Associate Degree of Theology

Course description

The Associate Degree of Theology grounds students in foundational theological disciplines and provides an opportunity for advanced level study of more specific unit areas within a chosen field of study. A student’s specialisation is referred to as a “major”.

The two-year Associate Degree of Theology requires students to complete foundational Bible and Christian Thought units before undertaking units in a chosen specialised field of study. Specialisations include: Biblical and Language Studies; Christian Thought and History; and Practical Ministry Studies.

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 functional 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
LA/BB/NT/OT/CH/TH/PE     Primary Course Discipline   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.