Diploma of Ministry

The Christian ministry landscape and context is radically evolving. AC’s Diploma of Ministry (DipMin) addresses these changes and equips the next generation of Christian leaders for your unique calling in ministry. This course is overseen by Program Director Dr Dean O'Keefe.

Course Description

Preparing you for ministry in today's world, this course provides you with a thorough foundation in theology and biblical studies, shaping a Christian worldview that will directly connect to your vocation – and in addition you will find opportunities to gain the practical expertise required for ministry, and make a positive contribution to society. 

You will be able to develop your writing and communication skills, and be able to demonstrate an ability to apply a body of knowledge in a range of ministry contexts. This course of study draws on AC’s established expertise in the area of ministry.

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Course Structure

This course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 5 core subjects (50 credit points)
  • 3 elective subjects (30 credit points)

To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Ministry a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see the Student Handbook.

Admission Criteria

Academic

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate (or the completion of an International Baccalaureate or the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 4 Certificate IV or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation for admission into this course.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are under the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply to a prescribed program of non-award study on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate of this course.

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.

Language

Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-Face, online
Locations: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart
Duration: 1 year full-time/up to 4 years part-time
Face-to-Face Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
Online Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2, Semester 3

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge: Demonstrated:

  • general understanding of key issues, recent scholarship and practices within chosen discipline area of ministry, consistent with a Christian worldview;
  • technical and theoretical understanding of research principles and methods, and knowledge of research approaches used in the discipline area of ministry.

Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • identify, analyse and synthesise theoretical knowledge in the discipline area of ministry;
  • examine a complex problem or management requirements using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area of ministry;
  • analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to the discipline area of ministry;
  • communicate effectively and creatively ideas and perspectives to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts.

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Demonstrated ability to:

  • articulate questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the discipline area of ministry to develop appropriate solutions;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level expected in a broad range of professional and ministry contexts;
  • collaborate in team projects to make a positive contribution toward social issues;
  • undertake self-reflection and evaluation of performance for the purpose of vocational development.

Alumni Stories

“My study aligns with God’s purpose for my life as what I am learning is not just knowledge but God given wisdom from lecturers who have experienced ministry and know how to face the challenges that can arise. I also believe that what is being imparted to me as a student is a God-centred, faith-building attitude and outlook where I know that even though all my questions may not be answered, that it’s okay and God still has a divine plan for us all. And that plan is not based on who we are or what we do, but who he is and what he chooses to do through us.”

Sophia Hobbs,

Ministry Graduate

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Work-integrated Learning

To qualify for the award of the Diploma of Ministry, a candidate will complete at least 1 subject (10 credit points) of Professional Practice. Students are usually required to find their own workplace/ employer/ mentor to be approved by AC. In some cases, a new aspect within a student’s current paid employment may be suitable as a work placement.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities Graduates of this course of study may find employment in a relevant occupational field that require skills in research and critical thinking, such as:

• Ministry or church-based organisations

• Not-for-profit organisations

• Missions-focussed organisations

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

Course Code

CRICOS Course Code:  094096J