About the University of Divinity
All students and staff join the University through one of its Colleges. Based in the Australian cities of Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney, each College is a unique learning community. The Colleges are supported by a wide range of churches and religious orders that together resource the University as a whole.
Each College runs an open day each semester. Check with the Colleges for details.
a. 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.
b. 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.
c. 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.
d. 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.
a. 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).
b. 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.
How to Apply
Step 1: Select a course
Step 2: 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 3: 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 4: Complete a form
Download the Application for Admission if you are new to the University or are enrolling in a new course. If you are a re-enrolling student, download the Re-enrolment form. Complete the form, following the instructions carefully. You will need to submit the completed form, together with supporting documentation (either originals or certified copies) to your College.
Step 5: Pay tuition fees
Domestic students: 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.
International students: 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 how to pay fees, please see the Fees page.
Acceptance of offer
If your application is accepted, you will receive an admission letter from the University and a welcome pack from your College with the information you need to get started.
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 years.
Fees and charges
Tuition fees are available on the Fees page.
Fees for overseas students are the same as those for domestic students. Overseas applicants are charged an application fee of $300.