Biblical counsellor

PTC is at the forefront in Australia in biblical counselling and has graduates currently working as counsellors. Competency to counsel is also integral to various other ministries, including ordained pastoral ministry and chaplaincy. Our main counselling lecturer is the Executive Director of Biblical Counselling Australia.

We offer fully online programs and a counselling focus can be taken within most of our courses. Courses range from a half year to three years duration.


Chaplaincy is a growing field of ministry, with positions available to men and women in a variety of areas. While the PTC doesn’t offer specific degrees in chaplaincy, we provide training pathways within existing degree structures to equip you with the qualifications you need.


  • Clinical Pastoral Education

  • Chaplaincy in Educational Settings


Bachelor of Ministry

Jacqui came to PTC as a part-time student, while also juggling the responsibilities of having young children. She has faithfully continued in her studies, always striving to learn more so she can better serve others in her work as a chaplain. She has served as a chaplain in the health care system, and has since moved into counselling.

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Ordained minister

We have been training men for ordained ministry since our foundation in 1866. We offer a four-year programme that integrates academic study, preaching classes, church placements, and pastoral training. Graduates of the ordination track have served in various denominations, and we can partner with your local church to help you to meet your denomination’s requirements. Victorian candidates for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church are required to study at PTC, and almost always receive a full-time placement into congregational ministry at the conclusion of their studies. The ordination track can also be adjusted to enable ministers of other denominations to transfer into the PCA. 


Both streams fit within our integrated ordination training programme. Click ‘learn more’ to see the programme for Presbyterian ordination candidates. Speak to the Academic Dean to see how this can be tailored to your situation.


Master of Divinity/Graduate Diploma of Divinity

Daniel was an accountant for a sports insurance company, however after undertaking a ministry apprenticeship decided to pursue ordination as a minister in the Presbyterian Church. Following four years of training at the PTC, he is now the minister at Williamstown Presbyterian Church. 

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PTC has prepared people for overseas mission and under the supervision of Felix Chung has delivered specialised units in intercultural studies. Please speak to the Academic Dean to see what might be suitable for you.



Bachelor of Ministry

Joy has served in various missionary roles, starting in youth ministry here in Melbourne before completing a Ministry Internship in Fiji. She then served in India at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Returning to Melbourne, she worked with the Deakin Christian Union through AFES, and now serves alongside her husband at Chalmers Presbyterian Church.

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Theological knowledge

A deeper knowledge of God and His Word is of benefit to people from all walks of life, both for personal development and to better serve others in ministry. We offer courses from the introductory to advanced level, providing opportunities for everybody who wants to study theology.


Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Ministry

Andrew was studying to become an accountant when he felt he needed to undertake theological study. Andrew commenced study at PTC and pressed on to the BTh/BMin. He is now the minister at Flemington Presbyterian Church.

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Women’s ministry

We are passionate about equipping women with theological education and ministry training, to prepare them for service in their churches and wider community. Our degrees in ministry teach ministry skills, built upon a strong academic foundation of theological study. Limited scholarships are available.

Teaching theology

PTC offers higher degrees by research, which are primarily for those aspiring to be teachers in universities and theological colleges in Australia and overseas.



Master of Divinity, PhD candidate

Ben was a high school Latin teacher prior to his pursuit of theological study at the PTC. He is a member of faculty teaching Greek and New Testament classes, and is also working towards his PhD. Ben attends Point Cook Presbyterian Church with his family, and is an assessor elder for the South Yarra congregation.

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