Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry

2 years full-time or
equivalent part-time
Blended with Online

Building on the Diploma in Theology, the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry will deepen your understanding of the key theological disciplines of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought and History and in Ministry.  

What you will learn

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

Course structure

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

  • 1 unit (18 points) in Field B: Old Testament
  • 1 unit (18 points) in Field B: New Testament
  • 1 unit (18 points) in Field C: Systematic Theology
  • 1 unit (18 points) in Field C: Church History
  • 2 units (36 points) in Field B (Biblical Studies) and/or Field C (Christian Thought and History)
  • a further 10 units (180 points) from any Field

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

View the Timetable for current units offered.
View all Stirling Units and Fields.
Download the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry Course Planner to map out your studies.

Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of VCE or equivalent. Probationary admission is available to approved persons aged 21 or greater who have not completed Year 12.

Prospective students apply by direct entry to a College of the University. The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is not used in selection at the University of Divinity.

It may be possible for students to receive credit into their course for prior post-secondary study in theology or ministry.

International students:
Please read the entry requirements and follow the admission process for international students here.

Have questions about the course or application process?
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Course Cost

View unit fees and payment options here.
Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.

Further Opportunities

Upon successful completion, graduates may proceed to:

  • the Bachelor of Ministry
  • the Bachelor of Theology


This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.