Graduate Diploma of Divinity


The Graduate Diploma of Divinity is a great introduction to the Bible, theology and ministry for those who already hold a bachelor level degree. The GDDiv is the equivalent of the first year of a Master of Divinity/Ministry degree. The Graduate Certificate of Divinity is the first half of the GDDiv.

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.

Duration 1 year full-time equivalent (maximum 4 years) – Diploma
Location Parkville Campus, Online
Timing Full-time or Part-time
Semester or Intensive or Extensive Classes
Day or Evening Classes
Pathways School Chaplaincy, Marketplace Ministry or General Ministry
Unit Level Delivered at 500-600 level
Early exit point Graduate Certificate of Divinity
Articulates to 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 16 (4 subjects) – Certificate
32 (8 subjects) – Diploma


The Graduate Diploma of Divinity will enable you to reflect on aspects of your Christian faith and practice according to your interests. You may choose to focus on:

Core subjects (20 credit points):

I’m looking for something different…
Timing: Longer Program | Master of Divinity or Ministry
             Shorter Program | Graduate Certificate of Divinity
Academic Level: Lower Level | Diploma of Theology or Ministry
Academic Level: Higher Level | Master of Arts or Research

Additional Requirements

  • 12 cps of elective units

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This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

Ridley College

170 The Avenue, Parkville, Victoria, 3052 Australia / Phone 03 9207 4800 / Email

Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS: 02650E