Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean)

CRICOS 082725F

About this course

The Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts) (Korean) is an AQF Level 8 award delivered in Korean. It is designed primarily for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in theological studies to enhance their professional work.

Graduates will be able to apply a body of theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.

Course Details

Admission to the Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean) requires:

  • Satisfactory completion of a three-year degree from an accredited university in Korea. This graduation is considered evidence of Korean language literacy sufficient to undertake the course; OR
  • Hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Administration Committee as equivalent to the requirements set out in the paragraph above; OR
  • Satisfactory completion of a three-year degree from an accredited Australian tertiary institution and proven fluency in the Korean language: Korean as first language or, for non-native-Korean speakers, Korean proficiency equivalent to level 6 on the 6 level Yonsei University Korean Language Test.
  • Have some proficiency in the English language


Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Administration Committee may determine.


In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma in Arts (Korean) if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Administration Committee.


No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.


Korean Proficiency

In this course all teaching is conducted in the Korean language. All teaching and support staff are native Korean-language speakers. The course materials are in the Korean language. Graduates are expected to work in a Korean language context.


Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where Korean is not the language of instruction must be fluent in the Korean language and have achieved Korean proficiency equivalent to level of 6 on the 6 level Yonsei University Korean Language Test.


English Proficiency
  • Satisfactory completion of at least one year study of English as a subject in high school or in an English-only language school or other training centre; OR
  • Satisfactory completion of a post-school award of at least 6 months duration where teaching was in English; OR
  • Satisfactory completion of a test approved by the Sydney College of Divinity that demonstrates that the candidate can speak, write and read English.

The Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean) requires the completion of 8 units.


All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study from 8500 and 9600 series.


The course may be taken with or without a specialisation. A specialisation in the GradDipArts (Korean) comprises 36 credit points in a sub-discipline with at least one 9600-series unit.


Students who enter the program from a BTh (Korean) or equivalent cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their undergraduate studies.


Every course unit requires students to demonstrate mastery of basic English-language vocabulary and comprehension of English-language passages related to that unit before enrolling in further units.


All course units shall be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.


An advanced understanding within a coherent body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice; this may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.



Cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • review, reflect on, and synthesise theological information and identify and provide resources towards resolving complex problems
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas
  • apply specialised and creative skills in Christian living and ministry
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of theoretical concepts in theology
  • transmit theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to a variety of audiences


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

The ability to

  • make high level, independent judgments
  • where the course is taken with specialisation, plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting.

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean). Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the Sydney College of Divinity award.


Exit points

Students enrolled in the GradDipArts (Korean) may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts (Korean) provided they have met the requirements of the award.


Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Arts offered by the Sydney College of Divinity, on completion of which students are required to surrender their GradDipArts.

Enrolment for the Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean) must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The Registrar will be able to help you with all information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.


A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester, or the equivalent in a trimester. To complete a unit, a student must have been present for at least 80% of all prescribed activities, regardless of the mode of delivery.


International students

International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of 4 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. Sydney College of Divinity English awards are offered to international students at some colleges.


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