Graduate Diploma in Ministry Studies

Summary information

Course title

Graduate Diploma in Ministry Studies





Colleges where it can be studied

  • Eva Burrows College
  • Whitley College

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 GDMS 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 Ministry Studies allows students to develop a personal understanding of vocation, role and identity in ministry through theological reflection on their studies and practice.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Ministry Studies:

  1. have an understanding of ministry in one or more communities of faith;
  2. have research, analysis and communication skills applicable to ministry studies;
  3. apply the skills of theological reflection on ministry, drawing on insights from Biblical texts
  4. apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills in clearly articulating insights into life, work and community
  5. apply principles of self-care, safe and ethical practice in ministry.

Follow on study


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

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent. A person who applies for admission in the Graduate Diploma in Ministry Studies must have been involved in the practice of ministry for at least two years, to the satisfaction of the Academic Board.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Ministry Studies consists of 90 points comprised of 60 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies and a further 30 points.

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.