Master of Arts
The Master of Arts (MA) is an AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) award. It is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline and wish to pursue a further qualification in theology as part of their continuing education for ministry. The award provides a study of theological and related disciplines through a structure of specialisations and sub-specialisations. There are two categories for study and entry into the MA depending on the qualification held by the student
Candidates holding an AQF Level 8 award in Theology or Ministry
Credit points : 72 credit points (i.e. 8 units)
Duration : 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time
Candidates with an AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry
Credit points : 108 credit points (i.e. 12 units)
Duration : 1.5 years full-time or 4.5 years part-time
The MA may be taken with or without a specialisation.
The MA has nested within it the Graduate Certificate in Arts and the Graduate Diploma of Arts:
- GradCertArts requires 36 credit points
- GradDipArts requires 72 credit points
1.5 years full-time or 4.5 years part-time
Applicants for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Arts will be classified into one of two categories:
- those who have completed an AQF Level 8 award in the discipline of Theology or Ministry (Category 1), or
- those who have completed an AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry from an accredited Australian tertiary institution, or hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award (Category 2)
Applicants in Category 1 will be required to complete 72 credit points (8 units).
Applicants in Category 2 will be required to complete 108 credit points (12 units).
Applicants who hold a Vocational Graduate Diploma (VET accredited) or a hold a Vocational Graduate Certificate (VET accredited) may be granted provisional admission into Category 2.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for a degree of Master by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.
In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Master if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.
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 Sydney College of Divinity 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.
The Master of Arts degree requires candidates to complete credit points as follows:
- Those in Category 1 are required to complete 72 credit points in units whose content is not similar to those covered in their previous studies;
- Those in Category 2 are required to complete 108 credit points in units whose content is not similar to those covered in their previous studies.
The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.
A specialisation in the MA (1.5 years) comprises 54 credit points in a discipline or sub-discipline with at least two 9600-series units. .
A specialisation in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.
A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.
For a specialisation in the MA (1 year), the Graduate Certificate entry award units could be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.
All course units shall be taken from 8500 and 9600 series units in the Schedule of Units of Study.
The course shall include at least one Generic Research unit
– a Research Essay (18 credit points – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) and / or
– a Research Project with a professional focus (9 or if 18 credit points – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) and / or
– a Capstone unit as found in the Schedule of Units of Study.
Each student enrolled in a Research Project or Research Essay must complete a 8500-series Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) which can be completed before or concurrently with the Research Project or Essay.
A candidate may take a maximum of 36 credit points in units listed as Generic (Research) units in the Schedule of Units of Study with a maximum of 18 credit points in Independent Guided Study units, 18 credit points in Research Project units, and 18 credit points as a Research Essay. Students who transfer from the MA to either the MDiv or the MTh cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.
A candidate whose admission or provisional admission has been granted on the basis of a Vocational Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate must complete the unit A8501 Critical Thinking and Writing during the first enrolment period.
Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level.
The sub-disciplines and corresponding specialisations and sub-specialisations are:
|Biblical Studies||Biblical Studies (B)||Biblical Studies|
|Christian Life & Ministry||Christian Spirituality (S)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Christian Ethics (E)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Worship & Liturgy
Christian Life & Ministry [Discipline]
|Humanities in Christian Tradition||Church History (H)
Theological Education (D)
Humanities in Christian Tradition [Discipline] (specialisations and sub- specialisations not to include A units)
Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a theologically-related area, as they acquire:
- an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, including recent developments in the theological disciplines and/or their practice
- understanding of research principles and methods applicable to these theological disciplines and their practice
- expert, specialized cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
- analyse critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with a theologically-related body of knowledge
- research and apply established theories to a theologically-related body of knowledge or practice
- interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to a theologically-related body of knowledge
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
the ability to
- apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner and/or learner in relation to the inter-dependent building up of the church and good of the wider community.
- plan and execute a research-based project, and/or piece of scholarship in an area of theology.
A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Master of Arts (1.5 years) and 36 credit points in the Master of Arts (1 year). Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the Sydney College of Divinity award.
- Graduate Certificate in Arts (36 credit points);
- Graduate Diploma of Arts (72 credit points);
- Master of Arts (108 credit points)
A completed Master of Arts that was entered via a professional entry Graduate Certificate is not a pathway to the Master of Theology.
The Master of Arts is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.
A domestic student at Sydney College of Divinity 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.
International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of 4 units (36 credit points) per semester, including a minimum of one unit per semester in face-to-face mode, and at least two-thirds of the total units in face-to-face mode. If you are planning to enrol as an international student, you have the responsibility to ensure that you comply with your visa conditions at all times. Learn more about your responsibilities, rights and what studying in Australia can offer you. Not all our teaching institutions offer study programs for international students. Check out the locations and courses offered to international students, and for more information email us at [email protected]