Graduate Diploma in Divinity

Summary information

Course title

Graduate Diploma in Divinity





Colleges where it can be studied

  • Australian Lutheran College
  • Catholic Theological College
  • Eva Burrows College
  • Pilgrim Theological College
  • St Athanasius College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Trinity College Theological School
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union

Overseas students


AQF level

Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


One year full-time or up to three years part-time.

Cost of study

The GDDiv requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2018 are $2,400 per unit or $14,400 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.

Detailed information

What this course is about

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 learning 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.

Follow on study

Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Masters award. Graduates who have included a Research Essay (12000 words) in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.


Admission dates

Admissions for first semester 2018 close on Friday 16 February 2018.

Admissions for second semester 2018 close on Friday 20 July 2018.

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 45 points of theological study at the University of Divinity or another higher education provider; or

b)    completed 90 points of study towards a Master’s award at the University of Divinity.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Divinity consists of 90 points of Postgraduate Foundational or Postgraduate Elective units.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown


Black trencher



Where to get further information

Enquiry information

  • If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field, 'Overseas students', in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for your course.