Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availablePayment planUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    6 months full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

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  • Career Outcomes:

    Theologist | Community Worker | Youth Worker | Theology Researcher | Chaplain | View All

Course Rundown

Build a foundation in Christian theology and start a rewarding academic study path with this Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies course from Australian Catholic University. 

Designed for students with no academic background in theological study, this course offers a basic foundation in Christian theology, and allows theology graduates to advance their knowledge in specialised areas. 

With a broad range of elective units available, this course offers students the opportunity to tailor their learning to the area that most interests them. You’ll have the opportunity to study ancient languages, liturgy, philosophy, ethics, and modern mission in context, and develop skills in interpreting biblical texts and applying teachings to a modern context. You’ll learn how to interpret text with insights drawn from historical, cultural, literary, philosophical and theological analyses, and develop a deeper understanding of the sources, development and implications of Christian beliefs. 

Whether motivated to deepen your connection to the church or to develop an intellectual understanding of faith, this qualification will equip you with the knowledge, skills and insights for a meaningful academic or professional career in theological study. 


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

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

What You’ll Learn

In this theology course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Biblical studies
  • Foundations of Christian faith

Theology specialisation subjects:

Ancient languages:

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


  • Celebrating feasts and seasons
  • Foundations in Liturgy
  • Liturgical music
  • Sacraments of initiation

The Biblical world:

  • A synoptic gospel
  • Biblical studies
  • Jesus the Christ
  • The early Christian world
  • Biblical Hebrew A
  • Biblical Hebrew B
  • New Testament Greek A
  • New Testament Greek B

Elective subjects:

  • Ethics in a faith-based context
  • Introducing philosophy for theology
  • Effective ministry: Communication and processes in groups
  • Exploring parish culture
  • Canon law and the church’s liturgical life
  • Mission in context
  • Mission imperative: Engaging with Christian mission
  • Theology elective
  • Introducing religions of the world

Why study with Australian Catholic University?

Since opening their doors in January of 1991, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been educating students in a range of fields; from arts and humanities to health, education, leadership, social work, theology and more.

When you sign up to a course at ACU, you’re not just another number, they see each student as a whole, offering you an educational experience that’ll empower you and prepare you for success.

Student Support

Whether you choose to study online or at one of ACU’s many upbeat campuses, you’re sure to receive the support you need to succeed and thrive with your studies.

Students of ACU can access their Academic Skills Unit, which will help build your skills around exam prep, offer study tips, writing tips and more. Access online resources, participate in workshops, ask questions via their ‘Ask an Adviser’ online services, book a consult, or simply drop-in.

Their team of staff and researchers are all about offering students an education with greater purpose – empowering students to achieve goals and accomplish something great!

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, or online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

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

This qualification offers a pathway to specialised academic study in theology and can be used to gain entry into a master's degree or graduate diploma course. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies provides entry into the Master of Theological Studies.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, insights and personal abilities to engage deeply in a church, academic or community environment, and will extend your understanding of the sources, development and implications of Christian beliefs. 

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Australian Catholic University offers flexible payment methods for students. You may choose to pay course fees upfront, on a payment plan, or through a FEE-HELP loan for eligible candidates. 

FEE-HELPYou 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.