Diploma of Theology


The Diploma of Theology is an entry level courses that provide an introduction to the Bible and Christian theology, with the opportunity to learn some basic ministry skills.

Within this diploma, there are two ‘pathways’.

  • Pathway 1 consists of 12 subjects to be taken at diploma (200) level. Currently, Ridley only offers this pathway in our program for Non-English Speaking Background students.
  • Pathway 2 consists of 8 subjects taken at bachelor degree (300 & 400) level. In other words, it is the first year of a Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Ministry.

The diplomas are 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 require the completion of a three or four-year degree.

Pathway 2 can be extended to a Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Ministry.


Duration 1 year full time equivalent (maximum 4 years)
Location Parkville Campus, Online
Timing Full-time or Part-time
Semester or Intensive or Extensive Classes
Day or Evening Classes
Unit Level Delivered at 300-400 level
Early exit point N/A
Articulates to Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor
Prerequisites ATAR 65 or more or mature age admission
Fee Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 32 (8 subjects)


Core subjects: (16 credit points)

I’m looking for something different…
Timing: Longer Program   | Bachelor of Ministry  Bachelor of Theology
Academic Level: Higher Level | Graduate Diploma of Divinity

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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. © 2019 Copyright. All Rights Reserved.