Master of Arts
Why undertake a Master of Arts?
The Master of Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline who 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.
What do I need to gain entry?
One of the following:
- A three-year AQF level 7 award (usually a bachelor degree) in the discipline of Theology or Ministry (you will need to undertake 12 units of study); OR
- An AQF level 8 award (usually a Graduate Certificate) in the discipline of Theology or Ministry (you will need to undertake 8 units of study); AND
- Meet the English Language requirements for entry to the course. If your previous studies were undertaken in another language you’ll need to complete an IELTS test and have a result of 7.0 with no score less than 7.0 in all bands of the test.
How long will I be studying for?
If you entered with and AQF level 8 award in the discipline of Theology or Ministry you will study for 1 year full time or up to 3 years part time. The maximum time allowed is 3 years.
If you entered with an AQF level 7 award in the discipline of Theology or Ministry you will study for 1.5 years full time or up to 4.5 years part time. The maximum time allowed is 4.5 years.
Full time is usually three or four units per semester, part time is one or two.
How much will it cost?
- The fees per unit and indicative annual fees differ between Teaching Bodies. There is a chart of indicative costs here, but please contact the registrar at the appropriate Teaching Body for further information;
- FEE-HELP is available, make sure that you read and understand the information on FEE-HELP here and make sure that you include on your application that you would like to use FEE-HELP.
How will I attend lectures?
Online, face-to-face or a combination of both. This differs depending on the Teaching Body that you decide to study with. Contact the registrar of the applicable Teaching Body for further information.
How do I enrol?
You can access the application form from the website of the Teaching Body with which you would like to study, or contact their registrar to have a chat about the course. You will need to provide some supporting documentation including certified copies (signed by a JP or other authorised person) of:
- 100 points of ID (usually a passport/birth certificate and driver’s licence);
- Transcripts from previous study;
- Change of name documentation and/or the results of an IELTS test if relevant.
The registrar at the Teaching Body you are submitting your application to will let you know if there is anything else that you need to provide.
What do I have to do to make sure I complete my course successfully?
- If you entered with an AQF level 7 award, 12 units (108 credit points) to be selected from 8500 and 9600 series units – These units can be selected from any discipline, or a specialisation may be obtained by undertaking six or more units in one discipline as long as at least two of those units are at the 9600 level
- If you entered with an AQF level 8 award, 8 units (72 credit points) to be selected from 8500 and 9600 series units – These units can be selected from any discipline, or a specialisation may be obtained by undertaking six or more units in one discipline as long as at least two of those units are at the 9600 level;
- 1 Research Methodology unit;
- At least 1 Generic Research unit/ Research Project/ Capstone unit.
SCD units are broken up into four Disciplines, which are in turn broken up into Sub-Disciplines. These are:
It is not essential to complete any particular combination of these disciplines unless you are required to do so for professional reasons (for example, if you are undertaking the Master of Arts for accreditation to teach in Catholic Schools, the Catholic Education office in your diocese may insist that you complete certain units as part of your studies). This is not decided by the SCD, and you should refer to your employer for advice in this matter.
I’ve done previous study in Theology, what should I do?
You could be eligible for credit, but this is capped at four units depending on the study you’ve completed. Have a chat to the registrar at your chosen Teaching Body about applying for this.
I want to complete more study after my Master of Arts, what should I do?
This depends on where you want to go in your career, and what your grades have been like throughout your studies. After completion of the Master of Arts it is possible to enter a Master of Theology and from there a Doctoral program.
I’ve think I’ve completed my studies, am I eligible to graduate?
*Please note that a focus on Pastoral Counselling or Clinical Practice in your degree does not accredit you to be a counsellor. It is designed to give you extra skills in Christian/Pastoral Counselling which will enhance previous or future qualifications in Counselling.