Diploma of Theology

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 Diploma of Theology provides a foundation in theology as a basis for Christian ministry.

Why study this course?

  • introduces you to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasises application and articulation of this story and message in the contemporary world.
  • has a focus on units in Old Testament, New Testament, Theology, and Church History.
  • provides a grounding for ministry by establishing a foundation in theological knowledge and reflection.
  • Through elective units you can develop practical ministry skills.

Course Delivery

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

Course Structure

96 credit points (1 year full-time or up to 5.5 years part-time) 

Full-Time Study

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

Part-Time Study

You can also opt to study the Diploma of Theology 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]


Either a Church History unit OR a Theology unit [at least 8 credit points]

Up to 3 units (at least 24 credit points) in Bible AND Christian Thought & Practice (units starting with BB/OT/NT/CH/TH/PE) Up to 5 elective units from any field of study to reach the total of 96 credit points

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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 Requirement

The Diploma courses are Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 5 awards.

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

Discipline Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Demonstrate essential knowledge of the Bible and Christian Thought as academic disciplines
    2. Recognize the essential spiritual and ethical implications of biblical and theological knowledge and understanding

Inquiry and Analysis

  1. Collect, summarize, and analyse information from standardbiblical and theological sources and scholarship

Problem Solving and Integration

  1. Construct evidence-based perspectives and responses to essential biblical and theological issues by using standard source materials and methods


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

Teamwork and Professional Practice

  1. Under supervision, apply essentialbiblical and theological understanding in formal ministry contexts and the wider community

Engagement With the World

  1. Engage with essentialchallenges 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
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