Graduate Certificate of Arts

The Graduate Certificate of Arts develops knowledge in a short course of study. It is useful for those who are returning to study, or those who want to study but are not ready to commit to a full postgraduate pathway. Students may select from subjects within the Biblical Studies, Theology and Leadership disciplines at AQF8 and AQF9.

This course is designed for tertiary level graduates of non-theological or ministry courses who desire to develop knowledge and skills that will enhance their Christian ministry and service.

The course is particularly appropriate for those actively engaged in ministry and theological practice requiring an introductory understanding of theory and practice within their chosen field area of expertise. The course content and structure facilitates engagement with subjects that relate directly to the student’s specific field of study and the development of their ministry practice. 

The course is offered in full-time, part-time, online, onsite or virtual. This flexible program will open the pathway into a Graduate Diploma, or an ACCS masters by Coursework degree.

The course provides an early exit point for students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Arts, or an ACCS Master of Arts or Master of Leadership Practice


One trimester full-time or part-time equivalent


Study selected subjects from Theology, Bible and Leadership


4 subjects


Comprehensive course


Available online or in-class or virtual


FEE-HELP eligible

Modes of Delivery

Onsite, virtual or online

Entry Requirements
  • An AQF level 7 award or its equivalent English qualification.
  • An AQF level 8 award with credit transfer based on the ACCS Credit Transfer Policy.
  • Professional entry is available for those who do not hold an undergraduate award but have a minimum of five-years senior pastor or other leadership role in any profession  or possess a minimum of eight-years relevant work experience as an associate pastor, or in a range of leadership roles from assistant leader to senior team leader or possess a minimum of ten-years relevant work experience in an associate leader role and be over the age of 30.
Course Load

The course is based on one trimester, of thirteen weeks duration with four subjects offered for students studying full time or part time equivalent.