Master of Theology

Why undertake a Master of Theology?

The Master of Theology is a coursework program designed for those who hold at least a Bachelor of Theology (or equivalent) and who wish to pursue theological studies in greater depth and with greater rigour.  It includes either a specialisation of six units in one discipline or subdiscipline, or in-depth studies of three units in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines, along with the opportunity for a focused research project.

What do I need to gain entry?

One of the following:

  • A three year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology or equivalent; or
  • An SCD Master of Arts and commit to undertaking the same specialisation that was undertaken during the MA;
  • 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?

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?

12 units (108 credit points) to be selected from 8500 and 9600 series units:


A specialisation (six units) in a discipline or subdiscipline (with at least 3 units in one subdiscipline)


In-depth studies (three units) in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines;

1 Research Methodology unit;

At least 1 Generic Research unit/ Research Project/ Capstone unit;

Not more than 10 units in one subdiscipline, including a Research Essay (but not including Research Methodology);

Not more than two units in Independent Guided Studies.

These units are broken up into four Disciplines, which are in turn broken up into Sub-Disciplines. These are:


I’ve done previous study in Theology, what should I do?

You could be eligible for credit, but this is capped at six 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 Theology, 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. The Master of Theology is an academically rigorous degree and is a pathway into Higher Degree Research programs. If this is something that you would like to consider have a chat the registrar at your chosen Teaching Body.