Master of Theology

The Master of Theology (MTh) is designed to prepare graduates for ministry and leadership within church, academic and community settings.

This course is overseen by Program Director Dr Caroline Batchelder.

Course Description

An AC Master of Theology (MTh) gives you the skills you need to engage in research and the critical exploration of contemporary issues. This is your opportunity to train as a professionally competent scholar, leader or manager in a wide range of careers. You will gain an advanced knowledge of theological studies, including a working knowledge of recent developments and approaches in the area of your specialisation. 

While developing specialised skills in fields such as Theology, Biblical Studies, and Ministry, you will be trained to communicate complex ideas and propose solutions to a wide audience, as well as design and write an advanced research thesis. You can also choose from a selection of electives, which range from Ancient Languages to Marketing, to add to your learning experience. 


MTh

Course Structure

The course consists of 120 credit points, comprising:

  • one research methods unit: 20 credit points (Core);
  • two 20 credit point subjects, at 600 level, to be taken from the area of specialisation (Major);
  • 20 credit points, at 500 level or above (Elective);
  • one 40 credit point research project (20,000 words) in area of discipline (Core).

To qualify for award of the degree of Master of Theology a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 120 credit points.

For more information see the Student Handbook.

Subjects

SPECIALISATION (2 SUBJECTS)

BIBLICAL STUDIES:

  • BIB601 Methods in Biblical Studies
  • BIB602 Seminar Presentation of Research in Biblical Studies

CHRISTIAN HISTORY

  • HIS601 Theory and Practice in Christian History 
  • One of the following: HIS602 Producing Christian History or HIS603 Pentecostalism in Australasia

MINISTRY

  • MIN601 Theory and Practice in Ministry
  • MIN602 Seminar Presentation of Ministry Research

THEOLOGY

  • THE601 Theologians: Method and Meaning
  • THE602 Seminar Presentation of Theological Research

ELECTIVE(S) (20 CREDIT POINTS)

An elective may be any subject that is 500 level or above. Electives are often used to develop skills needed for the final research thesis (e.g., language) or to explore areas related to the final thesis. Electives may also be a 20cp subject within a major other than the chosen major. Electives should be discussed with the MTh Program director.

  • Option A:  2x 500 level subject – 10CP     
  • Option B:  1x 600 level subject (from specialisations above) – 20CP

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Admissions

Academic

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with recent high school education only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

This course of study requires the completion of a higher education qualification by an authorised institution. Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification only are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree (or higher) in ministry or theology by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants who have not completed formal higher education study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.               

Language

Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 (with no score below 6.5 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.


Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-face, online
Locations: Sydney, Melbourne
Duration: 1.5 years full-time/up to 7 years part-time
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

Course Outcomes

Knowledge:

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • advanced and integrated understanding of theological studies specific to their discipline;
  • have an understanding of general research principles and methods, and advanced knowledge of specific research approaches used in the selected disciplinary field.

Skills:

Graduates will:
  • critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the selected disciplinary field;
  • ability to lead advanced discussion and analysis of contemporaneous topics, issues and challenges impacting on Christian ministry and the Pentecostal community, and create solutions to these challenges. This includes the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new and diverse contexts;
  • communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences.

Application of Knowledge and Skills:

Graduates will:

  • articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the selected disciplinary field to develop appropriate solutions;
  • design and implement a major research project

Alumni Stories

“There is such wisdom and insight coming from the experienced teachers.  Everything lines up with the gospels and everything comes back to scripture.  You are able to put everything you study into practice in your ministry wherever you are, whether you are in the community or in a church environment.”

Samantha Mincher,

Master of Theology Graduate

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Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in ministry or church-based organisations (e.g. senior pastor of a church); become part of the next generation of leaders of not-for-profit organisations; take up leadership or management positions in schools (e.g. vice-principal), or various management positions in for-profit businesses.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

Course Code

CRICOS Course Code:  080052C