Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies


ACC has partnered with MST,
an affiliated college of
the  Australian College of Theology

1 Year Full Time
32Credit Points

Centrelink Approved

4 Max Years
Part Time

Online Course


• Introduces graduate students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasizes application of this story to life in the world, including professional and vocational life. It is intended to enable students to apply a Christian perspective and commitment to their life in the world, including their professional and vocational life.

• A course in Christian Studies will be based on the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in two main fields:
– Bible & Languages (LA, OT, NT, BB)
– Christian Thought & History (TH, CH, PE)

• It will also provide an approach to synthesizing this understanding with particular occupational and/or life interested in ‘integrated studies’ (IN).

• Through elective units students can:
– Develop understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History
– Develop particular practical ministry skills in the three areas of the field of Ministry & Practice (EM, PC, DM) especially in the area of Christian counselling

Course Structure

Units in this course are completed at 500/600 level.


– 32 credit points over 1 year

Common Core

– 500 level units in BB and/or OT and/or NT: 8 cps
– 500 level units in CH/TH: 4 cps
– 500 level units in BB/OT/NT/TH/CH: 4 cps

Primary Course Discipline

– TH and/or PE: 8 cps
– 600 level units: 4 cps
– project (IN650): 4 cps

Admission Requirements

• Academic Qualifications: 3 year non-theological undergraduate degree or equivalent
• Mature Age Entry: Entry Test

Learning Outcomes

Discipline Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrate up-to-date advanced knowledge and understanding of foundational level ‘Christian Studies’, including the spiritual and ethical implications
  • Examine the interaction between Christian Studies and at least one other non-theological field of knowledge and understanding or life interest
  • Discuss the essential research principles and methods used to investigate the relationship of Christian Studies with other non-theological fields of knowledge (Christian counselling) and understanding or life interest

Inquiry and Analysis

  • Collect, analyse, evaluate and synthesize advanced scholarship in Christian Studies and other non-theological fields of knowledge and understanding in inquiry-based learning

Problem Solving and Integration

  • Synthesize Christian Studies with at least one other non-theological field of knowledge and understanding or life interest
  • Construct evidence-based perspectives on advanced issues in Christian Studies and other non-theological fields of knowledge and understanding by using recognized source materials and scholarly literature, evaluating alternative explanations and drawing reasoned conclusions


  • Plan and execute a research project by asking questions and identifying problems and using appropriate research principles and methods for relating Christian Studies with another field of knowledge and understanding or life interest


  • Present advanced ideas, knowledge and principles in Christian Studies and other non-theological fields of knowledge and understanding to, and engage with, specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of formats

Teamwork and Professional Practice

  • As leader and in groups, apply advanced understanding of Christian Studies in formal ministry contexts and the wider community

Engagement With the World

  • Bring developing professional and vocational capacity to engagement with the challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world

Continuous Learning and Professional Practice

  • Demonstrate a capacity for independent reflection and learning to sustain personal and professional development in Christian ministry



per semester for full-time (16cp) domestic students.

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Course Rules

  • Max cps per semester: 20
  • Students must not enrol in more than 20 cps in any one semester. Only specified pre-requisites apply to units in the Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies. The pre/co-requisites listed for 500-600 level units do not apply to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies.
  • A maximum of 12 cps may be taken in Type B elective units.
  • A maximum of 16 cps may be studied in DSC mode, including no more than 8 cps in any one field of study.

Occupational functions of graduates

  • Graduates of the course will normally continue in their chosen secular professions but will have the understandings and skills to integrate these with their Christian perspective and commitment.
  • Depending on the units taken in the course, a graduate might be expected to participate as a member of a church educational or pastoral ministry team under the leadership of a well-qualified practitioner.

Graduate Attributes

  • Skills in biblical exegesis, the practice of hermeneutics or interpretation, and theological reflection in such a way as to bring their theological insights to bear upon the world they face and on their roles and occupations in it,
  • Ability to integrate and synthesize insights gained from the student’s program of study with his or her vocational and/or life interests,
  • Ability to investigate by means of the project the particular interface of theological study and the world of work and/or life interest of the student;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competence in their analysis of texts and ideas, undertake reading at greater depth and breadth than that expected of undergraduates, and show ability to read across viewpoints with understanding and to report these with empathy,
  • Display an ability to present well-structured and coherent arguments,
  • Demonstrate ability in all units undertaken to arrive at independent judgments and conclusions, and to engage in constructing their own theological world-view with attention to the deposit of faith and contemporary world-views,
  • Develop a critical appreciation of the historical context of Christian thought and practice and gain a critical appreciation of relevant cultural issues from a Christian perspective.