Bachelor of Ministry


On 10 April, the Federal Government announced that undergraduate students will not be charged the 25% loan fee for Fee-help funded units in semester 2, 2020.

Course Description

If you have a heart for the church, and want to be involved in guiding, encouraging and growing God’s people, then the Bachelor of Ministry is the course for you.

It begins with an overview of the entire biblical text, giving you a great framework as you move into more detailed analysis of key sections. You can get a better understanding of the history and purpose of the church; and you’ll be grappling with how key theological doctrines, like grace or eschatology, actually relate to the Christian life. You can then choose the areas in which you want to dig deeper, focusing on pastoral ministry and preaching, cross-cultural mission, leadership development, or more comprehensive biblical study.

Where can this course take you?

  • Church pastoral roles
  • Local and international mission work
  • Church planting
  • Chaplaincy/pastoral care roles

Most churches recognise that the Bachelor of Ministry fulfils all the academic requirements for ordination, although a small amount of denomination-specific training might still be expected.  Chaplaincy organisations also recognise this degree program as excellent preparation for chaplaincy, although there may be specific training still expected from particular organisations.

To study the Bachelor of Ministry at BST you will need to have:

  • Completed Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above or a minimum OP of 16; or
  • Successful Diploma qualification or above; or
  • Demonstrate academic suitability through an interview and if required, an entrance test

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test and achieved a 6.5 overall with minimum of 6 in each subtest or have 10 years English in-country experience. 

Overseas Students

This course is registered on CRICOS and is available to overseas students. For additional information for overseas students go to Overseas Students page.

24 units | 288 credit points | 3 yrs FT, up to 9 yrs PT | On-campus

Bachelor of Ministry Course Structure

2 units from Old Testament Introduction

2 units from New Testament Introduction

2 units from History

3 units from Theology 

3 units from Exegesis

6 units from Ministry and Practice (must include Field Education and Spiritual Formation units)

6 elective units

Units in this course are completed at Level 5 and above, course must include no more than 12 units at Level 5, and including at least 6 units at Level 7 or above. Units codes ending in 512 = Level 5, 612 = Level 6, 712 = Level 7.

Biblical Introduction

Old Testament introduction
Old Testament Foundations – OT001-512
Old Testament Prophets and Writings – OT002-512

New Testament introduction
Jesus and the Gospels – NT001-512
Early New Testament Church – NT002-512

Christian Thought

Christianity in History to 1550 – CH001-512
Christianity in History from 1550 to Modern Times – CH002-512

The Knowledge of God – TH001-712
Creation and the Fall, the Person and Work of Christ– TH102-712
The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology – TH003-712
The Church and its Ministry– TH104-712


Old Testament exegesis 
Pentateuch –  OT008-712/OT009-712 (Hebrew exegesis available) 
Former Prophets: 1 & 2 Samuel – OT010-712/OT011-712 (Hebrew exegesis available) 
Exilic Prophecy (Isaiah 40-55) OT014-712
The Psalms OT020-712

New Testament exegesis (in English or Greek)
The Synoptic Gospels: Luke – NT008-712/NT009-712
John’s Gospel – NT016-712/NT017-712
The Pastoral Epistles – NT014-712/NT015-712
Pauline Theology and Romans – NT018-712/NT019-712
Paul and Corinthian Christianity – NT010-712/NT011-712

    Ministry & Practice

    Evangelism and mission
    Mission Perspectives – EM001-512
    Principles of Evangelism –  EM024-512
    Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context –  EM018-712
    Contextual Asian Ministry – EM031-712
    Cross-Cultural Field Education –  EM040-712

    Pastoral and church-focused ministry

    Pastoral Care – PC002-712
    Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministry – PC008-712
    Preaching I – PC047-712
    Congregational Field Education – PC092-712
    Practical Ministry Field Education – PC094-712


    Biblical Hebrew (A) – LA003-612
    Biblical Hebrew (B) – LA004-612
    New Testament Greek (A) –  LA005-612
    New Testament Greek (B) –  LA006-612

    Note: Biblical Introduction, Church History and Greek A & B are offered every year, while the other units run on a two-year cycle. Please refer to the college timetable to find out what is being offered each year.

    A full-time study load is 4 units per semester. You can be full-time and study 3 units per semester; it will just take you longer to finish the course. A part-time study load is 1 or 2 units per semester.

    BST Timetable, Calendar and Fees

    This course is FEE-HELP and Centrelink approved.

    What is FEE-HELP?
    FEE-HELP is a loan that helps eligible fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

    For eligibility and more information on FEE-HELP go to:

    If you get part way through the Bachelor of Ministry and are unable to complete the full course, there are options for receiving an award with the units you have completed. You could look at graduating with one of the courses below, providing you meet the required units.

    Associate Degree of Ministry 

    Advanced Diploma of Ministry 

    Diploma of Ministry

    When you have completed the Bachelor of Ministry you can continue your theological studies with either:

    Honours Program

    The Bachelor of Ministry (Honours) program is designed for students who have graduated with a three-year undergraduate degree in Ministry from the ACT and who have demonstrated high academic potential. It will require a minimum 2.0 overall Grade Point Average. It is a means of preparing for advanced research in Ministry. It is an extra 96 credit points which you can complete over one year full-time or three years part-time. 

     Master of Theological Studies 

    Adam and Hester Pike
    Bible translators with Wycliffe (Vanuatu)

    Hester: “When we arrived at college we were sure God wanted us to work in cross-cultural mission, but had no idea what that would look like for us. But after three years at BST we had a much clearer picture of the road ahead. From a spiritual perspective, our knowledge of and love for the Bible was greatly increased and our relationships with God and his people were strengthened. And from a practical perspective – well, it was through BST that we came into contact with Wycliffe, and the rest, as they say, is history…”

    Adam: “Somewhat unusually, it’s the Greek lessons that were my favourite at college! People can sometimes think ‘What’s the point? It’s a dead language’, but the lecturers are so passionate about it and the things I learnt are invaluable to me in my day-to-day work now. As I translate the Bible into Merei I’m served so well by my knowledge of Greek vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure – it’s helping me to make sure I’m giving the best, most accurate representation of the gospel to the people of Vanuatu.”

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