Courses

SMBC offers academic depth with flexibility – from undergraduate diplomas through to postgraduate research degrees – full-time, part-time or intensive mode. All our courses have solid Biblical foundations and preparation for ministry, but each course has different requirements and emphasis. Except for the Certificate of Bible and Ministry and the Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies, which are SMBC awards, all courses are Australian College of Theology (ACT) courses.

We encourage you to contact our registrar's department on 02 9747 4780 or ftstudy@smbc.com.au to have a conversation about what course, or unit, might best suit your needs.

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Certificate of Bible and Ministry (CBM)

The Certificate of Bible and Ministry is an SMBC award that all full-time SMBC students study concurrently with their ACT course. The award is made up of a number of subjects and participation in the community life at College...

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Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies (ICCS)

The Introductory Certificate in Christian Studies (ICCS) is awarded to part-time students who have successfully completed a total of 192 hours of study at Certificate level. This internal SMBC award is available to part-time students and does not require concurrent enrolment in an Australian College of Theology (ACT) course...

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Diploma of Christian Studies (DipChrStuds)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The DipChrStuds is primarily offered to overseas students. It provides a broad understanding of the Bible, church history, theology with some ministry and practice units.

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Diploma of Theology (Pathway 1) (DipTh(P1))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The Diploma of Theology (Pathway 1) will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church as a Bible study leader, youth or children’s leader, or lay preacher. This course is only available to part-time students. It provides a broad understanding of the Bible, church history and theology as well as the option of choosing a couple of ministry and missions units.

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Combined Diplomas of Theology and Ministry (Pathway 1) (DipTh/DipMin(P1))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Completion of Year 12 or Mature Age Entry (20yr+)

The purpose of the Combined Diplomas of Theology and Ministry (Pathway 1) is to prepare you for gospel ministry in your local environment or in cross-cultural settings in Australia or overseas. Graduates work in a wide variety of ministries including pastoral, youth, children’s, prison, church planting, evangelism, missions, and ‘tentmaking’. The course provides a broad understanding of the Bible, church history and theology as well as the option of choosing several ministry and missions units.

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Diploma of Ministry (Pathway 2) (DipMin(P2))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The Diploma of Ministry (Pathway 2) suits those requiring some foundational biblical and theological education to serve in a local church, or to use their existing profession or trade on the mission field. It contains units of study which provide an overview of the Old and New Testaments, church history and theology, as well as ministry and practice electives.

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Associate Degree of Ministry (AssocDegMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The Associate Degree of Ministry is offered through the SMBC School of Cross-Cultural Mission and provides a great balance of study in Bible, church history, theology and missions. Cross-cultural fieldwork is a required component of this course, providing you with the opportunity to experience and reflect on ministry in a cultural context different to your own, either within Australia or overseas...

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Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The Bachelor of Theology is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas. It provides a broad knowledge of the Bible, as well as a more detailed textual, exegetical and theological treatment. It includes biblical languages as core units as well as missions and pastoral units...

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Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry (BTh/BMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or Mature Age Entry (21yr+)

The Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry is aimed at equipping you for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas, with additional emphasis on missions, pastoral and ministry skills. This combined degree includes the full Bachelor of Theology programme which you will complete initially. Following this, the additional units leading to the award of the Bachelor of Ministry are chosen from a wide selection of ministry and practice areas: missions and cross-cultural studies, spiritual formation, evangelism and educational chaplaincy. You may also choose to include a research project or a Master of Arts level unit in your selection.

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Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (BTh(Hons))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: Bachelor of Theology with a GPA of at least 2.0 overall, and 2.8 in the designated field of study.

The Bachelors Honours program is designed for students who have graduated with a three year undergraduate degree in theology from the ACT and who have demonstrated high academic potential as a means of preparing men and women for advanced research in theology.

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Graduate Diploma of Christian Studies (GDCS)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

This course is designed for those wishing to think theologically about their profession. It provides an overview of the Bible, Church History, Theology, a Ministry and Practice unit and a 6000-7000 word Integrative Project.

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Graduate Diploma of Divinity (GDDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The Graduate Diploma of Divinity will suit anyone who is looking to be better equipped to serve in a local church or for those wishing to use their profession on the mission field and require some foundational theological education. It provides a broad understanding of the Bible, church history, theology with some ministry and practice units.

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Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (MA(ChrStuds))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

This course is designed for those wishing to think theologically about their profession. The course contains two phases: Phase One is at graduate level and Phase Two is at postgraduate level...

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Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A non-theological degree

The Master of Divinity is a first theological degree which would suit any graduate wishing to prepare for full-time pastoral, evangelistic or Bible teaching ministry in Australia and overseas...

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Graduate Certificate of Ministry (GradCertMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The Graduate Certificate of Ministry (GradCertMin) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Certificate of Theology (GradCertTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The Graduate Certificate of Theology (GradCertTh) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Diploma of Ministry (GradDipMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The Graduate Diploma of Ministry (GradDipMin) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Graduate Diploma of Theology (GradDipTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The Graduate Diploma of Theology (GradDipTh) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Master of Arts (Ministry) (MA(Min))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The Master of Arts (Ministry) (MA(Min)) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Master of Arts (Theology) (MA(Th))

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree

The Master of Arts (Theology) (MA(Th)) is primarily for those in ministry who wish to reflect on aspects of their ministry. It is also a pathway to qualify for entry into research programs. This is a coursework postgraduate course.

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Master of Theology (MTh)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The Master of Theology is a research degree with study and research to be undertaken normally in one field of specialisation within the departments of Bible and Languages, Christian Thought, Ministry and Practice or Missions. The MTh is a research degree for theology graduates who are already engaged in ministry and aspire to be teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. Graduates of the course may articulate to the ACT's ThD, PhD and DMin.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is a research doctoral award for those who wish to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge as applied in the context of professional Christian ministry practice. The degree is designed to enable you to produce significant and original research outcomes and as a beginning researcher demonstrate the capacity to design, implement, gather and interpret data, and communicate the results of the research for theses undertaken in specific fields of knowledge applied to various areas of professional ministry.

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research doctorate equivalent to an Australian University PhD. It is awarded on the basis of a satisfactory completion of a thesis. The PhD is designed to allow you to integrate your research in a field not traditionally related to theology with traditional theological disciplines.  You must show evidence of original research and the exercise of independent critical analysis.

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Doctor of Theology (ThD)

Australian College  of Theology Award Admission requirements: A theological degree + additional prerequisites

The Doctor of Theology (ThD) is a premier research degree for graduates who are engaged in ministry and aspire to be teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas. The degree is designed to equip you as a beginning researcher in the traditonal fields of theology and provide a qualification recognised by theological and Bible colleges as well as universities for those who teach in these fields. You must provide a distinct contribution to theological learning.

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New Testament Greek (LA004A)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit

In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions. New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity.

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Holy Spirit, Grace and Hope (TH211)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit

This unit contains a study of major doctrines of the Christian faith. Topics include: the Holy Spirit; the doctrines of grace; church and ministry; the means of grace; and the Christian hope.

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Jesus and the Gospels (NT301/NT501)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 1 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

Being a Christian involves ‘following’ the Lord Jesus, not around Galilee and Judea, but in the course of our daily lives. The four Gospels provide four different records of what Jesus said and did. They are the foundation for knowing and understanding what he has done for us, as well as what he said about God and his will. If we really want to ‘follow’ Jesus, if we really want to be salt and light in our world, then the Gospels need to be our regular reading matter...

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The Church to 1550 (CH201/301)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 1 Tuesday Evening Unit

This unit provides an introductory survey of Church History, assisting you in developing a sense of history as it relates to the development of theology, doctrine and the Christian community down through the ages. In that process, you acquire a basic understanding of the Church’s development up until the sixteenth century. Key events, personalities and doctrinal formulations throughout the history of the church are studied...

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Pentateuch (OT420/620)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 1 Tuesday Evening Unit

A detailed study of the theology of the first five books of the Bible, with special attention to the theology of Deuteronomy, exegesis of the English text of Genesis 1-11 and sections of Deuteronomy. You will also develop awareness of source, form and tradition criticism and their influence in studies of the Pentateuch and begin to prepare exegesis papers.

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Hot Topics (CU01)

2016 Semester 1 Wednesday Evening Unit

This series is for all Christians who want to apply biblical wisdom as they confront life's complex isues. Topics on each of the 12 weeks include: Christians and Politics, Hope Beyond Cure, Zoe's Bill and Mental Illness.

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The Church to 1550 (CH501)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 1 Thursday Evening Unit

This unit provides an introductory survey of Church History, assisting you in developing a sense of history as it relates to the development of theology, doctrine and the Christian community down through the ages. In that process, you acquire a basic understanding of the Church’s development up until the sixteenth century. Key events, personalities and doctrinal formulations throughout the history of the church are studied...

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New Testament Greek (LA004B)

Australian College  of Theology Award Prerequisite: LA004A

2016 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

In this unit you are introduced to and given experience in reading the language in which the New Testament was written. This prepares you to read straightforward parts of the Greek New Testament for yourself, be equipped for consulting New Testament commentaries based on the Greek text and reading books which discuss or refer to Greek words and expressions. New Testament Greek is a prerequisite for study of degree New Testament units with Greek exegesis in the Bachelor of Theology and Master of Divinity.

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Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (LA001)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

A brief introduction to the fundamentals of the Hebrew language. Students will begin to develop skills in the use of Hebrew dictionaries and the Hebrew Bible.

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Pastoral Skills and Methods (PC203)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit

This unit aims to develop your understanding of the nature of pastoral care and to provide you with both skills and a better understanding of a wide range of pastoral issues, including domestic violence, depression, post-natal depression, suicide, grief and loss, and abuse.

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Early New Testament Church (NT302/NT502)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Monday Evening Unit - Northern Beaches Centre

The church is far from perfect; whether we have in mind the early church or the church today. How did the church get started? What issues did those first Christians struggle with? How did God use his people to spread the light of the gospel from its beginnings in Judea and Jerusalem to the very heart of the Roman Empire?..

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Exilic Prophecy and Wisdom Literature (OT207)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Tuesday Evening Unit

A study of selected texts from Ezekiel and Job. The purpose of this unit is to develop your skills in exegeting Old Testament texts to facilitate the effective use of the Old Testament in Christian ministry.

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Church Planting (EM226/426/626)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Wednesday Evening Unit

This unit develops a biblical framework for church planting and biblical principles which should direct the church planting process. Multiple models of and case studies of church planting will be evaluated. You will identify a set of principles to guide the church planting process and the development of a church planting strategy to fit a specific context.

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Foundational Christian Beliefs (TH305/505)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

The purpose of this unit is to give an overview the central doctrines of the Christian faith following the outline in the Creeds...

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Children’s Ministry Skills (DM222)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 Semester 2 Thursday Evening Unit

A unit of learning and practical skills related to the planning and conduct of effective children’s ministry. Areas of study include: skills and techniques for communicating with children; pastoral care of children and families; children and worship; children’s ministry teams; training children for ministry; group management of children; duty of care requirements...

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Foundational Christian Beliefs (TH305i/TH505i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2015 September Intensive Unit - in Canberra

The purpose of this unit is to give an overview of the central doctrines of the Christian faith following the outline in the Creeds.

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Knowledge of God (TH401i/TH601i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 January Intensive Unit

Can we know God? And if so, then how? Who wrote the Bible? Is it a divine book? Or a human book? How reliable and trustworthy is the Bible? Can we rely on it to tell us the truth about all things, or just some things? Does God foreknow the future? All of it, or just some of it? If everything happens according to God's will, why is there still suffering and evil in the world? What exactly does it mean to be created in God's image?...

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Chaplaincy in Educational Settings (DM414i/DM614i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 April Intensive Unit

Chaplains have played a significant role for many years in sharing and modelling the Christian faith in places of education in this country. With much recent media discussion about the role of chaplaincy, this unit will give you the opportunity to explore the practice and theology of chaplaincy...

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Fourth Gospel (English) (NT424i/NT624i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 July Intensive Unit

Ever wish you'd been there with Jesus, listening to him in action and even eavesdropping on his conversation with his Father? John was there, and left us his eyewitness record. The Gospel of John is unique: simple and accessible, but also complex and profound. Its purpose, according to its author, is ‘that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name’ (John 20:31)...

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Introduction to Preaching (PC447i/PC647i)

Australian College  of Theology Award

2016 October Intensive Unit

There are not many more important responsibilities in the life of the church than the task of preaching God's word. Whether it is speaking to children, youth, at evangelistic outreaches, or to a Sunday congregation, communicating God's timeless truth in the Bible with accuracy, pastoral warmth, and relevance is a challenging task that requires diligence, prayer, and hard work. But where do you start? What is the process of moving from the ancient text to the modern world?...

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