Courses

From undergraduate diplomas through to postgraduate research degrees, whether full-time, part-time or by intensive mode study, SMBC offers academic depth with flexibility depending on your goals.  All our courses have solid Biblical foundations and preparation for ministry, but each course has different requirements and emphasis. Except for the Certificate of Bible and Ministry and the Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies, which are SMBC awards, all courses are Australian College of Theology (ACT) courses.

We encourage you to contact our registrar's department on +61 2 9747 4780 or email to have a conversation about what course, or unit, might best suit your needs.

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Certificate of Bible and Ministry (CBM)

The CBM is an internal SMBC program that all full-time SMBC students participate in concurrently with their ACT course. The program supplements and complements the accredited studies and is made up of a number of subjects and participation in the community life at College.

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Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies (ICCS)

The ICCS is awarded to part-time students who have successfully completed a total of 192 hours of study at certificate level. This internal SMBC certificate is available to part-time students and does not require concurrent enrolment in an Australian College of Theology (ACT) course.

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Diploma of Christian Studies (DipChrStuds)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+). For overseas students only.

The DipChrStuds is primarily offered to overseas students. It provides an overview of the Bible, Church History, Theology with some Ministry and Practice units.

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Diploma of Theology (Pathway 1) (DipTh(P1))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The DipTh(P1) will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church as a Bible study leader, youth or children’s leader, or lay preacher. This course is only available to part-time students. It provides a broad understanding of the Bible, church history and theology as well as the option of choosing a couple of ministry and missions units.

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Combined Diplomas of Theology and Ministry (Pathway 1) (DipTh/DipMin(P1))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The purpose of the DipTh/DipMin(P1) is to prepare you for gospel ministry in your local environment or in cross-cultural settings in Australia or overseas. Graduates work in a wide variety of ministries including pastoral, youth, children’s, prison, church planting, evangelism, missions, and ‘tentmaking’. The course provides a broad understanding of the Bible, Church History and Theology as well as the option of choosing several Ministry and Missions units.

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Diploma of Ministry (Pathway 2) (DipMin(P2))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The DipMin(P2) suits those requiring some foundational biblical and theological education to serve in a local church, or to use their existing profession or trade on the mission field. It contains units of study which provide an overview of the Bible, Church History and Theology, as well as Ministry and Practice electives.

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Associate Degree of Ministry (AssocDegMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The AssocDegMin is offered through the SMBC Centre for Cross-Cultural Mission and provides a great balance of study in Bible, Church History, Theology and Missions. Cross-cultural fieldwork is a required component of this course, providing you with the opportunity to experience and reflect on ministry in a cultural context different to your own, either within Australia or overseas...

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Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The BTh is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas. It provides a broad knowledge of the Bible, as well as a more detailed textual, exegetical and theological treatment. It includes biblical languages as core units as well as missions and pastoral units...

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Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry (BTh/BMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The BTh/BMin is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas, with additional emphasis on missions, pastoral and ministry skills. This combined degree includes the full Bachelor of Theology programme which you will complete initially. Following this, the additional units leading to the award of the Bachelor of Ministry are chosen from a wide selection of ministry and practice areas: missions and cross-cultural studies, evangelism and educational chaplaincy. You may also choose to include a research project or a Master of Arts level unit in your selection.

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Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (BTh(Hons))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Bachelor of Theology with a GPA of at least 2.0 overall, and 2.8 in the designated field of study.

The BTh(Hons) program is designed for students who have graduated with a three year undergraduate degree in theology from the ACT and who have demonstrated high academic potential as a means of preparing you for advanced research in theology.

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Graduate Diploma of Divinity (GDDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The GDDiv will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church or for those wishing to use their profession on the mission field and require some foundational theological education. It provides a broad understanding of the Bible, Church History, Theology with some Ministry and Practice units.

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Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (MA(ChrStuds))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The MA(ChrStuds) is designed for those wishing to think theologically about their profession. The course contains two phases: Phase One is at graduate level and Phase Two is at postgraduate level...

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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The MDiv is a first theological degree which would suit any graduate wishing to prepare for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas...

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Master of Divinity/Graduate Diploma of Divinity (MDiv/GDDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The MDiv/GDDiv is a first theological degree which would suit any graduate wishing to prepare for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas...

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Graduate Certificate of Ministry (GradCertMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradCertMin is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Certificate of Theology (GradCertTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradCertTh is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry.This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Diploma of Ministry (GradDipMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradDipMin is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It may be a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. 

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Graduate Diploma of Theology (GradDipTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The GradDipTh is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It may be a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. 

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Master of Arts (Ministry) (MA(Min))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The MA(Min) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It may be a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Master of Arts (Theology) (MA(Th))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

This course is designed to provide graduates in theology, including those who are practitioners in ministry, the opportunity to undertake study at course work masters level, thus consolidating and enhancing the areas of speciality, or proceeding to new areas of professional and vocational expertise on the foundation of their first degree in theology.

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Master of Theology (MTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The MTh is a research degree with study and research to be undertaken normally in one field of specialisation within the departments of Bible and Languages, Christian Thought, or Ministry and Practice. The MTh is for theology graduates who are already engaged in ministry and aspire to be teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. Graduates of the course may articulate to the ACT's Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Theology.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The DMin is a research doctoral course for those who wish to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge as applied in the context of professional Christian ministry practice. The degree is designed to enable you to produce significant and original research outcomes and as a beginning researcher demonstrate the capacity to design, implement, gather and interpret data, and communicate the results of the research for theses undertaken in specific fields of knowledge applied to various areas of professional ministry.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The PhD is designed to allow candidates whose academic background is in fields other than traditionally related to theology to pursue research in their primary field of research and integrate their research with knowledge from various Christian traditional theological disciplines.

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Doctor of Theology (ThD)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The ThD is a premier research degree for graduates who are already engaged in the ministerial profession as aspiring teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. The degree is designed to equip men and women as beginning researchers in the traditional fields of theology and provide a qualification recognised by theological and Bible colleges as well as universities for those who teach in these fields.

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