Key information

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Study mode

Online; On campus
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Campus locations

United Theological College, Canberra
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Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 2; Session 1; Session 2 201760; 201830; 201860

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

Study mode

Online; On campus

Campus locations

United Theological College, Canberra
  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Learn from leading researchers

At CSU, you are guided by highly qualified lecturers working from their own research interests. The library resources are extensive, accessible and comprehensive. Areas of study range across subjects in Biblical studies, Church History, Practical Theology and Systematic Theology.

A holistic approach to theology

CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the school is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. 

Choose your learning pathway

Combined with a flexible online learning environment and four teaching sites, the school provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. You can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or online. The school is also affiliated with St Barnabas’ College in Adelaide and St Francis’ College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for you to study some parts of your course at these locations.

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Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

THL407 Jesus the Christ
THL461 Being the Church
THL419 The European Reformations, 1400-1700
THL438 Mission, Evangelism And Apologetics
THL457 Biblical Hebrew 2
THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL417 New Testament Greek 1
THL426 The Diaconate
THL409 Introduction To New Testament Studies
THL410 The Rise Of Christianity To 600 C E
THL490 Liturgical Theology
THL408 Introduction To Old Testament Studies
THL418 Christian Ministry
THL491 Practical Theology

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

You can either continue on to further postgraduate study or choose to take on a role in a variety of areas, depending on your interests. In addition, the course builds your general skills in communication, critical thinking and judgement, application and problem solving, which will be useful across any number of career paths.

Ministry, church leadership and chaplaincy

You could work in any number of public and private organisations.

Church-run non-government organisations 

Make a difference to the lives of people in your community.

Missions

Apply your skills and knowledge to help overseas communities.

You can either continue on to further postgraduate study or choose to take on a role in a variety of areas, depending on your interests. In addition, the course builds your general skills in communication, critical thinking and judgement, application and problem solving, which will be useful across any number of career paths.

Ministry, church leadership and chaplaincy

You could work in any number of public and private organisations.

Church-run non-government organisations 

Make a difference to the lives of people in your community.

Missions

Apply your skills and knowledge to help overseas communities.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

No special Credit arrangements apply.

Graded Credit will be granted for subjects completed within the CSU Graduate Certificate in Theology.

Within the limitations of the Academic Credit Regulations of the University, Credit may be considered for Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, Church History and Practical Theology subjects successfully completed at other institutions at the graduate level.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Graduate Diploma of Theology is only available to study on campus.

The Graduate Diploma of Theology is only available to study online.

You can study the Graduate Diploma of Theology online or on campus.

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineCanberraFPOSYYNJAGT
DirectOnlineCanberraFPPGYYNOAGC
DirectOn campusCanberraFPPGYYNOAGD
DirectOn campusUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYNIAGC
DirectOn campusCanberraFPOSYYNIAGD
DirectOn campusUnited Theological CollegeFPPGYYNOAGN

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineCanberraFPOSYYNJAGT
DirectOnlineCanberraFPPGYYNOAGC
DirectOn campusCanberraFPPGYYNOAGD
DirectOn campusUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYNIAGC
DirectOn campusCanberraFPOSYYNIAGD
DirectOn campusUnited Theological CollegeFPPGYYNOAGN

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Katherine Spackman - Gradute Diploma of Theology

"The three main factors that influenced my decision to study with Charles Sturt University (CSU) were location (Canberra), study mode (on campus) and the ethos and values of St Mark’s National Theological Centre."

Katherine Spackman - Gradute Diploma of Theology

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

Graduate Certificate in Theology 
The course consists of 32 credit points comprising 4 subjects (3 core subjects and 1 restricted elective):

Core subjects (24)
THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies

Restricted Electives
and one restricted elective (8) chosen from:
THL407 Jesus the Christ
THL410 The Rise of Christianity to 600CE
THL418 Introduction to Christian Ministry
THL419 Reformation Church History
THL426 The Diaconate in History and Contemporary Development
THL438 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
THL440 Anglican Foundations
THL441 Uniting Church Studies
THL461 Being the Church
THL486 The Practice of Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
THL490 Liturgical Theology
THL491 Practical Theology
 

Graduate Diploma of Theology
The course consists of 64 credit points comprising 8 subjects (6 core subjects and 2 restricted electives):

Core subjects
THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL461 Being the Church
THL407 Jesus the Christ
THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies
THL410 The Rise of Christianity to 600CE

Upon successful completion of THL460, THL408, THL409 and one restricted elective chosen from THL407, THL410, THL418, THL419, THL426, THL438, THL440, THL441, THL461, THL486, THL490 or THL491 students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Theology.

Restricted electives
and two restricted electives (16) chosen from:

THL416 Hebrew 1
THL417 New Testament Greek 1
THL418 Introduction to Christian Ministry
THL419 Reformation Church History
THL426 The Diaconate in History and Contemporary Development
THL438 Mission, Evangelism and Apologetics
THL440 Anglican Foundations
THL441 Uniting Church Studies
THL443 New Testament Greek 2
THL457 Hebrew 2
THL486 The Practice of Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
THL490 Liturgical Theology
THL491 Practical Theology

Graduate Certificate in Theology
Due to the subject rotation of core subjects it is only possible to complete this course in Part-time mode.

Part-time
Session 1

THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies

Session 2
THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies
[Restricted Elective]

Graduate Diploma of Theology

Full-time
Session 1

THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies
THL410 The Rise of Christianity to 600CE
[Restricted Elective]

Session 2
THL461 Being the Church
THL407 Jesus the Christ
THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies
[Restricted Elective]

Upon successful completion of THL460, THL408, THL409 and one restricted elective chosen from THL407, THL410, THL418, THL419, THL426, THL438, THL440, THL441, THL461, THL486, THL490 or THL491 students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Theology.

Part-time
Session 1

THL460 Introduction to Christian Theology
THL408 Introduction to Old Testament Studies

Session 2
THL461 Being the Church
THL409 Introduction to New Testament Studies

Upon successful completion of THL460, THL408, THL409 and one restricted elective chosen from THL407, THL410, THL418, THL419, THL426, THL438, THL440, THL441, THL461, THL486, THL490 or THL491 students may choose to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Theology.

Session 3
THL410 The Rise of Christianity to 600CE
[Restricted Elective]

Session 4
THL407 Jesus the Christ
[Restricted Elective]

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 credit points as set out in the degree structure. This is normally equivalent to 8 subjects.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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