Associate Degree in Ministry
The Associate Degree in Ministry integrates a well-developed foundation in Christian studies with a broad and coherent theological and practical knowledge in theology and biblical studies. The Associate Degree in Ministry is a nested award within the Bachelor of Ministry.
Preparing you for Christian ministry in today's world, the Associate Degree in Ministry is designed to provide you with a broad theoretical knowledge of Christian Studies and practical knowledge of ministry. This course guides you to be able to minister effectively in Christian and community settings and respond intelligently to a wide variety of modern challenges and issues.
The Associate Degree in Ministry seeks to link academic reflection in Christian Studies and theology in meaningful ways to training needs which stem from increasing contemporary challenges that churches and other Christian communities are facing.
The course structure is based on four semesters (each of 12 weeks duration, plus an exam week), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
- 9 core subjects (90 credit points)
- Professional Practice (10 credit points)
- 6 electives (60 credit points)
To qualify for the award of Associate Degree in Ministry a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 160 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.
For more information see the Student Handbook.
Core / 9 Subjects (90 credit points)
- BIB104 Old Testament Foundations
- BIB105 New Testament Foundations
- HIS102 Church History Foundations
- LEA201 Leadership Principles
- MIN101 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
- MIN102 Christian Spirituality
- RES101 Introduction to Academic Writing and Research
- THE101 Christian Worldview
- THE201 Christian Ethics
Professional Experience / 1 Subject (10 credit points)
Electives / 6 Subjects (60 credit points)
6 subjects taken from any Level 7 course of study offered by AC. View the full list of subjects for this course.
For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.
Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate with an ATAR of 65 or higher (or the completion of the International Baccalaureate or interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.
Special admission is also available for Year 12 students whose ATAR (or equivalent) falls within 5 points of the published guaranteed ATAR but have done well in subjects relevant to the course of study. These Special Admission Pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director and then tabled for approval by the Admissions Committee
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).
The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion or partial completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.
Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
Delivery Mode*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded, Intensives
Locations**: Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Online
Duration: 2 years full-time/up to 8 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.
** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.
Fees & Timetable
A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.
For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate a broad knowledge of Christian history, doctrine and tradition as a foundation for ministry.
- skills to analyse and interpret the biblical text, using sound hermeneutical methods, as a core document of the Christian faith with consideration for the contemporary application of the text;
- skills to comprehend, apply and communicate a Christian worldview, with particular emphasis on the role of the gospel in providing an ethical framework for personal living.
- ability to discuss and analyse contemporaneous topics, issues and challenges impacting on Christian ministry and the Pentecostal community, and create solutions to these challenges;
- ability to collaborate with the broader community of Christian ministers and community leaders to provide appropriate collegial support;
- basic skills in critical thinking and self-directed research, using a range of sources and methods
Application of Knowledge and Skills:
- some ability in self-reflection and evaluation of ministry and leadership performance for the purpose of vocational development;
- cognitive and technical skills required for ministry functions, including some depth within the field of Christian studies;
- breadth and complexity of (para) professional ministry skills pertinent to engagement with congregational communities. This includes the ability to apply knowledge and skills to a range of contexts.
To qualify for the award of the Associate Degree in Ministry, a candidate will complete at least 1 subject (10 credit points) of Professional Practice. Students are usually required to find their own workplace/ employer/ mentor to be approved by AC. In some cases, a new aspect within a student’s current paid employment may be suitable as a work placement.
For information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.
Graduate employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:
- Associate or Assistant Pastor
- Assistant Youth minister
- Assistant Missionary
- Community Care Worker
- Church Board member
- Christian Marketplace Leaders and/or Professionals
“My study aligns with God’s purpose for my life as what I am learning is not just knowledge but God-given wisdom from lecturers who have experienced ministry and know how to face the challenges that can arise. I also believe that what is being imparted to me as a student is a God-centred, faith-building attitude and outlook where I know that even though all my questions may not be answered, that it’s okay and God still has a divine plan for us all. And that plan is not based on who we are or what we do, but who he is and what he chooses to do through us.”