MST Course Outline

Graduate Diploma of Arts (Ministry)

Course code:GradDipMin
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.


The Graduate Diploma of Arts (Ministry) 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. The course is aimed at broadening and deepening the ministry concepts begun in the first degree in theology or providing opportunities for initial professional and vocational development after the completion of a first degree in theology. As such, it is a course of study for practitioners who already have some ongoing professional experience or for initial professional development.

You will be equipped with

  • ability to successfully negotiate the content and demands of a number of units in a specialised field of study in which theological insights are brought to bear upon the graduates’ ministry context
  • demonstration of knowledge and competence of skills in the analysis of texts and ideas, and issues in practical ministry
  • demonstration of wide reading, intellectual independence, critical thinking and analytic rigour at early postgraduate level such that the potential for research at masters level is emerging.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma of Arts (Ministry) comprises 8 subjects in total. It can be completed in a minimum of 1 year full-time, or up to 4 years part-time.

Required Subjects (Choose 3)

Jesus and the Gospels Old Testament FoundationsEarly Church History (30-451)
Early New Testament ChurchOld Testament Prophets and WritingsReformation in Britain and Europe

Ministry Stream Electives (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

• Biblical Hebrew
• Biblical Greek
• Intermediate Greek

Philosophy & Ethics
• Introduction to Christian Ethics
• Philosophy Essentials for Christian Thinkers
• Christian World-view
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

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.

Where this Degree may take you

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.

"I chose the diploma course 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 Arts (Ministry) suits part-time students who wish to balance work and study, with a wide breadth of Biblical and Ministry electives to choose from.