Graduate Certificate of Divinity
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.)
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.
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
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
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
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.
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:
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.”