MST Course Outline

Graduate Diploma of Divinity

Course code:GDD
Type:Graduate Degree
Length:Min 1 year, up to 4 years part time.
Pre-requisites:Bachelor Degree in a non-theological discipline
English Language: IELTS score of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in reading and writing, along with a minimum of 6.5 in listening and speaking.


One of our most popular qualifications, the Graduate Diploma of Divinity, is for students with a non-theological undergraduate degree, who want to engage in theological study and gain a stronger understanding of the Scriptures and the Christian faith. You will deepen your understanding of theology, Old and New Testament themes and context, the Church and its history, and acquire new insights for serving on a ministry team or in a ministry setting. You will gain the confidence and biblical grounding needed to serve the Lord.

You will be equipped with

  • A broad overview of the Scriptures, theological themes, and historical context.
  • An understanding of some of the major theological tenets of the Christian faith which underpin any coherent theological worldview and philosophy of ministry.
  • An ability to communicate the core doctrines of the Christian faith.
  • Skills in at least one pastoral ministry area.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma of Divinity comprises 8 subjects in total. It can be completed in a minimum of 1 year full-time, or up to 4 years part-time.

3x Required Subjects (1 subject from each column)

Jesus and the Gospels Old Testament FoundationsThe Church to 1550
Early New Testament ChurchOld Testament Prophets and WritingsThe Reformation in Britain and Europe OR The Church from 1550 to Modern Times

5x Ministry Stream Subjects

Biblical Interpretation
• Hermeneutics

New Testament
• Luke & Historical Jesus Studies
• Fourth Gospel (John)
• Pauline Theology & Romans
• Corinthians & Ephesians
• Epistles: James & Peter
• Epistle: Hebrews

Old Testament
• Pentateuch
• Former Prophets
• Isaiah
• Jeremiah
• Psalms
• Wisdom Literature

Philosophy & Ethics
• Introduction to Christian Ethics
• Philosophy Essentials for Christian Thinkers
• Christian World-view

Systematic Theology
• Knowledge of God
• Doctrine of God & Work of Christ
• Doctrines of Grace & Eschatology
• The Church, Sacraments, & Ministry

Cross-Cultural Missions
• Aid & Development
• Biblical Theology of Mission
• Contemporary Theology of Mission
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Cultural Anthropology
• Living Faiths
• Principles of Evangelism

Islamic Studies
• Christian Apologetics to Islam
• Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Mohammad: A Christian Perspective
• The Qur’an: a Christian Perspective
• Christian worship
• Congregational or Pastoral Care Field Education
• Disability & Normality
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Introduction to Preaching
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Principles of Evangelism
• Principles of Leadership & Management
• Christian World-view
• Chaplaincy in Education Settings
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Living Faiths
• Disability and Normality
• Chaplaincy Skills
• Christian World-view
• Christian Worship
• Patterns of Spiritual Formation
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Spirituality & the Arts
• Christian World-view

Entry Requirements

Bachelor Degree in a non-theological discipline.
International English Language Testing Service of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in reading and writing and 6.5 in listening and speaking for Non English Speaking Background students.

Where this Degree may take you

Leadership within a congregational team with responsibility for assisting in a ministry area.
A Pastoral Care role within a church or para-church ministry.
Get involved in a local or international intercultural ministry.
A role within a cross-cultural mission agency.

“I chose the GDD at MST because I was interested in chaplaincy, wanted to deepen my knowledge of God, and the Grad Dip allowed me to balance study with full-time work.”
Bethany Vaughan
Occupational Therapist

About this Degree

Comprising eight subjects, the Graduate Diploma of Divinity suits part-time students who wish to balance work and study, with a wide breadth of Biblical and Ministry electives to choose from.