Master of Arts (Theology)

Course CodeMA (Th)
Course TypePostgraduate Degree (coursework)
Pre-requisitesACT Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology or equivalent.
DurationMinimum 2 years (Full Time), or up to 6 years (Part Time)
Credit Points64

Introduction

The Master of Arts (Theology) is designed to provide graduates in theology with the opportunity to undertake study at a masters level. This is achieved through coursework, thus consolidating and enhancing their areas of specialization enabling them to proceed to new areas of professional and vocational expertise.

The Master of Arts (Theology) articulates to the MTh, DMin, PhD or ThD for students with a satisfactory GPA. The Master of Arts (Theology) is an award of the Australian College of Theology.

Entry Requirements

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

    • holding an ACT Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology or the equivalent.
    • 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 six 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

  • 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

Where can this degree take me?

Enhance your ministry as 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 degree or diploma-level units in your specialisation in a school or Bible college.

Required Subjects

Choose four of these subjects to make up the core component of your course.

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY
Reading & Believing: Hermeneutics & Genesis 1-3 A Ministry in Crisis: Studies in 2 Corinthians
Pastoral Leadership in Times of Conflict: Studies in 1, 2, 3 John Narrative & the Theology of the Gospel of Luke
The Book of Revelation and Pastoral Issues Today

Ministry Stream Electives

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

BIBLE AND THEOLOGY INTERCULTURAL STUDIES PASTORAL AND LEADERSHIP STUDIES
Reading & Believing: Hermeneutics & Genesis 1-3 Contextualization of Theology and Ministry Practice Spirituality for Christian Ministry
A Ministry in Crisis: Studies in 2 Corinthians Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts
Pastoral Leadership in Times of Conflict: Studies in 1, 2, 3 John Cultural Anthropology for Christian Ministry
Narrative & the Theology of the Gospel of Luke Islam in Southeast Asia
The Book of Revelation and Pastoral Issues Today Poverty, Aid, Justice and Development
Religions of the World in Contemporary society Qur’anic and Post-Qur’anic Interpretation of Biblical Themes
Islamic History and Institutions
Perspectives on Islamic Feminism
Reading Arabic