Diploma Of Ministry

Course Description

In addition to Bible and Christian Thought units, the Diploma of Ministry has an emphasis on Ministry and Practice units in the areas of Pastoral and Church-Focused Ministry, Developmental Ministry, and Evangelism & Mission.

The Diploma of Ministry will introduce students, in a systematic manner, to the body of coherent knowledge that is 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.

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 into the Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor of Ministry/Theology awards, 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, Master of Ministry, and the Master of Divinity have been devised.

Graduates of this course may be well-informed members of a church-ministry team with shared responsibility for the Christian education program, or a member of a church pastoral ministry team under the leadership of a qualified practitioner with a degree in theology or ministry. 

Credit Points

8 units (96 credit points) at AQF level 5 and above.

Course Duration

Minimum 1 year, maximum 8 years.

Study Modes

Units are available both on-campus and online.

Campuses this course is delivered at:

Sydney Campus & Perth Campus


OT/NT Bible Introduction 24
TH/CH/PE Christian Thought 12
EM/PC/DM Ministry & Practice 24
Any AQF level 5 or 6 unit Primary Course Discipline 36

8 units (96 credit points) at AQF level 5 and above

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.