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Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry

Abbreviation: AdvDipTheolMin CRICOS code: 075251E Accredited through UD
2 years full-timeUp to 8 years part-time
Available to both domestic and overseas students

The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry builds on the Diploma in Theology by enabling students to deepen their understanding in one or more of the key theological disciplines of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought and History and in Ministry. This is extended by further study in those disciplines and in the area of practical ministry studies. It may be possible for students to undertake study in a ministry setting as part of the course.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry

  • have significant foundational skills for critical study of Christian texts
  • have skills to articulate and reflect upon foundational theological, scriptural knowledge and apply this to ministry practice
  • have strong analytical skills allowing them to analyse and communicate sound theological arguments, especially in relation to ministry tasks or worldview perspectives
  • apply their skills and knowledge to their own and other contexts and traditions through culturally relevant ministry practices
  • apply their skills and knowledge to the service of others through practical engagement and in contexts such as practical support ministries or cultural and philosophical analysis.

The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry consists of 16 standard units (288 points).

  • 1 unit of Old Testament
  • 1 unit of New Testament
  • 1 unit of Church History
  • 1 unit of Systematic Theology
  • 2 units of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies 
  • 2 additional units from Field B (Biblical Studies) and/or Field C (Christian Thought and History)
  • a further 144 points of study.

A student may undertake the AdvDipTheolMin subsequent to a Diploma in Theology. In this case the required number of units will be reduced accordingly.

View the units scheduled for delivery in 2024:

Other units may be available for study in this award. Contact for course advice.

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of Year 12 in an Australian secondary school or the Diploma in Theology, or equivalent.

Where the first language is other than English, please see the English language proficiency requirements in the Admissions Policy.

ALC operates with a policy of credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL); see the Credit Policy.

Online availability

  • Yes—this course can be studied entirely online. Some units may be taught by other University of Divinity colleges. Not all required units for the pastoral studies stream can be accessed online.


  • Yes—this course is registered for FEE-HELP.

Overseas students

  • Yes—this course is available to overseas students.
  • CRICOS code: 075251E