Associate Degree in Theological Studies

The Associate Degree in Theological Studies provides a two-year study of basic theology, the Bible, and church ministry for those who wish to serve as educated and skilled laypersons within a local congregation. It provides a flexible program, a range of units, and field work—where students are placed and mentored in a local church—that can later be credited towards a Bachelor of Theology or a Bachelor of Ministry and Theology if further study is desired.

At a Glance

Course Code





Two-year full-time or equivalent part-time

Mode of Delivery

On campus (Lake Macquarie)


The Associate Degree in Theological Studies course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and may be offered to Australian students or international students (CRICOS Number 059849G). International students are subject to regulations outlined in the ESOS Act (2007) and the National Code.

International Students Policy

Entry Requirements

General Admission Requirements apply to the Bachelor of Theology course.

Field Education Requirements

There is an intentional placement of and mentoring of students in a local church during the initial phases of their enrolment in the AssocDegTheolStuds degree. A number of specific requirements attached to several of the church ministry subjects need to be fulfilled in a local church. In order to be placed in a local church, students are required to sign a self-disclosure form (Prohibited Persons Declaration) and consent to a criminal records check. Further information is available in the Field Education Handbook.

Course Info

Course Information Booklet

For more details on the content of this course please download the following booklet:

Associate Degree in Theological Studies

Unit Synopsis

The Undergraduate Handbook contains detailed information on each unit.

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‘This course has exposed me to a wide range of belief systems and theology, as well as grounding me more firmly in my beliefs. My lecturers and classmates are a constant inspiration. My Avondale experience has left me loving God more and better equipped to serve Him’ ­— Emma Weslake



The Associate Degree in Theological Studies provides a two-year study of basic theology and ministry and is designed for those who wish to serve as educated and skilled laypersons in a local congregration. This qualification does not provide a recognised pathway into the employed ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church.


Financial Information

The information provided is a guide but will give you a rough idea as to the costs associated with studying at Avondale. Actual fee amounts vary on the enrolled course and the units that are taken. Please contact us if you have further questions.


The following scholarships are available specifically for this course: