Australian College of Theology

Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies

Course code:GDCS
Type:Graduate Diploma
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.


This Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies aims to equip graduates with theological knowledge and skills needed to apply a Christian perspective to their professional and vocational life, and is designed to integrate theological reflection with the particular occupational and/or life interests of students. Graduates from the management, business, legal, education, health and aged-care professions will be among those particularly attracted to this practical course.

Entry Requirements

The educational qualification for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies is an approved three-year non-theological undergraduate degree of a recognised university, or its equivalent. Prospective students will present full academic transcripts to their sponsoring institution.

For admission to the Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies, the minimum IELTS result required is 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies 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

  • the ability to develop skills in biblical exegesis, the practice of hermeneutics or interpretation, and theological reflection in such a way as to bring their theological insights to bear upon the world they face and on their roles and occupations in it
  • ability to integrate and synthesize insights gained from the student’s program of study with his or her vocational
    and/or life interests
  • ability to investigate by means of the project the particular interface of theological study and the world of work and/or
    life interest of the student
  • knowledge and competence in your analysis of texts and ideas, undertaking reading at greater depth and
    breadth than that expected of undergraduates, and show ability to read across viewpoints with understanding and to
    report these with empathy
  • ability to present well-structured and coherent arguments
  • demonstrate ability in all units undertaken to arrive at independent judgments and conclusions, and to engage in
    constructing their own theological world-view with attention to the deposit of faith and contemporary world-views
  • critical appreciation of the historical context of Christian thought and practice and gain a critical
    appreciation of relevant cultural issues from a Christian perspective.

Subject Options

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Required Subjects (Choose 3)

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 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
• Understanding the Hadith from 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
The Project allows students the opportunity to undertake sustained, in-depth research in the area of the integration of their professional and life interests with particular aspects of the Christian tradition.

About this Degree

Comprising eight subjects, the Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies 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?

After completing the Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies, you may  choose to continue in your chosen secular professions but will have the understandings and skills to integrate these with your Christian perspectives and commitment.

Depending on the units taken in the course, a you might be expected to participate as a member of a church, educational or pastoral ministry team under the leadership of a well-qualified practitioner.