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 1-year full-time
Part-time (maximum 4 years)
Mode  On-campus, Online, Mixed-mode*

*May include intensives, online, on-campus and study tours

Course Level Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8
Unit Level Delivered at Levels 7-8
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 total (8 subjects), including 36 credit points at Level 8


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 additional electives (36 credit points) that you may choose at level 8.

Core Subjects

Elective Subjects 
There are a range of online and on-campus elective subjects you can choose from. To view the list of these subjects, please look through our subjects page (please note that subjects must be offered at level 8).


This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

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