Australian College of Theology

Associate Degree of Ministry

Course CodeAssDegMin
Course TypeAssociate Degree
Pre-requisitesCompletion of Year 12 and ATAR 65+.
Duration2 year (Full Time) or up to 6 years (Part Time)
Credit Points192
Delivery LocationLaunceston Campus


The Associate Degree 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 and Missiology by which knowledge of God is applied to guide Christian practice.

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 Associate Degree 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 Associate Degree in Ministry is comprised of two years 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 Associate Degree in Ministry requires the satisfactory completion of 192 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 the (Advanced) Diploma with particular attention to at least two fields of ‘Ministry and Practice’

2. Draw on biblical and theological foundations of Ministry

3. Apply the key spiritual and ethical implications of Ministry knowledge and understanding

Inquiry and analysis

3. Collect, summarize, and analyse information from standard biblical, theological and social scientific sources and scholarship in inquiry-based learning

Problem solving and integration

4. Construct evidence-based perspectives and responses to Ministry issues by using standard source materials and methods, especially in the discipline area of specialisation


5. 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 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:Elective Units:
Old Testament Foundations2 OT and/or NT
Old Testament Prophets and Writings2x electives (Leadership & Ministry, Patterns of Spiritual Formation, Evangelism & Missiology, Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts, Cross-Cultural Feild Education)
Jesus and the Gospels
Early New Testament Church
Cultural Anthropology
Church Planting
History of Missions / Emergence of Christianity
Theology Overview
Cross-Cultural Communication
Principles and Practice of Hermeneutics
Living Faiths
Practical Ministry Field Education

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.