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Diploma in Theology

Undergraduate Course
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About This Course*

The primary goal of Tabor’s Diploma in Theology course is to develop graduates who have a deeper appreciation of the Christian Scriptures, faith and story and a greater ability to connect these with life in 21st century Australia.

The course consists of four core subjects and four electives. The core subjects provide students with an introductory understanding of the Christian Scriptures and Christian theology. The electives provide space for students to pursue their own educational and vocational outcomes, whether these be a deeper knowledge of the Scriptures, key elements of the Christian faith, or knowledge and skills relating to a specific area of Christian ministry.

The short and flexible nature of the award makes it ideal for people who are studying with specific ministry goals in mind as well as those who are looking to grow in their own understanding of the faith.

Spiritual Direction specialisation.
Students who are planning to focus on Spiritual Direction within the Diploma in Theology would complete the following subjects as their electives; Exploring Spiritual Direction and Deepening Spiritual Direction. Please note that choosing a focus on Spiritual Direction means this course cannot be completed within 12 months but over 24-36 month period at a part time rate.

The Diploma of Theology (Spiritual Direction specialisation) consists of 6 subjects, 4 x core and 2 x specialisation subjects. The core subjects are worth 6 credit points each and the specialisation subjects 12 credit points each. A Diploma of Theology candidate must accrue an aggregate of at least 48 credit points.Please seek pathway advice each semester with the Head of Program.

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Professional Outcomes

Students often choose to complete a Diploma in Theology for their own personal growth and development, or to equip them for (usually voluntary) ministry roles. Graduates may find employment in local churches in associate leadership roles or seek to develop their own ministries.

Graduates who have undertaken a Spiritual Direction focus within the Diploma of Theology may seek employment as spiritual directors both within and outside of the church. The award provides the necessary academic grounding for people to start their own spiritual direction ministry (recognising that such academic qualifications need to be supplemented by significant life experience, spiritual maturity, ongoing supervision and professional development for individuals to function as effective directors).

*Please note, we are not taking any new enrolments for this course however students can instead apply for the Diploma of Ministry and Theology.

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Course Structure


Subject Totals






  • Engaging the Christian Scriptures
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Story of the Church
  • Theological Reflection
  • Foundations of Trinitarian Theology
  • Exploring the Christian Faith
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4

Options vary and are subject to availability.

Spiritual Direction specialisation: Students undertaking a Spiritual Direction focus are required to complete the following two subjects within their electives: Exploring Spiritual Direction, and Deepening Spiritual Direction. Please seek pathway advice each semester.

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus, online or a mix of both.

Adelaide – Millswood SA

Perth – Forrestfield WA

Offered fully online

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.

What do I need for entry?

Completion of ‘Tabor Early Entry’ criteria (NOT dependent on ATAR)
Qualify for mature age entry

How much does it cost?

Learn more about
fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

Tabor: TM514T
SATAC: Not applicable

Undergraduate Course

Faculty of Ministry Practice
Phone:1300 482 267