Australian College of Theology

Master of Divinity

Course code:MDiv
Type:Graduate Degree
Subjects:24
Length:Min 3 years, up to 9 years part time.
Pre-requisites:Bachelor degree in any field.

Introduction

The Master of Divinity is designed to provide graduates in theology the opportunity to undertake study at a masters level by coursework, thus consolidating and enhancing their areas of specialization enabling them to proceed to new areas of professional and expertise.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor Degree in a non-theological discipline.

English Language: IELTS score of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in reading and writing, along with a minimum of 6.5 in listening and speaking.

Course Structure

The Master of Divinity comprises 24 subjects in total. It can be studied from a minimum of 3 years full-time, and up to 9 years part-time.

Each MDiv Student is required to undertake a Project that is an in depth research essay of 8000 words focused in the area of the student’s major.

Students should also expect 3 hours of class time and a further 6 – 8 hours on assessment requirements each week for every 4 cp subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to successfully negotiate the content and demands of a number of units in a specialised field of study in which theological insights are brought to bear upon the graduates’ ministry context
  • Demonstration of knowledge and competence of skills in the analysis of texts and ideas, and issues
  • Demonstration of wide reading, intellectual independence, critical thinking and analytic rigour at early postgraduate level such that the potential for research at masters level is emerging

Practical Ministry Experience

Students are required to undertake one of the following:

• Field Education unit (4cps credit taken over consecutive 1 or 2 semesters)
• Practical Ministry placement (not for credit)

Subject Options

For current information about your subject options, click on the following link:

Required Subjects

Jesus and the Gospels Early New Testament ChurchNew Testament Greek A & B, or, Biblical Hebrew A & B
Old Testament FoundationsOld Testament Prophets and WritingsPrinciples of Hermeneutics
The Church to 1550The Church from 1550 to Modern TimesPatterns of Spiritual Formation
The Knowledge of GodThe Doctrine of God and Work of ChristThe Doctrines of Grace & Eschatology
The Church, Sacraments, & MinistryResearch Project

Advanced Subjects (Choose 4)

Luke and Historical Jesus StudiesFourth Gospel (John)Pauline Theology and Romans
Corinthians and EphesiansGeneral Epistles: James and PeterThe Epistle to the Hebrews
PentateuchFormer ProphetsPsalms
IsaiahJeremiahWisdom Literature

Ministry Stream Electives (Choose 4)

TEACHING
Languages
• Intermediate Greek

Philosophy & Ethics
• Introduction to Christian Ethics
• Philosophy Essentials for Christian Thinkers
• Christian Apologetics
• Christian Critical Thinking
LEADERSHIP
• Christian Worship
• Congregational or Pastoral Care Field Education
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Introduction to Preaching
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Principles of Evangelism
• Principles of Leadership & Management
SPIRITUAL FORMATION
• Christian Worship
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Faith & the Arts
• Patterns of Spiritual Formation
PASTORAL CARE & CHAPLAINCY
• Chaplaincy Skills
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Practical Ministry Field Education
INTER-CULTURAL
Cross-Cultural Missions
• Aid & Development
• Biblical Theology of Mission
• Contemporary Theology of Mission
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Cultural Anthropology
• Living Faiths
• Principles of Evangelism

Islamic Studies
• Christian Apologetics to Islam
• Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Mohammad: A Christian Perspective
• The Qur’an: A Christian Perspective
• The Hadith: A Christian Perspective

About this Degree

The Master of Divinity is a comprehensive theological degree that will provide you a thorough understanding and theological depth for pastoral leadership and or Bible teaching ministry. It will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to translate the Bible from its original language, complimented with a wide range of practical ministry electives.

What options do I have after this course?

Become a pastor, teacher or minister with responsibility for preaching, providing leadership, taking part in wider debates in the Church and engaging with wider debates with the Church.

Become a teacher of diploma-level units in your specialisation in a school or Bible college