Graduate Diploma of Divinity

Admission requirements: A bachelor degree or equivalent

The SMBC Graduate Diploma of Divinity (GradDipDiv) is a great place to begin your theological studies and start testing where God might be preparing you to serve. At AQF level 8, it’s ideal for those who already have a non-theological undergraduate degree. It can be studied full-time or part-time.

The Graduate 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. It includes some extra classes, community activities, conferences and College Mission.

The Graduate Diploma also opens up pathways to further study, for example, the Master of Divinity. The Diploma is the equivalent of one year (full-time) of the Masters degree, which is an ideal for preparation for full-time vocational ministry.  If for any reason your circumstances make it not possible to complete your diploma studies, it is possible to graduate with a Graduate Certificate of Divinity (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, the equivalent of a three year theological degree, is usually required for full-time vocational ministry.

Course AQF level: 8
Full-time: 1 year
Maximum time: 4 years
Credit points: 96
Delivery mode: units that can credit towards this course are delivered in a variety of on-campus and off-campus, semester-length and intensive options
Available to overseas students: yes, CRICOS Code: 054685G
Admission Requirements: 
Academic Qualifications: Completed 3 year bachelor degree or equivalent
Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking 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.


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

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology. For more detailed information on this course see the ACT course overview and ACT Coursework Course Enrolment Policy.


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