Master of Theology

CRICOS 063709G

About this course

The Master of Theological Studies (MTh) is an AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) award. The course is designed for those who hold a Graduate Certificate in Theology and who wish to pursue a further qualification in the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology as part of their continuing education for ministry.

Australia Student Visa holders are required to study full-time (at least two-thirds face-to-face).

Course Details

Admission to the Master of Theology requires:

  • Satisfactory completion of a three-year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology.


English Proficiency

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 7.0 with no subtest below 7.0.

The MTh requires the completion of 108 credit points, including either a discipline or subdiscipline specialisation of 54 credit points (6 units); OR at least 27 credit points (3 units) in two disciplines or subdisciplines.


Graduates will have

  • A deep and integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, with a solid grasp of recent developments in those subdisciplines and areas of practice;
  • an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to theological investigation and practice.



Graduates will have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills specifically in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise 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;
  • apply specialised and creative skills for Christian living and ministry;
  • 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

Graduates will have the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner or learner in relation to one or more theological disciplines, with a view to the building up of the church and the good of the wider community;
  • plan and execute a substantial research-based project, and/or piece of independent study in an area of theology.

A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Master of Theology.


Credit can only be granted for Bible and Theology units at the graduate level, that are from an equivalent award or institution, and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Sydney College of Divinity award.

The Master of Theology 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.


In 2024 PlanetShakers College is not currently accepting students into this award at the Melbourne campus located at 129 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC, 3006.  Please contact the SCD Academic Registrar for other location options ([email protected]).


A student at Sydney College of Divinity is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or the equivalent in a trimester. Sydney College of Divinity offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering Sydney College of Divinity awards, whilst enrolled with one college.


International students

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]