Associate Degree of Ministry

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Course Description
This two-year degree gives you opportunities to engage in foundational studies and to develop these further with advanced subjects in theology, church history and ministry skills. The award is suitable for people who are preparing for ministry, but who do not need the biblical depth or advanced ministry skills of a three-year degree.

Course Details

Duration 2 years full-time equivalent
Part-time (maximum 6 years)
Mode On-campus, Online, Multi-mode
Timing Full-time or Part-time
Semester or Intensive or Extensive Classes
Course Level Australian Qualifications Framework Level 6
Unit Level Delivered at Levels 5-7
Early Exit Point Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry
Diploma of Ministry
Advanced Diploma of Ministry
Graduates may complete further study in Bachelor Degrees
Admission 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: Successful completion of the Ridley Bridging Program 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.
Fee Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 192 credit points (16 subjects)
including at least 48 credit points at Level 6 or above

Course Structure

The Associate Degree of Ministry has 16 subjects in total, each worth 12 credit points. There are eight core subjects (96 credit points), four Ministry and Practice Electives (48 credit points), and four electives from any field of study (48 credit points).

Common Core (96 credit points):

Additional Requirements (96 credit points):


This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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