Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

CRICOS 107374C

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GradCertThSt) is an AQF Level 8 award. It is designed for those who hold a three-year undergraduate tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline and who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology. Students will be able to critically engage Christian thought and traditions, enhance their professional work and give expression to insights for Christian living.

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies focuses on introducing students to the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.

Australia Student Visa holders are required to study full-time (at least two-thirds face-to-face).

Course Details

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies requires:

  • 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, 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.

 

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 7.0 in all bands of the test.

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units), which include

  • One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Systematic Theology;
  • One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Biblical Studies; and
  • Two elective units (18 credit points).

 

The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

  • an understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies serving both as an introduction to the study of theology and its related disciplines and as the basis for independent lifelong learning.

 

Skills

Graduates will have cognitive and technical skills specifically in Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

  • review and synthesise theological information and reflect on complex problems,
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas.
  • research, analyse and communicate theologically related ideas.

 

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

  • make high level, independent and theologically informed judgements related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and/or ministry.

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

 

Credit can only be granted for Bible and Theology units at the graduate level, that is from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Sydney College of Divinity award.

 

Articulation into Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (36 cps further), on completion of which students are required to surrender their SCD Graduate Certificate. Students are also eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies program.

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies 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.

 

In 2024 Nazarene Theological College is not currently accepting students into this award at the Queensland campus located at 40 Woodlands Dr, Thornlands QLD, 4164.  Please contact the SCD Academic Registrar for other location options ([email protected]).

 

In 2024 PlanetShakers College is not currently accepting students into this award at the Melbourne campus located at 129 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC, 3006.  Please contact the SCD Academic Registrar for other location options ([email protected]).

 

A student 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.

 

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