Graduate Diploma of Divinity

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Course Description
The Graduate Diploma of Divinity is a great introduction to the Bible, theology and ministry for those who already hold a bachelor level degree.

Graduates will be equipped to serve in their churches and communities with a more informed approach to ministry. These courses are generally not sufficient training for full-time ministry which typically requires the completion of a three or four-year degree.

The Graduate Diploma of Divinity will enable you to reflect on aspects of your Christian faith and practice according to your interests. We offer a range of subjects that allow you to specialise in different areas of ministry including School Chaplaincy and Children’s and Youth Ministry.

Course Details

Duration Full-time (1 year) or
part-time (maximum 4 years)
Mode  On-campus, online, mixed-mode*
*May include on campus, online and intensives
Course Level Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8
Unit Level Delivered at levels 8 or above
Graduates may complete further study in Master of Divinity
Master of Ministry
Prerequisites 3-year undergraduate degree from an accredited provider
Fee-Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 96 credit points (8 subjects), all at level 8 or above

Course Structure
The Graduate Diploma of Divinity consists of 8 subjects, each worth 12 credit points (96 credit points in total). There are five core subjects (60 credit points) and three electives (36 credit points) which must all be at level 8 or above.

Core Subjects

Elective Subjects 
There are a range of electives to choose from either online or on-campus.  To view the list of possible subjects (only those at level 8 or above), please go to our Subjects page and also check the current Timetable.


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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attending its campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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