Graduate Certificate in Arts

CRICOS 082669J

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts) is an AQF Level 8 award. It is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in theological studies to enhance their professional work. Graduates will be able to apply a body of theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.

An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Arts will require a three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.


English Proficiency

Applicants 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 7.0 in all bands of the test.

The Graduate Certificate in Arts requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units).

All course units will be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study in the 8100 and 9200 series.

The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in a subdiscipline.


Graduates will have:

  • An advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, in one or more theologically-related disciplines or areas of practice
  • potential acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.



Graduates will have cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • review and synthesize theological information and identify and reflect on complex problems;
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas;
  • demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts in one or more theological disciplines;
  • transmit theologically-related knowledge, skills, and ideas to a variety of audiences.


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

  • make high-level, independent judgments related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and/or ministry.

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Arts.

Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.


Articulation to other awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Arts, on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Certificate.

The Graduate Certificate in Arts is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery, and timetable.


A domestic Sydney College of Divinity student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester. SCD offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering SCD awards, whilst enrolled with one college.


International students

International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of 4 units (36 credit points) per semester, including a minimum of one unit per semester in face-to-face mode, and at least two-thirds of the total units in face-to-face mode. If you are planning to enrol as an international student, you have the responsibility to ensure that you comply with your visa conditions at all times. Learn more about your responsibilities, rights, and what studying in Australia can offer you. Not all our teaching institutions offer study programs for international students. Check out the locations and courses offered to international students, and for more information email us at [email protected]