MST Course Outline

Diploma (Essentials)

Course code:Diploma of Christian Studies
Length:12 months or at your own pace (part-time)
Pre-requisites:Year 12 or Mature Age entry if over 20 years
English Language: IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in each subtest.

Where this course may take you

After completing the Diploma, you can become a ministry team member able to work in pastoral care or other ministry areas.

You will also be equipped to witness your faith with confidence in your Christian or secular workplace.


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 permanent residents in Australia.

You will be equipped with

A well-developed overall knowledge of the Bible and major theological doctrines.
The ability to interpret and apply your knowledge of the Bible and theological doctrines in your life and ministry.
An understanding, experience, practice and exercise of your own particular ministry skills and gifts

Course Structure

The Biblical Essentials Diploma comprises 12 subjects in total. It can be completed in 18 months full-time but has no maximum time limit for completion.

Required Subjects

Jesus and the Gospels Old Testament FoundationsEarly Church History
Early New Testament ChurchOld Testament Prophets and Writings

You can also choose from the following ministry stream electives:

• Patterns of Spiritual Formation
• Theology for Everyday Life
• 1 missions stream elective from the Bachelor of
Ministry brochure (some conditions may apply),
OR, Field Education/Church Ministry placement

Entry Requirements

FEE-HELP is available.
Year 12 or Mature Age entry if over 20 years
English Language: IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in each subtest.

Course Coordinator

Gillian Asquith is the Coordinator of the Diploma program. A graduate herself of MST, she is passionate about teaching God’s people to interpret and apply the Bible faithfully. She enjoys using her background in Education, Bible and Theology to assist students who want the biblical and practical training that the Diploma of Christian Studies offers.

“I grew up in Romania and have worked in hospitality, administration and early childhood teaching – so I’m not 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 already travelled the world aboard the OM Ship, Doulos, but God hasn’t let cross-cultural mission off our hearts. Biblical Foundations 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.”

About this course

A major benefit of the Diploma of Christian Studies is that it can be completed in one year. It makes the ideal Gap Year before heading off to Uni or the workplace. You can also continue on at MST with credit towards a Bachelor of Ministry, Theology or Christian Studies.