Advanced Diploma of Ministry

If you’re looking to deepen your knowledge and understanding of God’s word and want to challenge yourself to grow in your practical ministry skills, studying a Diploma at MAC is a great option. Diploma study at MAC offers foundational groundwork in Bible, Theology, and Discipleship & Pastoral Ministry skills. The Advanced Diploma of Ministry integrates study of the Bible with a more practical focus on ministry. The Advanced Diploma covers a wider range of knowledge, sources and practical skill development than the Diploma of Ministry.

Why study this course?

The Advanced Diploma of Ministry

  • introduces students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasises application and practice of this story and message in the contemporary world.
  • requires specialisation in units focused on ministry and practice:
    • Evangelism & Missiology (EM) and/or
    • Pastoral & Church Focused Ministry (PC) and/or
    • Developmental Ministry (DM)
  • The course will integrate studies in the Bible and Christian tradition with practical experience and include supervised practice-based learning where appropriate.
  • Through elective units students can develop particular ministry skills and develop foundational understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History.

Course Delivery

Units will be taught in hybrid mode, i.e., students can attend class in-person on campus or attend online.

Course Structure

144 credit points (1.5 years full-time or up to 8 years part-time) 

132 credit points are undertaken at AQF Level 6. At least 12 credit points must be undertaken at AQF Level 6.

 Full-Time Study

The Advanced Diploma of Ministry can be studied full-time by studying 48 credit points per semester (= 4 x 12 credit point units per semester).

Part-Time Study

Students can also opt to study the Advanced Diploma of Ministry part-time by studying a minimum of unit per semester.

Core Units   Primary Discipline Units   Elective Units
Old Testament Overview (OT003-512) [12 credit points]

New Testament Overview (NT003-512) [12 credit points]


24 credit points in Church History unit OR Theology unit

  48 credit points in Ministry & Practice Units (units starting with PC/EM/DM) with at least 12 credit points completed at AQF Level 6 or above   At least 48 credit points in elective units from any field of study to reach the total of 144 credit points

View the 2023 Timetable                                           View the 2023 units

Your time commitment

Each 12 credit point unit requires 150 demand hours. This includes 36 hours of class time plus additional time for completing required readings as well researching for and writing your assignments.

Each 8 credit point unit requires 100 demand hours. This includes 24 hours of class time plus additional time for completing required readings as well researching for and writing your assignments.

Admission Requirements

The Advanced Diploma courses are Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 6 awards. The Advanced Diploma courses also require students to complete units at AQF level 5 and at least 2 units at AQF level 6 or above.

The admission requirement are:

  • ATAR: Completion of Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above; OR
  • Previous Qualifications: Successful completion of a qualification at AQF Level 5 or above; OR
  • Demonstrate Academic Suitability for course: Test, brief essay, or interview.

Language Qualifications for Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) students: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.

For further information, refer to the ACT’s Coursework Course Enrolment Policy.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Demonstrate a wider rangeof knowledge of ‘Ministry’ as an academic discipline than Diploma Graduates with particular attention to at least onearea of ‘Ministry and Practice’
  2. Draw on the key biblical and theological foundations of Ministry
  3. Appreciate the key theological, spiritual and ethical implications of Ministry knowledge and understanding

Inquiry and Analysis

  1. Collect, summarize, and analyse information from a wider range ofbiblical, theological and social scientific sources and scholarship in inquiry based learning

Problem Solving and Integration

  1. Construct evidence-based perspectives and responses to key Ministry issues by using a wider range ofsource materials and methods


  1. Present key Ministry ideas, knowledge and principles to, and engage with, different audiences using a variety of formats

Teamwork and Professional Practice

  1. Under supervision, apply key Ministry understanding in formal ministry contexts and the wider community

Engagement With the World

  1. Engage with the key challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world

Continuous Learning and Professional Development

  1. Demonstrate a capacity for reflection and learning to sustain personal and professional development in Christian life and ministry

Further information

To attend an information session please book here.

To book a phone call to discuss the course, email us at [email protected], supplying your mobile phone number and preferred time for a call.

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