Master of Theology

CRICOS 063709G

About this course

The Master of Theological Studies (MThSt) is an AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) award. The course is designed for those who hold a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies 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.

The Master of Theological Studies is not offered to international students.

Australia Student Visa holders are required to study full-time (at least two-thirds face-to-face) and can study at
Australian College of Christian Studies
Perth (Perth Bible College) and Sydney Catholic Institute

An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Theology must hold 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) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

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 advanced knowledge and skills in relation to theology and its related disciplines, enabling them to undertake research and/or to engage in professional practice, and/or to continue life-long learning.



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 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;
  • 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 SCD 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.


A domestic 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 part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester. SCD offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering SCD 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]