Undergraduate Study

Students seeking a role with SIL International would normally complete the Diploma of Ministry (P2) (CRICOS code 054659K). This course is accredited by the Australian College of Theology (ACT) and delivered through our partner college the Melbourne School of Theology (MST) who is an affiliated college of the ACT (CRICOS Provider Code: 02650E). Alternatively, single units may be taken concurrently within the course structure of undergraduate degrees offered by MST such as the Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology which are courses accredited with the ACT.
These studies aim to equip people to assist a language project team in communities whose language is unwritten. Because language planning and development work is complex and requires good understanding, skills and abilities across multiple disciplines the course includes subjects such as phonological and grammatical analysis, sociolinguistics, translation, semantics and literacy. After completing the introductory units in a summer semester and Semester 1, students typically choose to specialise in translation and linguistics or literacy education in Semester 2. Because graduates are expected to be involved in training others as a member of a team the aspect of training is also an emphasis of the course.

The unit Linguistics and Language Learning is taught at SILA’s Launch course (January – mid-February) and it or its equivalent is a prerequisite for many of the undergraduate units.

Entry Requirements

Enrolment for this course is through MST. To be eligible for entry into a course at undergraduate level you must have:

  • Year 12 with ATAR of at least 65.
  • Mature age entry for students over 21 years.
  • International English Language Testing Service of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in each subtest for Non English Speaking Background students.


Enrolment in the ACT is through Melbourne School of Theology. Click on our Apply Now button to apply.

SILA partnering with MST, an affiliated college of the ACT (CRICOS Provider code: 02650E)