Graduate Diploma of Theology

School of Philosophy & Theology, Fremantle Campus

The Graduate Diploma of Theology provides a detailed overview of Christianity through the study of scripture, church history, biblical studies and morality. The program consists of eight courses and can be completed in one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time. The course is available at our Fremantle Campus or online using Notre Dame’s e-learning portal.

  • Why study this degree?

    Theology has always held a central place in the life and mission of the Christian community. It is through Theology that the Church comes to understand its own faith and explains that faith to others. This highly focussed program therefore appeals to students who wish to pursue a career in church ministry, counselling, teaching in a Catholic school or pastoral care.

    The Graduate Diploma of Theology is designed for those with no previous background in theological studies, who wish to update their knowledge, are preparing for or involved in pastoral ministry, or wish to pursue such studies for reasons of personal and spiritual growth. Since 2017, this program has been available as a fully online blended learning program for domestic and international students, with all eight courses available via the University’s Blackboard e-learning portal.

  • Program summary

    Sample Courses:

    Courses available in Theology cover five discipline areas:

    • Scripture
    • Church History
    • Systematic Theology
    • Moral Theology
    • Pastoral Theology

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

  • Entry requirements

    The program is open to applicants who have a recognised Bachelor's degree in any discipline.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • More information

    For more information on the Graduate Diploma of Theology, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on

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