Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies
Course information for - 2023 entry
Offered at 7 locations
- 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
- Fees (first year)*
- Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not availableMidyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023Applications open April 2023
The Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies provides a deeper engagement with theology beyond the foundational level, and through the lens of the Catholic intellectual tradition. It is suitable for you if have an undergraduate or graduate certificate-level qualification in theology and are seeking professional development for a career in a Catholic or other Church or faith-based organisation. This program is also suitable for you if you wish to pursue an interest or are preparing for masters-level coursework in the field.
Available specialisations include:
- Ancient languages
- Biblical world
- Christian thought and tradition
- Liturgical studies
- Mission and ministry
Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies qualifies you for admission and advanced standing into the Master of Theological Studies and Master of Professional Studies in Theology.
Professional recognition may differ between dioceses. Teacher applicants are advised to contact the Catholic or State Education Office in the area in which they teach to ascertain the status of the course.
Students who wish to proceed to further study upon completion of the graduate certificate are eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies course. Teacher graduates of these two awards may be able to seek four-year trained teacher status with an employer. Applicants are advised to discuss these possibilities with their local Catholic or State Education Office.
Graduates of postgraduate study in Theology typically include people in ordained and lay ministry, chaplaincy, education and health care.
To complete the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies, a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).
Sample program map
|Year - Study period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4||Unit 5|
Year 1 Semester 1
THBS501 Biblical Studies
PHIL626 Philosophical Contexts for Theology
Year 1, Professional Term 5
THCT500 Foundations of Christian Faith
Year 1, Semester 2
This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
A student who has completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (40 cp) may exit with that award.
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
A student who has completed the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies will be granted advanced standing.
Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.
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Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies provides entry into the Master of Theological Studies.
All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.
A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:
- the number of units studied per semester;
- the choice of major or specialisation; and
- elective units.
The University reviews fees annually.
You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.
You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.
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