Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Adelaide
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • Online
  • Strathfield

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.


Students will develop a wide range of skills, including oral and written communication skills, and the capacity to analyse, reflect critically, evaluate, and bring ethical perspectives to life and work. These skills will prepare them to succeed in areas such as chaplaincy or other church-related careers, administrative roles, or in various other professions for which they are qualified, such as teaching or social work.

Course duration

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Ballarat (Multi-mode)
  • Brisbane (Multi-mode)
  • Adelaide (Multi-mode)
  • Canberra (Multi-mode)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode)
  • Online
  • Strathfield (Multi-mode)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Please note: Units for this course may be offered On Campus, Online or by Flexible Delivery. Please refer to the Course Enrolment Guide for further information.

Deferment, credit points & course units


No deferment available.

Credit Points


Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $16410 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Applying for admission

Professional recognition

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.

Pathways to further study

Successful completion of the Master of Theological Studies provides entry into the Master of Theology (Research).

More course information

Units for this course may be offered On Campus, Online or by Flexible Delivery.

Specialisations in:

  • Biblical and Early Christian Studies
  • Christian Practice
  • Christian Thought
  • Liturgy
  • Philosophy

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