Graduate Certificate in Ministry

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

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  • Duration:

    Up to two years part-time

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  • Awarded by:

    St Mark's National Theological Centre (RTO 88072)

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  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Counsellor | Youth Worker | Religious Leader | Chaplain | Minister | View All

Course Rundown

Enhance your career prospects and build relevant new skills with this practical online Graduate Certificate in Ministry course from St Mark’s National Theological Centre. 

A practice-oriented course in contemporary ministry, this qualification is designed for ministers or religious leaders to build new skills in leadership, management and governance in order to deepen your religious leadership. 

With a focus on versatile skills, this qualification comprises a single core unit in contemporary ministry and three elective units, offering you opportunities to build professional skills in areas including pastoral counselling, supervision, church governance, management and leadership, applied pastoral theology, chaplaincy, and contemporary mission and evangelism. 

This course acts as a pathway to the Master of Ministry. Upon successful completion of this course, you will have 32 of the required 96 credit points for the Master of Ministry. 

If you want to broaden your knowledge, build contemporary leadership skills, and facilitate critical reflection on the practise of ministry, this qualification offers the opportunity to take enhance your religious practise and better serve both the church and others. 


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree in Theology from a recognised Australian university or equivalent, or hold the Graduate Diploma of Theology with a Credit average or higher; AND
  • Have at least two years of full-time professional experience in ministry. 



What You’ll Learn

In this arts and humanities course, the subjects you may study include:

Core unit:

  • Reflective practice in contemporary ministry

Elective units:

  • Supervision in ministry
  • Church governance and management
  • Christian chaplaincy in context
  • Applied principles of church leadership
  • Practical studies in liturgy and worship
  • Contemporary issues in practical theology
  • Contemporary mission and evangelism
  • Public theology for ministry
  • Pastoral counselling skills
  • Pastoral counselling: theory and professional issues
  • Pastoral counselling: grief and loss
  • Pastoral counselling: crisis intervention
  • Pastoral counselling: relationships and family
  • Spiritual direction in the Christian tradition
  • Applied pastoral theology
  • Foundations for pastoral and spiritual care of older people
  • Pastoral and spiritual care of older people
  • Theological and ethical issues for people in later life


Why study with St Mark's National Theological Centre?

Discover what theological learning is all about when you sign up to a course at St Mark’s National Theological Centre. Since 1957 St Mark’s has been a leader in theological learning, offering students from all different backgrounds a rich, vibrant and supportive educational environment. St Mark’s is a proud partner of Charles Sturt University (CSU) and offers nationally recognised and academically rigorous undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in counselling, ministry and theology, pastoral studies plus more.

Student Support

St Mark’s National Theological Centre pride themselves on offering a supportive and high-quality theological education experience, while keeping the students’ interest at the forefront at all times.

As a partner with CSU, students of St Mark’s will be able to access the same great range of support services, including counselling services for any support you may need along your study journey or in your personal life.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Ministry course from St Mark's National Theological Centre. 

This qualification will equip you with the skills and experience required to deepen your own spiritual practise and help others on their journey to serve the church. With this qualification, you’ll be equipped to work in a leadership or management role in your church, and may choose to take on responsibilities including church governance, management or team leadership. 

This qualification also acts as a pathway to further study. After completing this course, you may choose to continue with the Master of Ministry.


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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

The fee for this course is $7,600 ($1,900 per eight credit point subject).

St Mark’s offers payment plans to assist students to manage the cost of study. The payment plan involves payment of a $500 deposit on or before the census date, and an agreement to make regular payments to complete the balance of fee payment by the last day of the semester.