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Diploma in Ministry

Abbreviation: DipMin Accredited through UD
1 year full-timeUp to 4 years part-time
Available to domestic students only

The Diploma in Ministry equips students with foundational knowledge and skills to engage in practical Christian ministry in a range of contexts. It explores the biblical and theological basis of ministry and assists students to utilise tools of personal and theological reflection to understand themselves in relation to their ministry contexts, grow their capacity and respond effectively to their call to serve others.


Course outcomes

Graduates of the Diploma in Ministry

  1. demonstrate foundational knowledge of Christian texts and traditions, particularly those relating to personal formation and ministry with others.
  2. apply foundational ministry knowledge and skills to ministry contexts in responsible ways.
  3. demonstrate interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  4. reflect theologically on their ministry practice.

 Course snapshot available here.

The Diploma in Ministry consists of 8 standard units (144 points). The structure of the award is:

  • XD1001Z The Practice of Christian Ministry
  • XD1002Z Introduction to Christian Spirituality and Discipleship
  • XD1003Z Introduction to Christian Mission
  • 1 standard unit (18 points) in Biblical Studies or New Testament
  • A further 4 standard units (72 points) including at least 36 points from Field D or 36 points of work integrated learning

Units available for this award:

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Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of Year 12 in an Australian secondary school, or equivalent.
  • Probationary admission is available to approved persons aged 21 or greater who have not completed Year 12.

Key admission policies

Where the first language is other than English, 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.


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

Overseas students

  • No— this course is only available for domestic students.


  • The Diploma in Ministry is an accredited AQF level 5 course of the University of Divinity (UD).
  • For further information, see UD course information for Diploma in Ministry.

Further study

  • The Diploma in Ministry may comprise the first year of an Advanced Diploma or Bachelor award.