Australian College of Theology

Diploma of Christian Studies

Course CodeDipChrStuds
Course TypeUndergraduate diploma
Pre-requisitesCompletion of Year 12 and ATAR 65+.
Duration1 year (Full Time) or at your own pace (Part Time)
Credit Points32


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.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the DipChrStuds is normally on the basis of the applicant:

  • having satisfactorily completed Year 12 in an Australian school system or Mature Age entry if over 20 years.
  • having achieved an ATAR of at least 65.
  • demonstrating English language skills appropriate to this level of study.

Consideration will also be given to other factors such as practical experience, maturity and motivation, and the likelihood of satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the course.

Course Structure

The Diploma of Christian Studies is comprised of one 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 DipChrStuds requires the satisfactory completion of 32 credit points. Subjects are 4 credit points each.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.


For current information about your subject options, click on the following link:

Core Subjects:Elective Subjects:
OT201 Old Testament FoundationsPC221 Theology for Everyday Life
OT202 Old Testament Prophets and WritingsPC235 Principles of Leadership and Management
NT201 Jesus and the GospelsPC244 Practical Ministry Field Education
NT202 Early New Testament Church
CH201 Christianity in History to 1550

”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.