Diploma of Christian Studies

(DipChSt)

The Diploma of Christian Studies introduces students to some of the basics of Bible, theology and ministry practice. It is a great place to start building a future in mission and ministry. Through this Diploma, students study a broad range of introductory units, and learn how to translate foundational academic concepts into practical application. Units studied in the Diploma of Christian Studies are undertaken at a Bachelor level.

Number of Units

8

Duration of Course

1 year full-time
3 years part-time

Entry Requirements

Aged 21+ or
completion of year 12

Core Units Required

4 core units
/ Introduction to the Old Testament OR Introduction to the New Testament
/ Introduction to Theology
/ Introduction to Discipleship OR Introduction to Pastoral Care
/ Spiritual Formation 1 (Personal Transformation)
4 elective units

Majors
/ Christian Thought
/ Christian Practice

Cost

Standard unit: $2,090
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

The completed Diploma of Christian Studies can be used as credit equivalent to the first year of a BTh or BMin.

Bachelor of Theology

(BTh)

In the Bachelor of Theology, students will develop a strong biblical and theological foundation and be equipped for long-term mission and ministry. The degree is tailored for God’s people wherever they work, minister and live in the church, workplace and community.

Students will explore biblical and theological issues and develop critical-thinking skills that will enable them to foster a culture of reflection in pastoral situations through sound biblical and theological frameworks. The study of biblical languages allows students to engage the biblical text at a new and profound level. ACOM’s spiritual formation process is interwoven throughout this degree, with the aim of enhancing the overall personal and spiritual development of students, challenging them to delve deeply into their relationship with God.

Number of Units

24

Duration of Course

3 years full-time
9 years part-time

Entry Requirements

Aged 21+ or
have ATAR 65+ or OP ≤16

Core Units Required

18 core units
/ Introduction to the Old Testament
/ Introduction to the New Testament
/ Hermeneutics
/ The Four Gospels
/ The Pentateuch
/ Romans
/ Introduction to Theology
/ The Church
/ The Person and Work of Christ
/ The Spirit of Life
/ The Trinity
/ Theological Ethics
/ Spiritual Formation 1 (Personal Transformation)
/ Spiritual Formation 2 (Community Transformation)
/ Spiritual Formation 3 OR another Spirituality elective
/ Hebrew I OR  Greek I
/ Introduction to Christian History
/ The Restoration Movement (Churches of Christ only) OR C&MA Distinctives (Christian & Missionary Alliance only)

6 elective units

Majors
/ Christian Life and Ministry
/ Christian Spirituality
/ Mission
/ Pastoral Theology
/ Biblical Studies
/ Theology

Cost

Standard unit: $2,090
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Students with the BTh may continue on to the MA, MTh, MTS, MDiv or MLead or (with experience) the MProfSupervision.


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