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Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

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  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Self-paced, max of 10 years

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

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What you'll learn

About this course

Studying this Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies program through Open Universities Australia will give you the knowledge and training to forge a career in theology. This theological studies course will give you an in-depth understanding of the origins, history and modern manifestations of the Christian faith.

In this postgraduate program, you will learn methodological approaches to theological studies, including how to critically analyse sources, and how to interpret biblical texts through different theoretical frameworks and discourses. You will also investigate the gradual development of the Christian faith, and how to effectively communicate Christian beliefs for modern Christian practice.


Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Areas of study

In this theological studies program, you can choose to study the Ancient languages stream or the Biblical world stream: Ancient languages stream:

  • New Testament Greek A
  • New Testament Greek B
  • Medieval Latin
  • Biblical Hebrew A
  • Biblical Hebrew B
  • Ecclesiastical Latin A
  • Ecclesiastical Latin B

Biblical world stream:

  • Biblical studies
  • A synoptic gospel
  • New Testament Greek A
  • New Testament Greek B
  • Jesus the Christ
  • The Early Christian world
  • Biblical Hebrew A
  • Biblical Hebrew B
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies from Australian Catholic University.

Studies in theology are essential for anyone serious about pursuing a career with the Church, and are an extremely valuable source of knowledge for anyone interested in religion, its origins, and its modern forms and implications. Graduates will have the historical background and the analytical skill to pursue further studies in religion, religious education or a career in the clergy.

Curious about where a career in theology could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Theology Researcher
  • Religious Leader
  • Theologian

Payment options & support

Finance options

FEE-HELP is available.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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