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 up to 6 years (Part Time)
Credit Points96
Delivery LocationWantirna & Launceston Campuses


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.
  • 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 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 96 credit points. Units are 12 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.


Core Units:Elective Units:
Old Testament FoundationsTheology for Everyday Life
Old Testament Prophets and WritingsPrinciples of Leadership and Management
Jesus and the GospelsPractical Ministry Field Education
Early New Testament Church
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.