Graduate Diploma of Divinity

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma of Divinity introduces students, in a systematic manner, to the classical discipline of theology, as a means of both preparing men and women for communicating Christian knowledge as well as laying the foundation for advanced degrees in theology and ministry.

The Graduate Diploma of Divinity constitutes one-third of the Master of Divinity (without the requirement for a Capstone Experience unit or research Project) and can be completed in the following ways:

  • a stand-alone course – students can complete the Graduate Diploma on its own, or 
  • a nested course within the Master of Divinity – students can surrender the Graduate Diploma and credit their completed units towards the Master of Divinity; or
  • an early exit point from the Master of Ministry or Master of Divinity.

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

Entry Requirements
  • Academic Qualifications: Completed 3 year bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking 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 to the Master of Divinity, 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

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

Course Duration

1 year minimum, 4 years maximum.

Study Modes

Units are available both on-campus and online.

Campuses this course is delivered at:

Sydney Campus & Perth Campus

Course Structure

OT/NT/BB OT/NT introduction or BB003 Hermeneutics   24
CH/PE/TH Christian Thought 12
AQF Level 8 or above    Electives from any field 60

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.