Australian College of Theology

Advanced Diploma of Ministry

Course CodeAdDipMin
Course TypeUndergraduate diploma
Pre-requisitesCompletion of Year 12 and ATAR 65+.
Duration1.5 year (Full Time) or up to 6 years (Part Time)
Credit Points144
Delivery LocationLaunceston Campus


The Advanced Diploma in Ministry introduces students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasises application and practice of this story and message in the contemporary world.

It requires specialisation in Evangelism & Missiology by which knowledge of God is applied to guide Christian practice

The course integrates studies in the Bible and Christian tradition with practical experience and include supervised practice based learning where appropriate.

Through elective units students can:
Develop particular ministry skills in the three fields of Ministry & Practice
Develop foundational understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History

Entry Requirements

Admission to the Advanced Diploma of Ministry is normally on the basis of the applicant:

  • having satisfactorily completed Year 12 in an Australian school system.
  • having achieved an ATAR of at least 65, or successfully complete a Pre-Entrance Assessment Task.
  • demonstrating English language skills appropriate to this level of study.

Course Structure

The Advanced Diploma of Ministry is comprised of one and a half year of full-time study. It can also be taken at a slower pace as part-time study.

Credit points refer to the overall student effort including contact hours and time on assessment tasks. The Advanced Diploma in Ministry requires the satisfactory completion of 144 credit points. Units are 12 credit points each.

Learning Outcomes

Discipline Knowledge and Understanding

1. Demonstrate a wider range of knowledge of ‘Ministry’ as an academic discipline than Diploma Graduates with particular attention to at least one area of ‘Ministry and Practice’

2. Draw on the key biblical and theological foundations of Ministry

3. Appreciate the key theological, spiritual and ethical implications of Ministry knowledge and understanding

Inquiry and Analysis

4. Collect, summarize, and analyse information from a wider range of biblical, theological and social scientific sources and scholarship in inquiry based learning

Problem Solving and Integration

5. Construct evidence-based perspectives and responses to key Ministry issues by using a wider range of source materials and methods


6. Present key Ministry ideas, knowledge and principles to, and engage with, different audiences using a variety of formats

Teamwork and Professional Practice

7. Under supervision, apply key Ministry understanding in formal ministry contexts and the wider community

Engagement With the World

8. Engage with the key challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world

Continuous Learning and Professional Development

9. Demonstrate a capacity for reflection and learning to sustain personal and professional development in Christian life and ministry


Core Units:Primary Course Discipline:Elective Units:
2 of Old/New Testament Introduction, History of Missions/Emergence of Christianity Theology overviewAt least 4 from: Cultural Anthropology, Church Planting, Cross-cultural communication, Practical Ministry Field Education, Life of a MissionaryAt least 4 from any field.

”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.”

What options do I have after this course?

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.