Australian College of Ministries


About this college

The Australian College of Ministries (ACOM) is a Member Institution of the Sydney College of Divinity. It delivers the listed Sydney College of Divinity undergraduate and postgraduate coursework awards.

ACOM is an international provider of life-changing, ministry training experiences. ACOM specialises in flexible delivery, with its hybrid of distance learning experience mixed with targeted face-to-face student support through Formation Groups and Subject Facilitations.

For over 20 years ACOM has been a leader in innovative and flexible online learning. Their approach is holistic: developing head, heart and hands to engage students in a truly life-changing experience. The college strives to produce graduates who are well prepared- not only smart enough to understand their world, but also skilled enough to shape their world. ACOM combines theory and practice in a learning adventure tailored to develop students’ intellectual knowledge, practical skills, and spiritual awareness. The College has developed a national and international reputation for excellence and innovation. ACOM has produced thousands of graduates serving as ministers, evangelists, lay leaders, welfare workers, teachers, missionaries, and church planters.

ACOM was originally birthed as a campus-­based residential college over seventy-five years ago (1942) as the Churches of Christ in NSW Theological College (NSW). The college merged with Kenmore Christian College (Queensland) in 1999 to form The Australian College of Ministries.

ACOM is currently Sponsored by Churches of Christ in NSW (CofCNSW) and the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia (C&MA). The sponsorship enables ACOM to pursue its mission and partner with initiatives such as: The Tops Conference Centre, Navigate Programs, Fresh Hope Care and the Alliance Institute for Mission who offer specific mission training courses; supporting the development and training for cross-cultural ministry.

ACOM offers the following distinctive strengths:

  • Spiritual Formation
  • Tailored Learning Experience
  • Mission Focused
  • Digital Technology
  • In-Action Learning
  • Empowered Learning Methods
  • Personalised Support
  • Excellence
  • Community
  • Job Ready

Choosing Australian College of Ministries

Whether you are just starting out or have been involved in ministry and leadership for some time, studying with ACOM offers a flexible and accessible way to take the next step in ministry development. With 20 years of experience in distance learning, ACOM is an industry leader in engaging digital technologies to deliver highly engaging, personalised, and powerful learning experiences for students through digital technology, while still ensuring that they foster the human experience of learning.

Please note that some courses may not be available for enrolment every year, please refer to the college’s website to see their offering for the current year.

More Information

Study Period Start, End and Census Dates:

Trimester 1

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024

Census Date: Monday, 11 March 2024

Academic Penalty Date: Sunday, 31 March 2024

End Date: Sunday, 12 May 2024


Trimester 2

Start Date: Monday, 27 May 2024

Census Date: Monday, 17 June 2024

Academic Penalty Date: Sunday, 7 July 2024

End Date: Sunday, 18 August 2024


Trimester 3

Start Date: Monday, 2 September 2024

Census Date: Monday, 23 September 2024

Academic Penalty Date: Sunday, 13 October 2024

End Date: Sunday, 24 November 2024


Year Long

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024

Census Date: Monday, 15 April 2024

Academic Penalty Date: Sunday, 7 July 2024

End Date: Sunday, 24 November 2024


Year Long (US)

Start Date: Monday, 2 September 2024

Census Date: Monday, 28 October 2024

Academic Penalty Date: Sunday, 5 January 2024

End Date: Sunday, 11 May 2025



Start Date: Monday, 25 November 2024

Census Date: Monday, 16 December 2024

Academic Penalty Date: Sunday, 5 January 2025

End Date: Sunday, 16 February 2025


Orientation Dates, Times and Locations:

Trimester 1

Session 1, Monday, 19 February 2024, 7:30pm (AEST) – Online
Session 2, Tuesday, 20 February 2024, 12:30pm (AEST) – Online
Session 3, Wednesday, 21 February 2024, 11:00am (AEST) – Springwood Church of Christ QLD
Session 4, Monday, 26 February 2024, 11:30am (AEST) – The Tops Conference Centre NSW
Session 5, Wednesday 6 March 2024, 1:30pm (AEST) – Eva Burrows College VIC
Session 6, TBC


Trimester 2

Session 1, Monday, 27 May 2024, 7:30pm (AEST) – Online
Session 2, Tuesday, 28 May 2024, 12:30pm (AEST) – Online


Trimester 3

Session 1, Monday, 2 September 2024, 7:30pm (AEST) – Online
Session 2, Tuesday, 3 September 2024, 12:30pm (AEST) – Online


Sydney Office – Suite 3.01, Building B Rhodes Corporate Park 1 Homebush Bay Drive Rhodes NSW 2138


Additional information on study terms, census, and orientation dates can be found here.

Fees are for 2024 and are in AUD.
  • Diploma level awards (AQF 5) | AUD$1,850 per unit
  • Bachelor level awards (AQF 7) | AUD$2,400 per unit
  • Postgraduate coursework awards (Bible/Ministry/Theology) | AUD$2,950 per unit
  • Postgraduate coursework awards (Counselling)  | AUD$3,200 per unit


Fees are listed for one standard 9 credit point unit.


Fees vary for spiritual formation, research and other non standard units.


FEE-HELP may be available for eligible students


Further information on fees for each course can be found on the course pages on ACOM’s website.

ACOM Library
Contact Mrs Edwina Blair
Email [email protected]
Phone +61 (02) 8573 6006



As a leader in flexible online learning Australian College of Ministries (ACOM) has a digital library with thousands of specialist books, articles and journals available to students through their copyright licensing arrangements. Useful for both research and personal study, students have access to over 20,000 e-books and more than 800 journals in Bible, leadership, pastoral care and theology.


Materials can be accessed on any device, at any time through a comprehensive search engine. The resources include the Digital Theological Library 2 (DTL2), Proquest Religion Database and eBook Collection, and Religion and Philosophy Collection, Perlego, and Alexander Street Counselling and Therapy Video Collection.

Courses available at this college