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Graduate Diploma of Theology

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Graduate Diploma of Theology

Graduate Certificate in Theology [exit point only]

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CSU’s Graduate Diploma in Theology offers a graduate pathway into theological study for students with an undergraduate degree. It encourages and fosters the search for meaning and spiritual depth in the context of cultural and religious pluralism in contemporary Australia.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Graduate Diploma of Theology provides an essential component of training for ministry in the church and offers students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Bible. The course consists of eight subjects (64 points) with six core subjects and two electives. Students can choose to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Theology upon completion of four subjects.

    The course offers a foundation in Biblical Studies, Church History and Systematic Theology at a level appropriate to students with a prior undergraduate degree.

  • Career opportunities

    The course can lead to a career in ministry, church leadership, chaplaincy, church run non-government organisations, and many fields of mission. It also builds your general skills in communication, critical thinking and judgement, application and problem solving.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Theology [Exit Point Only]
    The course consists of 32 credit points comprising 4 subjects, (3 core subjects and 1 restricted elective):

    Core subjects (24):
    THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
    THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
    THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies

    Restricted Electives
    and one restricted elective (8) chosen from:
    THL407 Jesus the Christ
    THL410 The Rise of Christianity to 600CE
    THL418 Introduction to Christian Ministry
    THL419 Reformation Church History
    THL426 The Diaconate in History and Contemporary Development
    THL438 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
    THL440 Anglican Foundations
    THL441 Uniting Church Studies
    THL461 Being the Church
    THL486 The Practice of Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
    THL490 Liturgical Theology
    THL491 Practical Theology
     

    Graduate Diploma of Theology
    The course consists of 64 credit points comprising 8 subjects, (6 core subjects and 2 restricted electives):

    Core subjects
    THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
    THL461 Being the Church
    THL407 Jesus the Christ
    THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
    THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies
    THL410 The Rise of Christianity to 600CE

    Upon successful completion of THL460, THL408, THL409 and one restricted elective chosen from THL407, THL410, THL418, THL419, THL426, THL438, THL440, THL441, THL461, THL486, THL490 or THL491 students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Certificate in Theology.

    Restricted electives
    and two restricted electives (16) chosen from:

    THL416 Hebrew 1
    THL417 New Testament Greek 1
    THL418 Introduction to Christian Ministry
    THL419 Reformation Church History
    THL426 The Diaconate in History and Contemporary Development
    THL438 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
    THL440 Anglican Foundations
    THL441 Uniting Church Studies
    THL443 New Testament Greek 2
    THL457 Hebrew 2
    THL486 The Practice of Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
    THL490 Liturgical Theology
    THL491 Practical Theology

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate in Theology [Exit Point Only]

    Part-time
    Session 1

    THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
    THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies

    Session 2
    THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies
    [Restricted Elective]

    Graduate Diploma of Theology

    Full-time
    Session 1

    THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
    THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
    THL410 The Rise of Christianity to 600CE
    [Restricted Elective]

    Session 2
    THL461 Being the Church
    THL407 Jesus the Christ
    THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies
    [Restricted Elective]

    Upon successful completion of THL460, THL408, THL409 and one restricted elective chosen from THL407, THL410, THL418, THL419, THL426, THL438, THL440, THL441, THL461, THL486, THL490 or THL491 students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Certificate in Theology.

    Part-time
    Session 1

    THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
    THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies

    Session 2
    THL461 Being the Church
    THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies

    Upon successful completion of THL460, THL408, THL409 and one restricted elective chosen from THL407, THL410, THL418, THL419, THL426, THL438, THL440, THL441, THL461, THL486, THL490 or THL491 students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Certificate in Theology.

    Session 3
    THL410 The Rise of Christianity to 600CE
    [Restricted Elective]

    Session 4
    THL407 Jesus the Christ
    [Restricted Elective]

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    THL419 The European Reformations, 1400-1700
    THL461 Being The Church
    THL438 Mission, Evangelism And Apologetics
    THL457 Biblical Hebrew 2
    THL417 New Testament Greek 1
    THL426 The Diaconate
    THL460 Introduction To Christian Theology
    THL409 Introduction To New Testament Studies
    THL410 The Rise Of Christianity To 600 C E
    THL490 Liturgical Theology
    THL407 Jesus The Christ
    THL408 Introduction To Old Testament Studies
    THL418 Christian Ministry
    THL491 Practical Theology

  • Admission information

    Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an approved tertiary institution, other than an undergraduate degree in Theology.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session
    1700*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGYYNOAGC
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSYYNJAGT
    DirectOn CampusCanberraFPPGYYNOAGD
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeFPPGYYNOAGN
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYNIAGC
    DirectOn CampusCanberraFPOSYYNIAGD

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 credit points as set out in the degree structure. This is normally equivalent to 8 subjects.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    025511D (United Theological College, Canberra)

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  • About the School
    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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