Advanced Diploma of Ministry

Course Description

The Advanced Diploma of Christian studies introduces students, in a systematic manner, to the classical discipline of theology, as a means of preparing men and women for well-informed participation in the life of the church and, if students so choose, for ministry in one or more areas of pastoral practice.

In addition to Bible and Christian Thought units, the Advanced Diploma of Ministry has an emphasis on Ministry and Practice units in the areas of Pastoral & Church-Focussed Ministry (PC), Developmental Ministry (DM), and Evangelism & Mission (EM).

See the ACT website for the full list of course learning outcomes.

Entry Requirements
  • ATAR: Completion of Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above; OR
  • Previous Qualifications: Successful completion of a qualification at AQF Level 5 or above; OR
  • Demonstrate Academic Suitability for course: Test, Brief Essay, or Interview.
  • Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
Study Pathway

This course provides a smooth pathway from a one year course into a bachelor degree, should a student wish to articulate.

Career Options

The course provides foundational knowledge and skills appropriate to Christian ministry, but not to the depth required for leaders and teachers in congregations, for which vocations the Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry, the Master of Ministry, and the Master of Divinity have been devised.

Credit Points

12 Units (144 credit points) at AQF level 5 and above, including at least 4 units (48 credit points) at level 6 or above.

Course Duration

Minimum 1.5 years, maximum 8 years 

Study Modes

Units are available both on-campus and online.

Campuses this course is delivered at:

Sydney Campus & Perth Campus

Course Structure

OT/NT Biblical Studies 24
CH/TH/PE Christian Thought 24
EM/PC/DM Ministry & Practice 48
Any AQF level 5 or above unit    Electives from any field    48

12 units (144 credit points) including at least 2 units (24 credit points) at level 6 or above.

 This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.