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DipChSt Diploma of Christian Studies

The Diploma is an ideal starting point for studying the Bible, theology and mission, and being equipped with knowledge and skills to apply a Christian perspective to your personal, professional and vocational life. With a broad range of entry-level units, the Diploma will equip you with a solid scriptural foundation to grow your Christian faith and develop your ministry skills.

The Diploma of Christian Studies is an undergraduate award based wholly on the Bachelor of Theology units. It is designed to introduce you to Christian studies within higher education. Graduates will have acquired basic knowledge, skills, and values of Christian relevance to their professional, family, church, social, and personal lives.

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  • Duration2 Semesters full-time or 6 semesters part-time
  • Structure8 Units total (72 credit points)
  • Fees$1500 per unit
  • Entry RequirementsSatisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian School system, or its equivalent; or Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; or articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.
  • English ProficiencyApplicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test. A student can be admitted provisionally into the DipChSt when they have an IELTS result of 6.0 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the test.

The Diploma of Christian Studies is an AQF Level 5 Award. It is
- fully accredited through the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) 
- qualifies for Austudy and FEE-HELP assistance
- available to overseas students
- available online 

Booth College offers a trimester system dividing the academic year into three ten-week terms. The semester dates in 2017 are
Semester 1: Week 1 starts 6 February, week 10 ends 14 April 
Semester 2: Week 1 starts 15 May, week 10 ends 28 July (mid semester one-week break starts 3 July) 
Semester 3: Week 1 starts 28 August, week 10 ends 3 November

The Diploma of Christian Studies is the perfect course to start your study into theology, Bible and mission. With a broad range of entry-level subjects, the Diploma will equip you with a solid scriptural foundation to grow your Christian faith and develop your ministry skills. As a graduate you will have deepened your awareness of the nature and scope of theology and its affinity as a field of study within higher education. 

The Diploma will prepare you for life, mission and ministry as you develop a strong understanding of Christian faith and practice and be ready for workplace outreach and evangelism.

The Salvation Army personnel may be eligible for finanacial assistance through the Course Assistance Board (CAB). Interested applicants should submit a signed CAB Form to All submitted CAB forms must be signed by the line manager/division to demonstrate the support of the applicant's department/corps/division. 
Application to enrol in the program is to be made to the Registrar. The Registrar can be contacted on +61 02 9502 0469 and by email at

Semester 1

  • B7120 Introduction to Old Testament

  • B7254 Synoptic Gospels

  • H7100 Introduction to the Study of Christian History

  • L7320 Preaching and Context

  • M7100 Introduction to Mission

  • P7261 Principles of Pastoral Leadership

  • T7287 Wesleyan Theology

  • T7386 Reformation Theology

Semester 2

  • A7101 Critical Thinking and Writing

  • B7368 Johannine Literature

  • L7100 Introduction to Christian Worship

  • L7220 Introduction to Preaching

  • M7109Isl Introduction to Islam

  • M7295 Studies in Social Ministry

  • M7372 Mission and Justice

  • P7101 Introduction to Pastoral Theology & Ministry

  • P7272 Pastoral Ministry in Context

  • T7337 Christian Anthropology and Grace

Semester 3

  • B7130 Introduction to New Testament

  • B7214 Pentateuch

  • M7285 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Mission

  • P7210 Children's Ministry

  • P7282 Supervised Ministry 1 (Church)

  • T7105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines

  • T7231 The Person and Work of Christ

  • T7338 Doctrine of Sanctification

Upon completion of the Diploma of Christian Studies, students may choose to continue on and have the 8 subjects count as the first year of the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Ministry program.

The Diploma of Christian Studies is both a stand-alone award and a nested award in the Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice, the Bachelor of Theology and the Bachelor of Ministry. As a result it articulates directly into any of these awards. On completion of any of these further awards the student would surrender the Diploma of Christian Studies. The award may be retained if no credit is granted into the further awards.

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