Diploma of Christian Studies


Are you looking for a meaningful Gap Year experience before you begin university studies or a career?

Would you like to learn how to navigate through God’s Word and become firmly grounded in the essential truths of Scripture?

Are you preparing for short-term mission and would like to keep the option of a degree open when you return?

Whether you’re fresh out of school or haven’t studied in years, the Diploma of Christian Studies is an ideal starting point for studying the Bible, theology and mission.

With a broad range of entry-level subjects, you will study many of the essential aspects of the Christian life. The Diploma will provide you with a solid scriptural foundation to grow your Christian faith and develop your ministry skills. A high level of personal guidance and support is provided, as well as practical hands-on experience through Field Ministry placement opportunities. FEE-HELP is also available for Australian residents.

You will be equipped with

  • A developed overall knowledge of the Bible and major theological doctrines.
  • A growing ability to interpret the Bible and apply its teachings to your life and ministry.
  • A further understanding of your own particular ministry skills and gifts.

Course Structure

The Diploma of Christian Studies comprises 8 subjects in total. It can be completed in 12 months full-time or at your own pace part-time.

Ministry Subjects

Patterns of Spiritual Formation
Theology for Everyday Life
1 Missions Stream Elective from the Bachelor of Ministry OR a Field Education/ Church Ministry placement

Entry Requirements

English Language: IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in each subtest
Year 12 equivalent or Mature Age entry if over 20 years

FEE-HELP is available.

Where this course may take you

Further study – transition into a Bachelor of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Christian Studies (conditions apply; see the Enrolment Coordinator for details).

Workplace outreach and evangelism – develop a solid understanding of Christian faith and practice for work in any career or profession.

Mission or Ministry – gain further knowledge and skills for work in a local church or mission context.

Doini's Testimony

”I grew up in Romania and have worked in hospitality, administration and early childhood teaching. I don’t consider myself to be a ‘natural academic’! But to have the opportunity to study and learn more about the Word of God is both a privilege and an honour. It’s worth the effort!

My husband, Ollie, and I have travelled the world aboard the OM ship, Doulos, but God hasn’t let cross-cultural mission off our hearts. The Christian Studies Diploma gives me the opportunity to complete a year of theological study that deepens my understanding of the Bible, firms my foundations in the Lord, and prepares me for future mission work.”