For students who really want to get the best possible preparation for future ministry, we offer the option of studying four years full-time with QTC. The four-year course option is designed for those who would like to broaden and deepen their theological training beyond the level possible within a three-year MDiv. QTC has a wide range of electives that can be taken in the fourth year of study. Students may also, under certain circumstances, take up to two of our MTS units (see Intensives for Ministry Workers) as part of their fourth year.
Our graduate level Pastors’ Pathway, Mission Pathway, Women’s Ministry Pathway and General Pathway all provide for this fourth year of training in the ACT double degree – the Master of Divinity/Graduate Diploma of Divinity. See the course requirements for this four-year course here.
Those on the MDiv/GDDiv Pastors’ Pathway audit two Pastoral Ministry in Practice units in their final year, led by our Principal Gary Millar assisted by a range of pastors and other practitioners. These units focus on the practical skills and spiritual highs and lows involved in working as a pastor or in other kinds of full-time Word-ministry, and is provided by QTC to fourth year Pastors’ pathway students free of charge.
Mode of Study: On campus
Academic Qualifications: Completed three year non-theological bachelor degree or equivalent. It is not available to those who have previously completed a primary degree in theology (such as a Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Divinity or Bachelor of Ministry).
Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work
The MDiv/GDDiv is accredited by the Queensland Office of Higher Education & its interstate counterparts as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member college along with around 20 other colleges nationally. As such, it is a recognized course for the purposes of Fee-Help, Austudy, Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements). Current fee levels for units in the MDiv can be found here.
The MDiv/GDDiv is ideally studied as a full-time course over four years. Students may also study part-time (see below), but may not enjoy some of the benefits of the integrated full-time curriculum as a result. QTC does not offer the MDiv/GDDiv or any of its component subjects by distance as we believe that preparation for ministry occurs best within the context of real Christian community and face-to-face learning. We do however offer a small number of Graduate-level subjects in intensive mode. All students must complete 384 credit points (i.e. 32 semester units) including a common core of units.
At QTC full-time students follow an integrated course of study, designed to help them see the connections between different subjects, and between their subjects and ministry in the real world. Part-time MDiv/GDDiv students at QTC complete the same units as full-time students, and choose their electives from the same options.
See the course requirements here.
Your next step?
Please contact the QTC Registrar for more details or to apply.
QTC is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology.