Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry
If you’re new to theological education, and particularly if you don’t have an undergraduate qualification, then the Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry is a great way to dip your toe in the water. If you’re already involved in the life of your church, and feel that a qualification of some kind would help you to engage at a deeper level, the Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry may be a right fit for you.
The program offers a great starting point to grow your knowledge and skills in ministry, evangelism or missions. You will do a Biblical Introduction unit and delve into either the Old or New Testament. With ministry and practice units, you to take a closer look at what’s involved in either pastoral care, the discipleship of others or learn new ways to share the gospel cross-culturally.
The Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry offers a good mix of classroom-based teaching, group discussions with your peers and hands-on ministry experience, so you’re not just gaining theoretical knowledge but putting what you learn into action.
To study the Undergraduate Certificate 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
If English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test and achieved a 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest or have 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
4 units | 48 credit points | 1 sem FT, up to 2yrs PT | On-campus
Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry Course Structure:
1 unit from Biblical Introduction
2 units from Ministry & Practice
1 elective unit (Choose from any of the below)
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
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
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
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.
This course is FEE-HELP 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 Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry you can continue your studies with the Diploma of Ministry. To complete the Diploma of Ministry you will need an extra 48 credit points (4 units).
Church Relationship Coordinator at Baptist World Aid (Australia)
“I came to BST not knowing what God had in store for the future, but I was able to meet with so many people from different ministry settings that it really opened my eyes to the possibilities. In fact college opened my eyes in a lot of ways – we were never spoon fed a party line, but shown different theological perspectives and encouraged to work out what we believed and why. That’s been a great foundation for my work, and really all of my life, over the years.”
Former missionary (various countries in Africa)
“At BST I was formed by the people of God and the word of God. What a privilege it was to get to know the people – staff and students, each with their unique gifts, abilities and idiosyncrasies, but each one a part of my life through the input they had into it. And what a privilege to study and be changed by the word – the strong emphasis on the authority of the Bible helped prepare me to preach it with conviction, affection and dedication; to apply it in defense of my faith when in confrontation; and to stand upon its unfailing promises in times of doubt and difficulty.”