Diploma of Ministry

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Course Description

The Diploma of Ministry is an entry-level course that provides an introduction to the Bible and Christian theology, with the opportunity to learn some basic ministry skills.

The Diploma of Ministry is a great way for Christians to grow in their knowledge and faith and are suitable for some ministry vocations. They are generally not suited to full-time ministry which typically requires the completion of a three or four-year degree.

Course Details

Duration 1-year full-time
Maximum 5.5 years part-time
Mode On-campus, Online, Mixed-mode**May include intensives, online, on-campus and study tours
Course level Australian Qualifications Framework Level 5
Unit Level Delivered at Levels 5-7
Graduates may complete further study in Advanced Diploma of Ministry
Associate Degree of Ministry

Bachelor of Ministry

Prerequisites ATAR 65 or above, or
successful completion of a qualification at AQF Level 5 or above, or
successful completion of Ridley’s Bridging Program or equivalent
Fee Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 96 (8 subjects total)

Course Structure
The Diploma of Ministry has eight subjects total, each worth 12 credit points.

Core subjects: (60 credit points) 

Elective Subjects: (36 credit points – a total of 3 subjects) 

The Children’s and Youth Ministry Diploma can be taken as a Diploma or Graduate Diploma.


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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