Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry [AdvDipTheolMin]

CRICOS code: 075251E (Accredited through UD)


The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry builds on the Diploma in Theology by enabling students to deepen their understanding 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.

Course structure

The Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry consists of 288 points of study:

  • 18 points of Old Testament
  • 18 points of New Testament
  • 18 points of Church History
  • 18 points of Systematic Theology
  • 36 additional points from Field B (Biblical Studies) and/or Field C (Christian Thought and History)
  • a further 180 points of study.

Units available for this award:

Additional unit information

Other units may be available for study in this award. For course advice contact the ALC Dean, Dr Stephen Haar (

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.

For published information specific to this course, including the associated regulation, go to the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry.

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

Completion of admission includes a conversation with a course advisor.


  • Two years full-time or up to eight years part-time.

Study modes

  • ALC offers units in a variety of study modes (also referred to as delivery modes).

Please see ALC study modes. For off campus study options see Off campus study.

Course updated: 04/02/2019 5:10pm