Associate Degree of Ministry: 2 Years

The Associate Degree of Ministry is a two-year full time course (or part-time equivalent).  It is not a suitable qualification for the majority of full-time paid ministry roles.  However, it would be a good option for people in some associate or part-time roles as members of ministry teams, or Christians who wish to be better equipped to serve in their current church, work, and /or home context.

The Associate Degree of Ministry is also available as an exit point after two years / 192 credit points of study in the three year courses of Bachelor of Ministry, provided that the appropriate unit requirements have been met.

Mode of Study: On Campus and Online

Full details of the ACT course can be found here. See the ACT Coursework Course Enrolment Policy for admission rules and processes.

Admission Requirements:

ATAR: Completion of Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above (OR 14 or above); OR

Previous Qualifications: Successful completion of a qualification at AQF Level 5 or above; OR

Demonstrate Academic Suitability for course: Test, Brief Essay, or Interview.

Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.

Financial Support:

The course is accredited within Australia as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member institution along with around 20 other colleges nationally. As such, it is a recognised course for the purposes of Fee-Help, Austudy, and Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements).

What do I study?

At QTC, the course structure of the Associate Degree of Ministry involves the completion of 192 credit points as follows:

  • Four subjects (48 cps) which survey the Old and New Testament documents respectively: OT001-512 & OT002-512, NT001-512 & NT002-512.
  • TH025-606, Principles of Systematic Theology, a unit designed to introduce you to the foundations of what we believe (6 cps).
  • BB025-506, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, a unit introducing you to skills for biblical interpretation (6 cps).
  • CH006-512, The Reformation (12 cps).
  • PE002-612, a unit on Theological Ethics (12 cps).
  • Two units focused on interpreting particular books or parts of the Bible, known as exegesis units (e.g. Romans, John, the Pentateuch) (24 cps)
  • One unit learning about a major area of Christian doctrine (drawn from TH101-612, TH028-712, TH103-612 and TH027-712) (12 cps).
  • Students enrolled in the Associate Degree of Ministry also take an additional four units (48 cps) of Ministry and Practice units, drawn from QTC’s range of elective units in practical areas including missions, youth and children’s ministry, preaching, pastoral skills and more.
  • Any remaining credit points within the total of 192 can be used to study electives from any field, drawn from the list of units offered for the BTh or BMin at QTC.

Your next step?

Contact the QTC Registrar for more details or to apply.

QTC is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology