The Graduate Certificate in Arts degree is a 4 unit (i.e 6 months) postgraduate award. It is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in Orthodox theological studies to enhance their professional work or ministry. Upon successful completion of this Grad Cert, students may enter and have their 4 units counted towards the Graduate Diploma or Master of Arts degrees.
Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts)
Award Summary: AQF Level 8
- A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.
- 36 credit points (i.e. 4 units)
Applicants who have obtained qualifications from institutions where English is not the language of instruction require a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 with no result below 7.0. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.
See our Tuition Fees.
Students must be enrolled in order to undertake a unit of study. Applications for admission should be made by contacting the registrar.
The Graduate Certificate in Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, Graduates will have:
- Advanced knowledge or practice in one or more theologically related area.
- A thorough knowledge of theology generally that will form the basis for independent further learning.
- Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:
- review, and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with a theologically-related body of knowledge
- Critically think and evaluate complex ideas.
- transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to a variety of audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
- the ability to
- make high level, independent judgments related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and / or ministry.
Admission to Candidature
- Applicants for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Certificate in Arts shall:
- have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
- hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.
- Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for a degree of Graduate Certificate in Arts by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Administration Committee may determine.
- In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Graduate Certificate in Arts if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Administration Committee.
- A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.
- No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.
- Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.
- Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Arts program is made to the Registrar of the St. Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College.
- The Graduate Certificate in Arts requires the completion of 4 units (36 units).
- All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study from 8500 and 9600 series.
- The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the GradCertArts comprises 18 credit points in a sub-discipline.
Please consult the registrar for more information.
Period of Candidature
- The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year full-time and up to 1.5 years part-time.
- In certain circumstances the Student Administration Committee of the SCD may grant extensions.
Leave of Absence
- The Student Administration Committee of the SCD, at the recommendation of St. Cyril’s may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Arts. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.
- The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.
- The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board of the SCD in line with its established guidelines for assessment packages.
- Students may be required by the Academic Board of the SCD to present themselves for oral examination.
- Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalized severely in accordance with the regulations of the SCD.
Credit for Previous Study
- A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Arts.
- Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Graduate Certificate in Arts.
Delivery of Units
- Units are delivered in weekly lectures on campus.
- Units are also offered via distance education (inline) mode. Some units may require a compulsory on-campus component.
The requirements of specific units in majors and sub-majors can also be fulfilled if a student undertakes an equivalent unit at another member institution of the SCD or at a university or recognised tertiary institution after consultation with the Registrar and subject to Faculty approval.
Students enrolled in the GradCertArts may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts
provided they have met the requirements of the award.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity
The following is a sample course program for a part-time student (4 units). Also note our unit offerings vary year by year.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|T8501 - Introducing Theology||B8530 - Introduction to the New Testament|
|H8510 - The Early Church||P8501 - Introduction to Pastoral and Practical Theology|