ACD Course

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MINISTRY (GDipMin)

The Graduate Diploma in Ministry forms part of a nested suite of postgraduate courses that build seamlessly through to a Master of Ministry or Doctor of Ministry. The Graduate Diploma in Ministry is designed to provide the opportunity for theological reflection and professional development for Christian leaders in ordained and lay ministry roles, with an emphasis on innovation.

The course requires one year of full-time study, but is usually taken part time over two (or more) years of study.

After successful completion of the required units a student may choose to graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Ministry or may apply to transfer to the Master of Ministry.

Entry to the Graduate Diploma in Ministry normally requires:

  • A Bachelor degree in any discipline; and
  • At least two years’ relevant ministry experience; and Permission of the Course Coordinator.

However  the Postgraduate  Committee  may,  under certain  circumstances  and  subject  to  specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Credit may be granted for recognition of prior postgraduate studies undertaken at another approved Higher Education Institution.

The Graduate Diploma in Ministry consists of 36 credit points of study as follows:

Core Units (13.5 credit points)
These prepare students for advanced thinking and skills use in the area of Ministry Practice, engagement with current research in the field, and theological reflection upon their own ministry practice and leadership in the Australian context.

The required coursework units are: Reflecting on Best Practice in Ministry, Introduction to Community Research and Theology for Ministry Practice.

Guided Study or Coursework Units (22.5 credit points)
Students who hold a ministry or theology degree will be required to complete five Guided Study units, A to E. The Guided Studies provide the scope to shape the award to the specific needs of each student. After consultation with the Postgraduate Coordinator, students may complete an approved postgraduate unit, or with a supervisor read an agreed bibliography as individual study or as part of a group, or build their study around interviewing experts, attending a conference, or conducting a field trip, or undertake an agreed project set within the student’s ministry context.

Students coming from a discipline other than theology or ministry will be required to include three coursework units, being a choice of one out of two Biblical units, one of two Theology units and the third unit is Biblical Hermeneutics. They will either attend on-campus classes (offered across a semester) or enrol to study by distance. The content of Guided Study A and B will be negotiated with the course coordinator, with the same range of possibilities as listed above.

It is possible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Ministry Studies after the completion of the first part-time year, or, for those without a prior degree in theology of ministry, after completion of the three required coursework topics and Reflecting on Best Practice in Ministry.

Course Structure: for students who hold a ministry or theology degree

 Unit code and titleCredit points
Year 1
part-time
MINS8557 Reflecting on Best Practice in Ministry4.5
MINS8201 Guided Study A4.5
MINS8202 Guided Study B4.5
MINS8203 Guided Study C4.5
Year 2
part-time
MINS8558 Introduction to Community Research4.5
MINS8559 Theology for Ministry Practice4.5
MINS8204 Guided Study D4.5
MINS8205 Guided Study E4.5
ExitGraduate Diploma in Ministry36

Course Structure: for students who hold degrees in disciplines other than ministry and theology

 Unit code and titleCredit points
Year 1
part-time
MINS8557 Reflecting on Best Practice in Ministry4.5
MINS8558 Introduction to Community Research4.5
Either MINS8209 Interpreting the Old Testament
Or MINS8210 Interpreting the New Testament
4.5
MINS8201 Guided Study A4.5
Year 2
part-time
MINS8559 Theology for Ministry Practice4.5
MINS8207 Biblical Hermeneutics4.5
Either MINS8211 Introduction to Christian Thought
Or MINS8212 Jesus Christ: A Theological Introduction
4.5
MINS8202 Guided Study B4.5
ExitGraduate Diploma in Ministry36