Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry

About this course

The Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry is an AQF Level 8 award. The course 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 Diploma of Intercultural Ministry is not available to international students.

An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry will hold a three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any field.


Students with either an SCD Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry (GradCertIM) OR an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts) may enter the program. To receive the award they are required to complete a further 36 credit points (4units) and surrender the Grad CertIM or GradCertArts upon graduation.


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 Diploma of Intercultural Ministry requires the completion of 72 credit points which includes

  • four units (36 credit points) taken from the list of approved *Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units
  • four elective units (36 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:

  • Analyse critically, evaluate and adapt the information to complete a range of activities associated with intercultural ministry.
  • Analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide effective engagement in intercultural ministry.
  • transmit intercultural knowledge, skills, and ideas to specialist and non-specialist of audiences.


Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

  • make high-level, independent judgements related to a range of issues pertaining to intercultural living and/or ministry.
  • plan and execute advanced research or field-based project in an area of intercultural ministry.

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


Articulation to Other Awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Master of Intercultural Ministry, upon which they are required to surrender their Graduate Diploma.  Special consideration may be also granted by the Student Support and Administration Committee.

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


The Graduate Diploma of 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 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.


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