Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry (GradCertIM) 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 intercultural ministry, and who are seeking skills in intercultural studies to enhance their professional work. Graduates will be able to apply a body of intercultural knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.

The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry is not available to international students.

An applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry should hold a three-year AQF 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.


Professional entry

This award is a course for professional development where the student may acquire transferable knowledge and skills over a reasonably short period of time. Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry will be considered by the Student Support and Administration Committee on the basis of five years’ experience in a ministry or professional role. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have led people or projects even though their role may not have been senior in their organisation.


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 Intercultural Ministry requires the completion of 36 credit points.

The four units (36 credit points) shall include:

  • two units (18 credit points) taken from the list of approved **Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units
  • two elective units (18 credit points) from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units.


**Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units
  • M8100 Introduction to Intercultural Mission
  • M8101 Missiological Hermeneutics and Contextualisation
  • M8120 Cultural Anthropology for Mission
  • M8140 Encountering Living Faiths of the World
  • M8143 Introducing Islam
  • M8160 Gospel, Culture, and Communication in Australia and New Zealand
  • M9227 Intercultural Communication
  • M9232 Spiritual Warfare and Mission
  • M9242 Interreligious Dialogue
  • M9275 Transformational Development in a Global Context
  • P8158 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P9221 Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • P9222 Change Management for Ministry
  • S8104 Spiritual Formation for Intercultural Ministry
  • T8140 Biblical Theology of Mission

Graduates will have added particular transferable knowledge and skills in intercultural ministry to enhance their work in Christian ministry and mission.


Graduates will have:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of intercultural ministry which are transferable to a variety of complex intercultural contexts,
  • an understanding of the principles and methods of inquiry applicable to intercultural theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in intercultural ministry, so that they are able independently to:

  • review and synthesise intercultural information and reflect on complex problems,
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas,
  • demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts in the missions subdiscipline,
  • transmit intercultural knowledge, skills, and ideas to a variety of audiences.


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • make high-level, independent judgments related to a range of issues pertaining to intercultural living and/or ministry.
Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

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

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.

Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.


Articulation to other awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts or other SCD Graduate awards, provided that they meet the entry requirements of that award. Special entry to those awards may be also granted by the Student Support and Administration Committee.

The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry is not offered to international students on an Australian student visa.


The Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry 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 student at Sydney College of Divinity 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.