Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

Course CodeMA (CS)
Course TypePostgraduate Degree (coursework)
Pre-requisitesUndergraduate degree or equivalent.
DurationMinimum 2 years (Full Time), or up to 8 years (Part Time)
Credit Points64

Where can this degree take me?

Graduates of the course will normally continue in their chosen secular professions but will have the understandings and skills to integrate these with their Christian perspective and commitment.

Depending on the units taken in the course, a graduate might be expected to participate as a member of a church educational or pastoral ministry team under the leadership of a well-qualified practitioner.

“I chose the MACS because it had all the bits I needed to prepare us for working cross-culturally in a Muslim context without many subjects we didn’t need!”
Craig* is an industrial design engineer
serving overseas, with his wife, with a mission agency.

*name changed for security reasons


The Master of Arts course guides you through the classical discipline of theology in a systematic approach. It is a means of preparing you for the responsibility of communicating Christian knowledge in a powerful and coherent way.

The MA(CS) introduces graduate students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasizes application of this story to life in the world, including professional and vocational life. It is intended to enable students to apply a Christian perspective and commitment to their life in the world, including their professional and vocational life. The course will include an introduction to the research principles and methods applicable to the specialised study of Christian Studies.

The MA(CS) has also become a specialist degree of the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam, which aims to equip graduates of a non-theological degree with the understanding and skills needed to apply a Christian perspective, work ethic, leadership, and theological understanding to their professional and vocational life in an Islamic context.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the MA(CS) is normally on the basis of the applicant:

    • holding an approved three-year non- theological undergraduate degree of a recognised university, or its equivalent. Prospective students will need to present full academic transcripts to MST.
    • demonstrating English language skills appropriate to this level of study. Candidates will either have satisfactorily completed a qualification solely in English at an approved tertiary institution OR have been resident in Australia with English spoken at home and work for at least 10 years OR have achieved a minimum overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no band score lower than 7.0 in reading and writing or 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Course Structure

The minimum time for candidature in the Master of Arts (Theology) is two years. The maximum time for candidature is eight years. Candidates may study full-time or part-time. Full time students will normally take 16 credit points per semester from the scheduled subjects.

Credit points refer to the overall student effort including contact hours and time on assessment tasks. The degree requires the satisfactory completion of 64 credit points. Subjects are mostly 8 credit points each.

Learning Outcomes

  • Skills in biblical exegesis, the practice of hermeneutics or interpretation, and theological reflection in such a way as to bring their theological insights to bear upon the world they face and on their roles and occupations in it
  • Ability to integrate and synthesize insights gained from the student’s program of study with his or her vocational and/or life interests
  • Ability to investigate by means of the project the particular interface of theological study and the world of work and/or life interest of the student
  • Demonstrate knowledge and competence in their analysis of texts and ideas, undertake reading at greater depth and breadth than that expected of undergraduates, and show ability to read across viewpoints with understanding and to report these with empathy
  • Display an ability to present well-structured and coherent arguments
  • Demonstrate ability in all units undertaken to arrive at independent judgments and conclusions, and to engage in constructing their own theological world-view with attention to the deposit of faith and contemporary world-views
  • Develop a critical appreciation of the historical context of Christian thought and practice and gain a critical appreciation of relevant cultural issues from a Christian perspective

Required Subjects

These subjects make up the core component of your course.

Jesus and the Gospels Old Testament Foundations
Early New Testament Church Old Testament Prophets and Writings

Choose two of the following subjects to add to the core component of your course.

Grace and Eschatology Knowledge of God
Person and Work of Christ

Ministry Stream Electives

Choose nine of these subjects to make up the elective component of your course.

Integrative Project Spirituality for Christian Ministry
Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry Practice Cultural Anthropology for Christian Ministry
Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts Islam in the Modern World
Religions of the World in Contemporary Society Reading Arabic
Arabic Extension (Advanced)