Associate Degree of Theology and Ministry

CRICOS 112541F

About this course

The Associate Degree of Theology and Ministry (AssocDegThMin) is an AQF Level 7 award. The course is an undergraduate award that provides an opportunity to undertake some theological study with special focus on Theology or Christian Ministry. All course units are undertaken at AQF Level 7. 

Course Details

Admission to the Associate Degree of Theology and Ministry requires:

  • An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent (eg. OP ≤ 16); or
  • Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; OR
  • Articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.
  • Adequate grounds for special entry


English Proficiency

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.  A student can be admitted provisionally into the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.

The Associate Degree of Theology and Ministry requires the completion of 144 credit points.


  • at least 18 credit points within the discipline of Biblical Studies;
  • at least 18 credit points within the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology;
  • at least one major (54 credit points) in theological studies (the disciplines of  Biblical Studies, Theology, and Humanities in the Christian Tradition) or the discipline of Christian Life and Ministry (or one of its sub-disciplines).


A major is made up of 54 credit points from 6100–6299 or 7100–7299 series units, with not more than 18 credit points from 6100 or 7100 series units. With the approval of the Academic Board, units may be chosen from the 8100 series of units.


All course units shall be taken from SCD units coded within the 6100–6299 series, or the 7100–7299 series, apart from Academic Board approvals.


Graduates will have a broad theoretical and technical knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in Theology and Christian Ministry, with basic knowledge in Theology and Biblical Studies forming the basis for further learning.



Graduates will have cognitive, thinking, and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • identify, analyse, and evaluate theological information and concepts from a range of sources;
  • identify and provide solutions to reasonably complex problems in Christian ministry;
  • interpret and transmit responses to reasonably complex problems in theological studies (Bible and Theology);
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas, with some depth in theological studies (Bible and Theology);
  • communicate clearly and coherently theologically-related knowledge and ideas in a range of ministry settings.


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

  • use intuition and judgment to make plans, solve problems, and make decisions in para-professional ministry, demonstrating a broad understanding of theological knowledge by applying it creatively in ministry;
  • adapt knowledge and skills in a range of ministry settings and/or for further studies in one or more (sub)disciplines;
  • work in collaboration with others within broad parameters while exercising responsibility and accountability for their own learning through theologically reflective ministry practice.

A candidate may seek credit for up to a maximum of 72 credit points in the Associate Degree of Theology and Ministry.

Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Associate Degree of Theology and Ministry.


Articulation to other awards

Students who complete the AssocDegThMin and desire to undertake the Bachelor of Ministry, or Bachelor of Theology will receive direct credit for successfully completed AQF 7 units to equivalent Bachelor units, and for units at AQF 6 completed with a grade of Credit or higher; or subject to additional assessment requirements set by the SCD Student Support and Administration Committee.


Exit Points

Students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Theology and Ministry may exit with a Diploma of Theology, a Diploma of Leadership, or a Diploma of Ministry provided they have met the requirements of the Diploma award.

The Associate Degree of Theology and Ministry is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The Registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery, and timetable.

A student at Sydney College of Divinity is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or the equivalent in a trimester. Sydney College of Divinity offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering Sydney College of Divinity awards, whilst enrolled with one college.


International students

International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of four units (36 credit points) per semester, including a minimum of one unit per semester in face-to-face mode, and at least two-thirds of the total units in face-to-face mode. If you are planning to enrol as an international student, you have the responsibility to ensure that you comply with your visa conditions at all times. Learn more about your responsibilities, rights, and what studying in Australia can offer you. Not all our teaching institutions offer study programs for international students. Check out the locations and courses offered to international students, and for more information email us at [email protected]