Admission Information

Admission Criteria – Postgraduate (Coursework) Courses

The normal entry for postgraduate (coursework) courses is determined on the basis of completed accredited undergraduate and/or postgraduate study and Grade Point Average (GPA), depending on the course being considered, as well as an appropriate IELTS score for international students. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

The entry requirements for the Sydney College of Divinity postgraduate (coursework) courses taught in English are set out in the following table. For detailed information look up the postgraduate (coursework) courses.

Bachelor of Ministry (Honours)
AQF level 8 

 

  • Satisfactory completion of a AQF Level 7 award in ministry or equivalent within the previous five years and with a grade point average of at least 2.7 in the coursework and at least 3.0 in the area of specialisation, with English Proficiency; or
  • hold an equivalent qualification from a university or other tertiary institution, with English Proficiency.
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Bachelor of Theology (Honours)
AQF level 8 

 

 

  • Satisfactory completion of a AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology within the previous five years and with a grade point average of at least 2.7 in the coursework and at least 3.0 in the area of specialisation, with English Proficiency; or
  • hold an equivalent qualification from a university or other tertiary institution, with English Proficiency.
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Graduate Certificate in Arts
AQF level 8 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited three-year AQF level 7 award from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent in any discipline, with English Proficiency; or
  • Professional entry admission, with English proficiency.
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
AQF level 8 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited three-year AQF level 7 award from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent in any discipline, with English Proficiency or
  • Professional entry admission, with English proficiency.
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Graduate Certificate in Leadership
AQF level 8 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited three-year AQF level 7 award from an Australian tertiary institution in the field of philosophy and religious study (ASCED 0917) or equivalent,  with English Proficiency
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Graduate Certificate in Theological Education
AQF level 8 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited three-year AQF level 7 award from an Australian tertiary institution in the field of philosophy and religious study (ASCED 0917) or equivalent, with English Proficiency AND
  • Have current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Graduate Diploma of Arts
AQF level 8 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited three-year AQF level 7  award from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent in any discipline, with English Proficiency
  • In addition, Overseas students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies
AQF level 8 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited three-year AQF level 7  award from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent in any discipline, with English Proficiency
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Graduate Diploma of Leadership
AQF level 8 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited three-year AQF level 7 award from an Australian tertiary institution in the field of philosophy and religious study (ASCED 0917) or equivalent, with English Proficiency
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Master of Arts
AQF level 9 
  • Category 1 – 1 year MA : Satisfactory completion of an accredited AQF level 8 award in the discipline of theology /ministry from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent, with English Proficiency or
  • Category 2 – 1.5 years MA : Satisfactory completion of an accredited 3 year AQF level 7 award in the discipline of theology / ministry from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent, with English Proficiency
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Master of Theological Studies
AQF level 9 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited AQF level 8 award (Graduate Certificate) from an Australian tertiary institution in the discipline of Theology or Ministry or equivalent, with English Proficiency
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Master of Leadership
AQF level 9 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited AQF level 8 award (Graduate Certificate) from an Australian tertiary institution in the field of philosophy and religious study (ASCED 0917) or equivalent, with English Proficiency
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Master of Divinity
AQF level 9 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited three-year AQF level 7 award from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent in any discipline, with English Proficiency, and if
    • Hold an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts: to receive the award the student is required to complete a further 180 credit points (20 units), and hand back the GradCertArts upon graduation;  or
    • Hold an SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts: to receive the award the student is required to complete a further 144 credit points (16 units), and hand back the GradDipArts upon graduation;  or
    • Hold an SCD Master of Arts (72 /108 credit points): to receive the award the student is required to complete a further 144/108 credit points, and hand back the MA upon graduation
    • Hold an SCD BTh and receive a credit of 54 credit points allocated to level 8500 units with a maximum of 18 credit points in any discipline.
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
Master of Theology
AQF level 9 
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited 3 year AQF level 7 award in the discipline of theology from an Australian tertiary institution or equivalent, with English Proficiency or
  • Satisfactory completion of an SCD Master of Arts and take up the same specialisation in the MTh which was undertaken in the MA program and meet the pre-requisites for any coursework units in the MTh.
  • In addition, international students must be at least 18 years of age, must have an IELTS (or equivalent) of 7.0 or greater in all bands of the test and may only enrol in full time courses and cannot complete such courses by more than 33.3% distance or online learning.
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