Choosing your course

PTC has many course options, and it can be bewildering to know what the best path is. The below might help you. PTC staff will also be only too happy to discuss your options with you.

Desired outcome

Students undertake formal, theological study for many reasons, some for personal growth, others for particular ministry outcomes. PTC offers programmes that can enable you:

  • to have a deeper understanding of Scripture

  • to determine what your ministry might be

  • to enhance your role as an elder or other church leader

  • to enter into the ordained ministry (pastor)

  • to be a missionary

  • to take up chaplaincy (defence force, hospital, schools, police, sports, community group)

  • to be a counsellor

  • to build on previous study

  • to enhance current ministry

  • to be a theological educator

PTC is pleased to have graduates working in all of the ministries mentioned above, many here in Australia and also overseas.

Whatever your reason for studying, we do ask that you enter into your studies prayerfully and intentionally. Theological studies can be demanding, so be clear on what you are trying to accomplish.

Programme level

Select the level of study that suits you. Your prior educational experience can often help determine which level of study you should undertake.

  • Audit: especially appropriate for personal growth and to lessen your financial outlay

  • PTC internal awards

  • Certificate (‘short courses’): especially useful for those who want to put a ‘toe in the water’ and see if formal study is right for them

  • Undergraduate awards: appropriate for those aiming for some form of ministry and who do not have a prior non-theological Bachelor’s degree

  • Postgraduate degrees (coursework): appropriate for those aiming for some form of ministry and who have a prior non-theological Bachelor’s degree

  • Postgraduate degrees (research): for those aiming to be theological educators, and who have performed well in their coursework theological degree/s.

Time commitment

Knowing how much time you have available during a typical week and how long you want to be studying overall will be a good indicator of what award will best suit you.

Asking how much time a typical unit requires is a bit like asking how long a piece of string is – there is always more studying, more research, more thinking that can be done. Still, a typical ACT degree level unit is designed to require 150 hours across one semester. As part of the 150 hours, the lectures for one unit are usually offered in 3-hour blocks per week, and the rest of the time is for you to complete the learning tasks and to undertake your own reading and reflection.

That averages out to a unit needing about a full day’s commitment per week across the semester. From that, you can calculate how many units you think you can do in one semester, and how long you will be able to make that commitment for – one semester only, one year, three years…

A full-time load is usually 4 units per semester. That would allow for a degree certificate to be completed in one semester, a diploma in one year, and a bachelor or masters in 3 years. All awards can be studied part-time too. A degree-level certificate, for example, can be done at the rate of just 1 unit per semester, and so would be finished in 2 years (4 semesters). See the course descriptions for more information about course lengths.


The cost of theological education is a serious consideration. There may be avenues of assistance open to you. Please see the financial information page.
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