Australian College of Theology

Graduate Diploma of Divinity

Course code:GDD
Type:Graduate Degree
Length:Min 1 year, up to 4 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.


One of our most popular qualifications, the Graduate Diploma of Divinity, 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.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma of Divinity comprises 8 subjects in total. It can be completed in a minimum of 1 year full-time, or up to 4 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

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

Required Subjects - Choose Minimum of 3 (one subject from each column)

Jesus and the Gospels Old Testament FoundationsChristianity in History to 1550
Early New Testament ChurchOld Testament Prophets and WritingsChristianity in History from 1550

Ministry Stream Subjects - Choose 5

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
• Wisdom Literature

Philosophy & Ethics
• Introduction to Christian Ethics
• Christian Apologetics
• Philosophy Essentials for Christian Thinkers
• Christian Critical Thinking

Systematic Theology
• Knowledge of God
• Doctrine of God & Work of Christ
• The Doctrines of Grace & Eschatology
• The Church, Sacraments, & Ministry

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
• The Hadith: A Christian Perspective
• Christian worship
• Congregational or Pastoral Care Field Education
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Introduction to Preaching
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Principles of Evangelism
• Principles of Leadership & Management
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Living Faiths
• Chaplaincy Skills
• Christian Worship
• Patterns of Spiritual Formation
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Faith & the Arts

“I chose the GDD at MST because I was interested in chaplaincy, wanted to deepen my knowledge of God, and the Grad Dip allowed me to balance study with full-time work.”
Bethany Vaughan
Occupational Therapist

About this Degree

Comprising eight 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.