Graduate Diploma of Ministry and Theology

Course code: 4887

Course Convenor: Dr Kayle de Waal

The Graduate Diploma of Ministry and Theology is a two-year, post-graduate course designed specifically to prepare for employed ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist church. The course is both theological and vocational in nature and provides you with a foundation for theology and ministry, and the resources with which to work in the church.


Two years full-time or equivalent part-time

Credit points

102 credit points (9 x 6-credit point subjects & 8 x 6-credit point subjects)

Mode of delivery

On campus (Lake Macquarie).

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The course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and may be offered to Australian students or international students (CRICOS Number 075691C). International students are subject to regulations outlined in the ESOS Act (2007) and the National Code.

Entrance requirements

Bachelor degree or equivalent and demonstrated proficiency in the English language (eg IELTS 6.5) for students whose first language is not English.

The following entry requirements are specific to the GradDipMinTheol course:

1. Recommendation from, and telephone interview with, church pastor
If you are seeking ministry employment, you will need a recommendation from a pastor of your local church who currently knows you, and who can affirm that you currently demonstrate congregation suitability and the potential for ministry. Typically two years must have elapsed since your baptism, during which time you must have been active in your local church.

2. Optional telephone interview of applicant by School
An optional telephone interview may be conducted by a member of the School of Ministry and Theology in order to clarify any matter left unclear by the procedure outlined above.

Employment opportunities

The GradDipMinTheol provides the foundations for a career as a:
• Church Pastor
• Youth Minister
• Evangelist
• Church Administrator
• School Chaplain
• Hospital Chaplain
• Pastoral Educator
• Lecturer

Credit transfer and Advanced standing

Detailed information on alternative admission is available from Avondale Admissions.

Required units

Biblical formation

BBBI46000 Jewish & Christian Apocalyptic Literature
BBBL46200 New Testament Greek
BBNT45100 Selected Themes in the Gospels of Matthew & John
BBNT46100 Exegetical Studies in NT Epistles
BBOT46200 Torah in Context OR BBOT47800 Studies in Old Testament Prophets

Theological-historical formation

THCH46500 Studies in Christian History (Early & Medieval Periods)
THCH47100 Historical Theology
THSY43300 Graduate-entry Studies in Systematic Theology
THSY48200 Themes in Systematic Theology

Spiritual-pastoral formation

CMCP46000 Christian Spirituality in Ministry
CMIN46000 Family Systems Theory
CMIN46500 Homiletics
CMIN48100 Evangelism & Discipleship
CMIN48200 Evangelism & Mission
CMIN48300 Church Ministry Practice
CMIN48400 Church Ministry Leadership

How to Apply

For further enquiries please contact Avondale Admissions:;
+61 2 4980 2377;
freecall 1800 991 392 (within Australia).