Graduate Diploma in Divinity

Overseas student type

You are an overseas student if you are:

  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
  • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
  • a resident or citizen of any other country.

Conditions of study

  • If residing in Australia the student will be classified as ‘On-Shore’. The student will require a visa to study.
  • If residing overseas the student will be classified as ‘Off-Shore’. The student does not require a visa to study.

Student Visa 500

  • A visa granted to non-Australian/New Zealand citizens residing and studying in Australia full-time.
  • Course of study must be CRICOS registered.
  • Cannot study more than 1/3 of course online.

Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Divinity allows students to explore multiple areas of interest in divinity and its associated disciplines or to engage with one or two areas in depth. It serves as a foundation for study of theology or philosophy and disciplines which are associated with them.

Note: This award may be used as an exit point from eligible students enrolled in a Masters degree who meet the admission requirements.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Divinity

  1. have advanced knowledge in one or more areas of divinity and associated disciplines
  2. have research, analysis and communication skills applicable to postgraduate study
  3. apply skills of interpretation to texts or concepts
  4. apply judgement based on theory, practice and tradition to contemporary issues.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Divinity consists of 144 points of Postgraduate Foundational or Postgraduate Elective units.

Colleges where this course is available

  • Australian Lutheran College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    North Adelaide SA
  • Catholic Theological College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Eva Burrows College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Ringwood VIC and Bexley North NSW
  • Pilgrim Theological College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • St Athanasius College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Donvale VIC and Melbourne VIC
  • Stirling Theological College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Mulgrave VIC
  • Trinity College Theological School
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • Whitley College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Box Hill VIC
  • Australian Lutheran College
    Online mode
    North Adelaide SA
  • Catholic Theological College
    Online mode
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Eva Burrows College
    Online mode
    Ringwood VIC and Bexley North NSW
  • Pilgrim Theological College
    Online mode
    Parkville VIC
  • St Athanasius College
    Online mode
    Donvale VIC and Melbourne VIC
  • Stirling Theological College
    Online mode
    Mulgrave VIC
  • Trinity College Theological School
    Online mode
    Parkville VIC
  • Whitley College
    Online mode
    Parkville VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union
    Online mode
    Box Hill VIC

    Duration

    The standard full-time duration of the Graduate Diploma in Divinity is one year. The Graduate Diploma in Divinity must be completed in not less than one year and not more than three years from the date on which the course is commenced.

    Standard full-time 1 year
    Maximum part-time 3 years

    Pathways to future study

    Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Masters award. Graduates who have included a Minor Thesis (16000 words) in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.

    Admission criteria

    To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Divinity, a candidate must have completed an undergraduate degree or a graduate certificate and either:

    a)    completed the equivalent of 72 points of theological study at the University of Divinity or another higher education provider; or

    b)    completed 144 points of study towards a Master’s award at the University of Divinity.Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Masters award. Graduates who have included a Minor Thesis (16000 words) in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.

    Fee summary

    The Graduate Diploma in Divinity requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2021 are $2,640 per standard unit or $15,840 for a full-time year (6 units).

    Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

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