GradDipThSt Award Summary
Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt)
AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma
Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline. Students with an SCD Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies may enter the program. To receive the award students are required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and surrrender the SCD GradCertThSt upon graduation.
Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part time.
Mode : Full-time, part-time
Structure : 72 credit points (8 units).
The course may be taken with at least one specialisation from the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.
A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises of 36 credit points in one of the two aforementioned disciplines with at least one 9600-series unit.
Exit Point : Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (36 credit points)
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 GradDipThSt is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.
Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:
- Australian College of Christian Studies
- Australian College of Ministries
- Catholic Institute of Sydney
- Nazarene Theological College
- NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education
- St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
- St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale
The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies 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 and its associated disciplines, specifically those of Theology and Biblical Studies. Students will be able to critically engage Christian thought and traditions, enhance their professional works and give expression to insights for Christian living.
The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies focuses on introducing students to two core theological disciplines (Theology and Biblical Studies) equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.
Graduates will have:
an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, specifically in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies; 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 the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:
- review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide resources towards complex problems
- think critically and evaluate complex ideas
- apply specialised and creative skills for Christian living and ministry
- research, analyse and communicate theologically related ideas to a variety of audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
the ability to:
- make high level, independent and theologically informed judgements
- plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting
- identify ways that this body of knowledge relates to Christian living and / or ministry.
Articulation into Other Awards
Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Theological Studies offered by the Sydney College of Divinity, on completion of which students are required to surrender their SCD GradDipThSt.
Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies
- Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for a Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies shall:
1.1.1 Have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
1.1.2 hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; OR
1.1.3 hold an SCD Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies: to receive the award a student is required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and surrender the SCD GradCertThSt upon graduation.
1.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this diploma by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine
1.3 In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.
1.4 A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.
1.5 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.
1.6 Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.
- Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies requires the completion of 8 units.
2.2 Four core units will be taken from the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
2.3 All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8500 and 9600 series.
2.4 The course may be taken with a specialisation in Theology or Biblical Studies. A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises 36 credit points in the respective disciplines with at least one 9600-series unit.
2.5 Students who enter the program from a BTh, BMin, MDiv equivalent course cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their earlier studies.
- Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the diploma shall normally be 1 year full time (2 semesters) and up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.
- Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.
5.1 The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines
5.2 Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.
5.3 Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies. Credit can be granted only from Bible and Theology units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
- Saving Clause
7.1 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.