Course description

The Associate Degree of Ministry grounds students in foundational theological disciplines and provides an opportunity for advanced level study of more specific unit areas within their chosen fields of study. 

The two-year Associate Degree of Ministry requires students to satisfactorily complete foundational Bible & Christian Thought unit, before specialising in disciplines wherein the knowledge of God is applied to Christian practice in at least two fields within the following areas: Evangelism and Mission (EM), Pastoral and Church Focused Ministry (PC), and Developmental Ministry (DM).

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 Pathways

This course provides a smooth pathway from a two-year course to 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

16 units (192 credit points) at AQF level 5 and above, including at least 4 units (48 credit points) at level 6 or above.

Course Duration

Minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years.

Study Modes

Units are available both on-campus and online.

Campuses this course is delivered at:

Sydney Campus & Perth Campus

Course Structure

OT001 & OT002 Old Testament Introduction 24
NT001 & NT002 New Testament Introduction 24
CH/TH/PE Christian Thought 24
OT/NT     Biblical Exegesis Units 24
EM/PC/DM Ministry & Practice 48
Any AQF level 5 or above    Electives from any field 48

16 units (192 credit points) at AQF level 5 and above. Must include at least 4 units (48 credit points) at level 6 or above, of which 2 units (24 credit points) must be in the primary course discipline.

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.