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Graduate Certificate of Divinity

  • 4 Units
  • 1 Semester FT | 2 years PT
  • 48 Credit Points

Course Description

If you already have an undergraduate qualification, but this is your first experience of studying theology, then the Graduate Certificate of Divinity will give you a great taste of what’s on offer.

A short course of only four units, the GradCert will give you either a better understanding of some core doctrines of your faith like grace or the person of Christ (the theology focus), or help you grasp the big-picture story of the Bible through an overview of both the Old and New Testaments (the Bible focus). You’ve also got different practical ministry options available to you, so you can get to grips with what’s involved in pastoral care, preaching, or church leadership. You’ll also be able to choose one book or key area of the Bible to explore more deeply, uncover a bit of church history, finally discover what ‘eschatology’ is all about, or even learn some Hebrew or Greek.

Perhaps you’re going to continue in the career you originally trained for, but just want to be better equipped to share your faith; maybe you’re thinking of getting more involved at church; or perhaps you’re exploring the idea of full-time ministry work. However you want to live out your faith, this course will give you a well-rounded biblical base from which you can start testing out where God might be wanting to put your interests and skills to work.

To be able to study the Graduate Certificate of Divinity at BST you need to have an undergraduate degree in a non-theological discipline. (If you already have an undergraduate qualification in theology then take a look at our Master of Theological Studies program.)

Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening 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.

4 units | 48 credit points | 0.5 yrs FT, up to 2 yrs PT | On-campus

Graduate Certificate of Divinity Course Structure:

4 elective units* 

* At least 2 units have to be at Level 8 or above.

Units codes ending in 712 = Level 7, 812 = Level 8

Biblical Introduction

Old Testament introduction
Old Testament Foundations – OT001-712
Old Testament Prophets and Writings – OT002-712

New Testament introduction
Jesus and the Gospels – NT001-712
Early New Testament Church – NT002-712

Christian Thought

Christianity in History to 1550 – CH001-712
Christianity in History from 1550 to Modern Times – CH002-712

The Knowledge of God – TH001-812
The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ – TH002-812
The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology – TH003-812
Church, Sacraments and Ministry – TH004-812


Old Testament exegesis (in English or Hebrew)
Pentateuch –  OT008-812/OT009-812
Former Prophets: 1 & 2 Samuel – OT010-812/OT011-812
Exilic Prophecy (Isaiah 40-55) OT014-812
The Psalms OT020-812

New Testament exegesis (in English or Greek)
The Synoptic Gospels: Luke – NT008-812/NT009-812
John’s Gospel – NT016-812/NT017-812
The Pastoral Epistles – NT014-812/NT015-812
Pauline Theology and Romans – NT018-812/NT019-812
Paul and Corinthian Christianity – NT010-812/NT011-812

    Ministry & Practice

    Evangelism and mission
    Mission Perspectives – EM001-712
    Principles of Evangelism –  EM024-712
    Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context –  EM018-812
    Contextual Asian Ministry – EM031-812
    Cross-Cultural Field Education –  EM040-812

    Pastoral and church-focused ministry

    Pastoral Care – PC002-812
    Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministry – PC008-812
    Preaching I – PC047-812
    Congregational Field Education – PC092-812
    Practical Ministry Field Education – PC094-812


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

    Study Tour

    Israel Study Tour 2020 – BB202-712/812

    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:

    When you have completed the Graduate Certificate of Divinity you can continue your theological studies with either:

    Graduate Diploma of Divinity

    Master of Divinity

    Hannah Mbitu
    Church Worker, Kenya

    “When I came to college I had a passion to serve children and young people, and this greatly increased during my time there. I developed confidence as my understanding of Scripture was growing every day, and I was helped to write good sermons and teaching lessons for my Sunday school work.  Above all I learned the importance of humility in the Christian life, and it made all the difference to me that I could see the lecturers and staff demonstrating this in their own lives – they interacted so freely and kindly with students and served them during community lunch and were the first to be cleaning up afterwards. I was so greatly blessed by my time at BST.”

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