Graduate Certificate in Theology

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

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  • Duration:

    1 year part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    St Mark's National Theological Centre (RTO 88072)

  • Location


  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Theologist | Student Counsellor | Counsellor | Religious Leader | Pastoral Care Worker | View All

Course Rundown

 Take the first step on a spiritual and intellectual path with this practical, contemporary Graduate Certificate in Theology course from St Mark’s National Theological Centre. 

Designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field, this course offers an opportunity to search for meaning and spiritual depth in contemporary Australian society and provides foundation training and understanding of the ministry and the church. 

If you’re seeking skills, knowledge and personal insights that will enable you to work, learn and grow in a religious setting, this qualification is your first step. 

With online teaching and the opportunity to select elective units with immersive, live-in delivery, this qualification is flexible and holistic, centred on student experience and designed to make sure you get the most out of your learning. Consideration of the contemporary Australian context ensures you have opportunities to build professional skills in critical thinking, analysis, leadership and management, preparing you for a rewarding and varied career in theological leadership in the future. 


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Theology from a recognised Australia institution. 

What You’ll Learn

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

Core units:

  • Introduction to Christian theology
  • Introduction to Old Testament studies
  • Introduction to New Testament studies

Elective units:

  • Jesus the Christ
  • The rise of Christianity to 600CE
  • Introduction to Christian ministry
  • Reformation Church history
  • The diaconate in history and contemporary development
  • Mission, evangelism and apologetics
  • Anglican foundations
  • Uniting Church studies
  • Being the church
  • The practice of cross cultural ministry in Australia
  • Liturgical theology
  • Practical theology

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.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

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

This qualification will equip you with the skills and experience required to deepen your spiritual practise and enhance your career helping others on their journey to serve the church.With this qualification, you'll have the skills and experience required to seek employment in a range of leadership roles in a religious context, including working as a pastoral care leader or church counsellor, or in a role requiring leadership, management and critical thinking skills in the church setting. 

This qualification will help you develop a broad range of professional skills in critical thinking, decision-making, analysis and management to be applied in a range of industries as you commence your career. 

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 per subject 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.