Diploma of Biblical Theology (DBT)

Full-time: 1 year | Online | Part-time study available

CRICOS Code: 00682B   AQF Level: 5

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The DBT is Moore College’s first fully accredited online course for laypeople.

Via its highly interactive teaching tools and digital learning community, the course breaks the boundaries of geography for the many laypeople and teachers who have ministry responsibility – particularly in remote, foreign or regional locations – and those who are travelling for missionary work abroad.


Where this diploma might take you

The DipBT will help with training and equipping:

  • Laypeople who have ministry responsibility and help run churches and missions, particularly in remote, foreign or regional locations, and those travelling for missionary work abroad.
  • Teachers, Bible studies facilitators, those working on Christian missions both in Australia and abroad.
  • General laypeople seeking to deepen their understanding of God’s promises in the Bible and those who wish to build an accredited pathway towards further formal theological training for ministry.
  • Laypeople for volunteer work in their local churches and communities, including Bible Study Leaders, Sunday School Teachers, Youth Group Leaders and Lay Preachers.

Graduates with the Diploma of Biblical Theology may be eligible to proceed to the College’s Advanced Diploma of Bible, Mission and Ministry program.

Course Structure

Core Units

BSD01 Biblical Theology BSD02 Reading the Gospel of Mark CTD01 Church History 1

Available Electives

BSD03 The Twelve Prophets CTD02 The Written Word of God The Letters of Paul
The Cross of Christ

Planned Electives

Engaging With Islam Discipleship

Admission Requirements

Applicant Background

  • Recent Secondary Education (within the past two years). The normal minimum academic requirement for admission includes an Australian Higher School Certificate or equivalent qualification. The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) is not used for admission.
  • Work and Life Experience. Enquiries are welcome from Australian residents as mature age students may qualify by an entrance exam.
  • VET Study. Vocational education and training study (VET) is an eligible qualification for admission.
  • Higher Education. An undergraduate degree in any field from an Australian university or equivalent is an eligible qualification for admission.

English Language Proficiency

For those without an academic qualification in English, a certified copy of an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in all categories of the academic test. TOEFL scores are also accepted. For more information on IELTS tests please visit https://www.ielts.org/


How to Apply

Applications for study should be sent directly to Moore College.
See Undergraduate Admissions Process for details and contact information.
Admission Process

Credit Transfer

No credit transfer is granted from other courses towards the DBT. This is due to the integrated nature of the course and because it is only one year’s duration (equivalent).
Admission Process

Student Profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new Diploma of Biblical Theology students at Moore College. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study in 2018.


Student Profile – 2018 New Student Cohort (Diploma of Biblical Theology)

Applicant background

Semester 1 intake 2018

Number of students

Percentage of all new students

A. Past higher education study



B. Past vocational education and training study



C. Recent secondary education



D. Life experience (mature age provisions)



International students



All students



For issues of privacy, the following notes apply.

Notes:  L/N – Low numbers: the number of students is less than 5

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation.


Further Information

Further information is available in the Undergraduate section of our study site.

Courses you might be interested in

Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC)

1.5 years – each level (part-time)  | Online

Bachelor of Theology (BTh)

Full-time: 3 years  | First year available part-time

Bachelor of Divinity (BD)

Full-time: 4 years  | First year available part-time

Advanced Diploma of Bible, Mission and Ministry

Full-time: 1 year  | Part-time study available

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