MST Course Outline

Master of Divinity

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


In this award, you will be guided through Scripture and the classical discipline of theology in a systematic approach as a means of further preparing you for the responsibility of communicating Christian knowledge in a powerful and coherent way.

Past graduates have gone on to become leaders and pastors who can powerfully preach the Word of God, provide apologetic responses for the Christian community and beyond, and teach the depth of Scripture and Christian tradition with relevance.

You will gain the confidence and biblical grounding needed to faithfully serve the Lord. Our past graduates have had opportunities opened to them in the fields of Christian leadership, academia, mission and the professional world.

You will be equipped with

  • Knowledge and skills to interpret and carefully analyse the Bible, with a comprehensive knowledge of its original context, themes and ideas.
  • Understanding of the historical conditions under which theological world-views have developed and are being shaped today.

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.

Required Subjects

Jesus and the GospelsEarly 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 TimesThe Knowledge of God
Doctrine of God & Work of ChristGrace & EschatologyChurch, Sacraments & Ministry
Patterns of Spiritual FormationResearch Project

Advanced Subjects (Choose 4)

Luke & Historical Jesus Studies Fourth Gospel (John) Pauline Theology & Romans
Corinthians & Ephesians General Epistles: James & Peter The Epistle to the Hebrews
PentateuchFormer ProphetsIsaiah
JeremiahPsalmsWisdom Literature

Ministry Stream Electives (Choose 4)

New Testament
• Luke & Historical Jesus Studies
• Fourth Gospel (John)
• Pauline Theology & Romans
• Corinthians & Ephesians
• General Epistles: James & Peter
• The Epistle to the Hebrews

Old Testament
• Pentateuch
• Former Prophets
• Isaiah
• Jeremiah
• Psalms
• Wisdom Literature

• Biblical Hebrew
• Intermediate Greek

Philosophy & Ethics
• Introduction to Christian Ethics
• Philosophy for the Christian Thinker
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
• Christian worship
• Congregational or Pastoral Care Field Education
• Disability & Normality
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Introduction to Preaching
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Principles of Evangelism
• Principles of Leadership & Management
• Chaplaincy in Education Settings
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Christian Worship
• Patterns of Spiritual Formation
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Spirituality & the Arts

Entry Requirements

    Year 12 with ATAR of at least 75
    Mature age entry for students over 21 years
    International English Language Testing Service of 7.0 overall, 7.0 for reading and writing and 7.0 in listening and speaking for Non English Speaking Background students.

Where this degree may take you

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

“I chose the Master of Divinity at Melbourne School of Theology because I wanted to be well equipped to preach and teach God’s Word.”
Pastor Richard Cathie

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.