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Building a Spiritual Foundation

YTI’s Diploma of Christian Theology arms students with a thorough foundation for ministry. The program includes 30 hours of classes that will help students grow and deepen their faith. We offer students a variety of courses, including theological understanding and biblical knowledge. Diploma-focus subjects provide students with more depth in specific areas across their typical 18 months of study on campus or online.

Earn Your Diploma at YTI

The programs at Yellowstone Theological Institute are accessible to students from a variety of educational backgrounds as they explore their faith through hands-on classroom learning, community involvement and mentorship in ministry.

In many cases, the diploma program, with tuition at $250 per class, is an additional way that students can supplement an already-existing degree.

Diploma Program

Diploma Program

At YTI, our Diploma program is for students who want to expand their learning, enrich their educational specialty or enhance their ministry. Students who graduate with their Diploma from YTI serve in churches around the world or use what they have learned in business or in their daily lives.

9 Core Hours
21 Concentration Hours
10 Areas of Concentration

Requirements

The program includes 30 hours of classes, with three core classes required for every diploma program. Meant to be flexible, it’s designed for students to be able to take as many or as few classes as they’d like, with classes available both in-person and online. Typically, the diploma program can be completed in 18 months.

Dozens of Challenging Classes

YTI has an extensive course catalog for its diploma program. Offerings include such classes as Biblical Languages, Spiritual Practice, Historical Theology, Natural Spirituality, Theology of Peace & Justice, and Wilderness Adventure. Many classes help provide a solid foundation in essential areas of biblical and theological knowledge.

 

Concentrations

In addition to core classes, YTI's diploma program gives students the opportunity to dive in and
learn more about a specific area of focus. See additional information about the ten options below.

Adventure Studies

YTI seeks to create culture where “Faith Meets Adventure and the Arts.” “Adventure” is one of the areas of human experience which enriches human life and growth. Adventure studies and outdoor leadership are growth areas for today’s churches. The ability to utilize our natural surroundings as a means of communicating the gospel, the Christian faith, and, bringing a depth of meaning to life, as well as leading others in this quest is at the heart of the adventure studies program.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will also choose two (2) electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV or ART courses.

Biblical Studies

The Biblical Studies concentration in the MA program is designed for the student who is currently in vocational ministry, but wants a deeper understanding of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. This concentration allows the student to study not only the overall trajectory of scripture, but also develop advanced historical, linguistic, theological, and contextual insights into the texts. The Biblical Studies concentration for the Diploma program exposes the student to these same insights, with a lighter work responsibility.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will also choose two (2) electives: 1) Any BIB course; 2) Any BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV or ARTS course.

Christian Ministries

“Ministry,” in its most basic form, is service done for the sake of the “other” — “Other” in this sense includes, God, neighbor, family and even enemy. In Christian circles — including the church proper, as well as para-church ministries — ministry includes pastoral ministry, worship ministry, family ministries, as well as ministries to children, youth and senior adults. In the Christian Ministry concentration, a student can prepare for traditional church ministry, including pastoral care, preaching, teaching, administration and leadership. The student can take specialty courses in the focus they wish to pursue.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will also choose two (2) electives: 1) Any MIN course; 2) Any COM course.

Christian Theology

The Theological Studies concentration in the MA program is designed for the student who wants to gain a deeper understanding of how human beings understand God, and specifically how Christians have constructed their theological positions over the last 2000 years. Additionally, the theological studies concentration gives the student the tools through which to construct faithful theological systems for the contemporary context in which he or she finds themselves.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will also choose two (2) electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV or ART courses.

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Today’s church often suffers from a lack of visionary leadership. The church, caught between long held assumptions about ministry and mission and a rapidly changing culture, often finds itself in steep numerical decline with a lack of both vision and the means by which to implement a new vision. The MA concentration in Entrepreneurial Leadership gives the ministry student an advanced education in contemporary leadership models and trends, as well as a method by which to create church “transition” models for the “turnaround” congregation that seeks to be relevant to the changing culture.

Imagination & Theology

Discusses the relationship between imagination and theology from a historic perspective, while examining the role of the imagination in theological construction.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will also choose two (2) electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV or ART courses.

Peace & Justice Ministries

As the role of the church in culture becomes contested, the need for convicted people of faith to form movements and communities focused on cultivating peace and justice becomes crucial. Today, men and women called to ministry often bypass the church proper in order to more quickly engage in ministry that serves the poor, the marginalized, the immigrant, the persecuted and the wounded. The Peace and Justice Ministries concentration gives the student the biblical and theological background, the community formations and communication methods to create and sustain effective peace and justice ministries.

Spirituality

We live at a time in Western history, where the fastest growing categories of religious practice are the categories called “Nones” and “Spiritual but Not Religious.” The former represents people who have no religious affiliation, and the latter represents those who affirm a form of “spirituality” but do not adhere to specific religious practice. The MA concentration in Spirituality is for the student who desires to develop an informed approach towards the history of spirituality, spiritual practice, spiritual formation, natural spirituality and Christian spiritual theology.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will also choose two (2) electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV or ART courses.

Theology and the Arts

Similar in effect to — yet different in process from — adventure, the fine and performing arts “feed the soul.” Music, art (painting, ceramics, sculpture), theatre, dance, film, literature and poetry serve the creative side of the human soul. They provide an outlet for expression where words often fall short. The early church used the arts extensively to communicate the messages of Scripture, as well as the life and teachings of Jesus. The MA student who chooses a Theology and the Arts concentration will be equipped to lead arts ministries in the church, as well as develop a deeper understanding of the important relationship between the arts and our Creator.

In addition to the concentration requirements, you will also choose two (2) electives from BIB, THEO, SPR, WCT, ADV or ART courses.

World Religions & Culture

The 21st century in Western culture has seen a level of religious pluralism that is unmatched in previous generations. The student who desires to go on the “mission field” will find study in World Religions and Culture absolutely necessary. In addition to studies in world religions, cultures, and cultural exegesis, this concentration also has courses in imagination, worldview and apologetics. The student who wants to know more about his or her world, world religions, and how we create a worldview will find the World Religions and Culture concentration exactly what he or she needs.

“It’s when you humble yourself
as a servant that people want to
follow you as a leader.”

-Levi Lusko

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