Australian College of Theology

Graduate Certificate of Divinity

Course code:GCD
Type:Graduate Certificate
Length:6 months full-time or up to 2 years part-time
Pre-requisites:Bachelor Degree in a non-theological discipline
English Language: IELTS score of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in reading and writing, along with a minimum of 6.5 in listening and speaking. ATAR score of 65 or above


The Graduate Certificate of Divinity is a shorter version of the Graduate Diploma of Divinity, requiring only four units to be completed. The course is for students with a non-theological undergraduate degree, who want to engage in theological study and gain a stronger understanding of the Scriptures and the Christian faith. You will deepen your understanding of theology, Old and New Testament themes and context, the Church and its history, and acquire new insights for serving on a ministry team or in a ministry setting. You will gain the confidence and biblical grounding needed to serve the Lord.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor Degree in a non-theological discipline.
International English Language Testing Service of 7.0 overall with 7.0 in reading and writing and 6.5 in listening and speaking for Non English Speaking Background students.

ATAR score of 65 or above

Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate of Divinity comprises 4 subjects in total. It can be completed in a minimum of 6 months full-time, or up to 2 years part-time.

Learning Outcomes

  • A broad overview of the Scriptures, theological themes, and historical context.
  • An understanding of some of the major theological tenets of the Christian faith which underpin any coherent theological worldview and philosophy of ministry.
  • An ability to communicate the core doctrines of the Christian faith.
  • Skills in at least one pastoral ministry area.

Subject Options

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Required Subjects (Choose 2)

Jesus and the Gospels Old Testament FoundationsChristianity in History to 1550Knowledge of God
Early New Testament ChurchOld Testament Prophets and WritingsChristianity in History From 1550Doctrine of God and Work of Christ
Introduction to Christian EthicsChristian ApologeticsPhilosophy EssentialsGrace and Eschatology
Church, Sacraments and Ministry

Ministry Stream Electives (Choose 2)

Biblical Interpretation
• Hermeneutics

New Testament
• Luke & Historical Jesus Studies
• Fourth Gospel (John)
• Pauline Theology & Romans
• Corinthians & Ephesians
• Epistles: James & Peter
• Epistle: Hebrews

Old Testament
• Pentateuch
• Former Prophets
• Isaiah
• Jeremiah
• Psalms

Cross-Cultural Missions
• Aid & Development
• Biblical Theology of Mission
• Contemporary Theology of Mission
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Cultural Anthropology
• Living Faiths
• Principles of Evangelism

Islamic Studies
• Christian Apologetics to Islam
• Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Mohammad: A Christian Perspective
• The Qur’an: a Christian Perspective
• Christian worship
• Congregational or Pastoral Care Field Education
• Disability & Normality
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Introduction to Preaching
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Principles of Evangelism
• Principles of Leadership & Management
• Christian World-view
• Chaplaincy in Education Settings
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Living Faiths
• Disability and Normality
• Chaplaincy Skills
• Christian World-view
• Christian Worship
• Patterns of Spiritual Formation
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Spirituality & the Arts
• Christian World-view

About this Degree

Comprising four subjects, the Graduate Diploma of Divinity suits part-time students who wish to balance work and study, with a wide breadth of Biblical and Ministry electives to choose from.

What options do I have after this course?

Leadership within a congregational team with responsibility for assisting in a ministry area.

A Pastoral Care role within a church or para-church ministry.

Get involved in a local or international intercultural ministry.

A role within a cross-cultural mission agency.