If you already have an undergraduate qualification, but want to boost those skills with some theological study, you’ll find that the Graduate Diploma of Divinity packs a lot into just one year.
You’ll be given a clear understanding of the big-picture story of the Bible, from creation to final revelation, and handed the tools to better understand and explain it. You’ll also be able to choose one book or key area of the Bible to explore more deeply, like Paul’s letters, the Gospels, or the Psalms. You can then uncover a bit of church history, look at the doctrines of eschatology or grace, or even learn some Hebrew or Greek. There’s a broad range of practical units too, which means you can take a closer look at what’s involved in pastoral care and the discipleship of others, gain the basic principles of good leadership, or learn new ways to share the gospel cross-culturally.
Whether you’re considering how you could put your current training into action in a mission setting, or exploring a completely different kind of full-time ministry work, this course will lay a brilliant foundation. Ministry organisations generally recognise the GradDipDiv as good preparation for mission work, and the practical elements on offer mean that it’s also useful if you simply want to grow your involvement in the local church or be better equipped to serve in ministry alongside your regular job.
To be able to study the Graduate Diploma of Divinity at BST you need an undergraduate degree in a non-theological discipline. (If you already have an undergraduate qualification in Theology then take a look at the Master of Arts in Theology or Master of Theology programs.)
If you’re an international student, and English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test and achieved an average score of 7.0. The restrictions of a student visa also mean that you’ll have to study full-time.
If you study the GradDipDiv full-time it will take two semesters (one year), as you’ll do an average of four units each semester and you need eight units to complete the course. You can study part-time if it suits you better, as long as you finish the course within four years. Of your eight units, two must be from Biblical Introduction and one from Christian Thought. The remaining five are elective units which you can choose from any of the sections below.
N.B. Core units are generally offered every year, while elective units are offered in alternative semesters. Please refer to the college timetable to find out what’s being offered.
College Secretary and PA to the Principal at BST (Australia)
“I hadn’t been a Christian very long when I started at BST, and the GradDip program actually grew my personal relationship with God just as much as my knowledge of the Bible. I never felt that I was just being taught theoretical truths – we were always encouraged to apply everything we learnt in our lives. And now I work for the college I see it from the other side and get to be a part of bringing students on that journey. It’s an awesome privilege.”
Doctor at Prince Charles Hospital (Australia)
“There’s no question that the knowledge I gained through my classes at BST has stayed with me – I still have vivid memories of the lecturer who gave a great explanation of Pentecost in the book of Acts! And hanging out in the student common room, talking about what we were learning and wrestling with different concepts, that really sharpens you. As I do my regular job now, and as I serve in church and lead a Bible study group, all the things I learnt at college are continuing to bear fruit. I’m so glad to have had that experience.”
The GradCertDiv is what you’ll be awarded if you begin the Graduate Diploma program but for some reason can’t, or choose not to, complete it. As long as you’ve gained 16 credit points you can receive the qualification, and if at any point in the following six years you want to continue your studies then you can just pick up where you left off and those credit points will count towards your GradDip (or a Master of Divinity if you continue even further).
This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.