Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program provides pathways for graduates in other disciplines to gain a foundation in the study of Christian Theology. They also provide graduates in Theology with a means of extending their skills and knowledge in specific areas. Graduates will be able, in differing degrees, to demonstrate a critical awareness of sources for and methodological approaches to a range of theological studies; interpret biblical texts using insights drawn from historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and theological analyses; use a variety of biblical and theological resources to articulate and explain the historical origins, development and interconnections of central Christian doctrines; articulate the implications of Christian belief for Christian practice.

Course Fee:


Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree in any discipline


80 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

Theological studies

Study Pathways:

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies provides entry into the Master of Theological Studies.


Professional recognition may differ between dioceses. Teacher applicants are advised to contact the Catholic or State Education Office in the area in which they teach to ascertain the status of the course. Students who wish to proceed to further study upon completion of the graduate certificate/diploma are eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies course. Teacher graduates of these two awards may be able to seek four-year trained teacher status with an employer. Applicants are advised to discuss these possibilities with their local Catholic or State Education Office.

Accepts International Students:


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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Ballarat (Aquinas) No info No
Canberra (Signadou) No info No Online 1 year
Canberra (Signadou) No info No Full time 1 year
Canberra (Signadou) No info No Part time 2 years
Adelaide (St Francis) No info No Online 1 year
Adelaide (St Francis) No info No Full time 1 year
Adelaide (St Francis) No info No Part time 2 years
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Online 1 year
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Full time 1 year
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info No Part time 2 years

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ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

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*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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