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Diploma of Theology (DipTh)

Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or evidence of academic suitability

The SMBC Diploma of Theology is a great place to begin your theological studies and start testing where God might be preparing you to serve. At AQF level 5, it’s ideal for those without an undergraduate degree. It can be studied full-time or part-time.

The Diploma will give you solid biblical foundations (Old Testament and New Testament) plus open up to you the worlds of theology, church history, missions, preaching and pastoral care.

Studying the Diploma full-time will also provide you the opportunity to concurrently do the SMBC Certificate in Bible and Mission (CBM). The CBM gives you access to all the benefits of SMBC’s expertise in spiritual formation, cross-cultural mission and pastoral ministry.

The Diploma also opens up pathways to further study, for example, the Associate Degree of Ministry, Bachelor of Ministry and Bachelor of Theology. It is the equivalent of the first year (full-time) of these longer degrees.

An early exit point for the Diploma of Theology is the Undergraduate Certificate of Theology or Ministry  (which requires 48 credit points).

The Diploma will give you a basic competency to serve in a local church or para-church ministry, or use your existing profession or trade on the mission field. Further study, at degree level, is usually required for full-time vocational ministry.

Course AQF level: 5
Full-time: 1 year
Maximum time: 5.5 years
Credit points: 96
Available to overseas students: yes
Admission Requirements: ATAR: Completion of Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above; OR Previous Qualifications: Successful completion of a qualification at AQF Level 5 or above; OR Demonstrate Academic Suitability for course: Test, Brief Essay, or Interview. Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
Note: This course can be completed entirely by intensive-mode study and/or evening lectures.

For more detailed information on this course see the ACT course overview

View Unit (Subject) Codes and Descriptions
View Course Outline for Part-Time Study

If you are interested in this course, please feel free to contact our registrars for more information here


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Sydney Missionary and Bible College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology
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