If you are a new student or you are looking to begin a new course with the University of Divinity, you will need to apply for admission into the course of study.
Once you’ve decided on a course and a home college you will need to make an appointment to meet with a course advisor at the college and fill out relevant forms. Course advisors are there to help you make your student experience an enjoyable one and make sure that the course you have selected will suit your needs and meet your study goals. They will help you to select appropriate units to commence your course of study.
If you are a new student to the University, read the How to Apply for Admission guide below.
If you are applying for a Higher Degree by Research course, see our application and admission page for future research students.
Admission and enrolment closing dates
Domestic Coursework Students
2021 study application closing dates
- Semester 1 – apply by Friday 12 February 2021
- Semester 2 – apply by Friday 16 July 2021
Overseas Coursework Students
2021 study application closing dates (overseas student visa holders)
- Semester 1 (2021) – apply by 15 November 2020
- Semester 2 (2021) – apply by 15 April 2021
How to apply for admission (coursework)
Step 1: Select a course
The University offers a wide variety of awards, from diplomas to doctorates. Finding the right course of study will depend partly on your prior academic qualifications and partly on your objectives.
Step 2: Check admission criteria
The requirements for admission to each course of study are stated in the Regulation and associated Determination which govern that award. Check the relevant course page to ensure that you meet the requirements for your chosen course.
Applicants with higher education study
Students with a prior Bachelor or Masters degree may opt for study at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Students may be eligible for credit for their prior studies.
Applicants with VET study
Undergraduate applicants are normally required to have the Victorian Certificate of Education, International Baccalaureate or equivalent. Applicants with a prior VET qualification in theology or a related area may be eligible for credit at undergraduate level.
Applicants with recent secondary education
Undergraduate applicants are normally required to have the Victorian Certificate of Education, International Baccalaureate or equivalent. ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) scores are not used in selection of students for admission.
Applicants with work and life experience
Applicants who have the Victorian Certificate of Education, International Baccalaureate or equivalent are eligible to apply for all University of Divinity undergraduate courses.
Applicants who do not have the Victorian Certificate of Education, International Baccalaureate or equivalent may apply to enter the Diploma in Theology, and, on completion, use the Diploma as a pathway into further undergraduate studies.
Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications
Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications are eligible to apply if their prior studies were taken at a Recognised Institution of the University (please see Regulation 2 Determination 12).
English language proficiency requirements
English Language Proficiency Requirements detailed in the Admissions Policy (section 6) apply to all applicants for coursework and higher degree by research awards at the University, and to applicants for single units.
Step 3: Select a College
We are a collegiate University. This means each student studies at the University through one of its Colleges. The College is your primary learning community and will provide you with course advice and support services throughout your studies. Our Colleges cover a wide range of Christian traditions and places. The choice of a College might depend on your own faith tradition, where you live, or which course you want to study; each College offers a different selection of the University’s courses.
Step 4: Attend an interview
It is a requirement that all students attend an admissions interview with an academic advisor at a College. This will be a Course Advisor in the case of coursework applicants, and a Research Coordinator in the case of higher degree by research applicants. The interview may be conducted by telephone or email or similar means.
The purpose of the interview is to help you choose the right course, to ensure you meet the admission requirements, and to plan a program of study appropriate to your course and your needs.
Step 5: Complete and submit form(s)
Download and complete the relevant admission form if you are new to the University or are applying for admission into a new course. Complete the form, following the instructions carefully.
You will need to submit the completed form(s), together with supporting documentation (either originals or certified copies) to your College before the relevant closing date.
Admission Forms (General)
Not sure if you are a domestic or overseas student? Check out our Types of Students guide for definitions.
Specialised course of study admission forms:
- Admission Form for Single Subject and Cross-Institutional Students
- Admission Form for Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education
- Admission Form for Counselling
- Admission Form for Professional Supervision Courses (more info on application process available on Professional Supervision page)
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also need to complete an additional form to accompany your application form admission. Check with your Course Advisor for more information about the forms you need to complete.
- Credit Application Form (for students applying for credit for prior study)
- Minor Thesis Approval Form
- Mixed Payment Form
- Overload Application Form (for students applying to enrol in a greater than full-time load)
- Overseas Student Sponsor Statement
- Supervised Reading Unit (SRU) Approval Template
- Underload Application for Overseas Students Form (for students on an overseas student visa applying to enrol in less than a full-time load)
Step 6: Pay tuition fees
Payment of tuition fees must be provided with the application form. Australian citizens can pay in three ways:
- FEE-HELP: This is a student loan scheme in which the Commonwealth Government pays the student’s tuition fees. Students pay back the fees through taxation if and when the student’s income rises above a minimum repayment threshold.
- Upfront: Students may pay by BPAY, credit card or cheque (payable to University of Divinity)
- Sponsorship: Students whose fees are being met by a third party must provide a letter from the sponsor on letterhead accepting responsibility for the fees.
- Fees for overseas students are the same as those for domestic students. Overseas applicants are charged an application fee of $300AUD.
- Payment of tuition fees must be provided as directed by the application form. Payment from overseas can be made through Western Union Business Solutions.
For full details on fees and how to pay, please see the Fees page.
What happens next?
Acceptance and offer of study
If your application is accepted, you will receive an admission letter from the University and a welcome pack from your home College with the information you need to get started. Your College is now your primary hub for support and guidance throughout your study.
Unit Enrolment for future semester
As part of your application for admission to the course, you will have already selected units for your first year of study. To enrol in units for future years, or to request a change to the units you are already enrolled in, visit the Enrolment and Student Forms page.
Credit for prior study
If you believe you are eligible for credit for prior study, submit a Credit Application Form with your Admission form. Your course advisor will be able to help you complete the form. Your course advisor will notify you of the result of your credit application during your first semester of study.
Accepted students may delay their commencement of study by up to two semesters.