Postgraduate Studies

Melbourne School of Theology is proud to offer a range of Postgraduate level courses. These provide students with the opportunity to pursue in depth a topic of interest or of relevance to their ministry preparation and to develop research and reporting skills at an advanced level.

If you are a church leader or involved in mission work, you will understand how difficult it can be to keep up-to-date with the needs of those you are discipling in our ever-changing world. MST Postgraduate provides you with the tools to help navigate your way through some of the issues and concerns the church is faced with in the 21st Century. Whether it is researching the cultural isolation of women in predominantly Islamic nations, or investigating the impact of liturgy and sacraments on church attendance in the modern age, there are a range of study options available to you as a student at a postgraduate level.

In addition to the support and advice of a supervisor, you will also receive helpful feedback and encouragement from other postgraduate students at monthly seminars which seek to share research insights and foster a strong sense of community among students.

The following courses are available at MA and PhD levels in both coursework and research-based projects:

Coursework Courses

Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

This course is designed to enable graduate students to apply a Christian perspective and commitment to their life in the world, including professional and vocational life. It will also introduce you to the research principles and methods applicable to the specialized study of Christian Studies.

Master of Missional Leadership

This course is aimed at broadening and deepening Missional Leadership ministry concepts and practice. It will also provide you with opportunities for continuing professional and vocational development in missional leadership. It is a course of study for ministry practitioners who already have some professional experience or for initial professional development. The course is an introduction to action learning principles applied in the context of the practitioner.

Master of Arts (Ministry)

This course is designed to broaden and deepen ministry concepts studied in the areas of Ministry or Theology. Alternatively, it will provide opportunities for initial professional and vocational development after the completion of a first degree in Ministry or Theology. It is intended for practitioners who already have some professional experience or for initial professional development. The course will include an introduction to the research principles and methods applicable to the specialized study of Ministry.

Master of Arts (Theology)

This course is designed to provide graduates in Theology or Ministry the opportunity to undertake study at coursework Masters level, thus consolidating and enhancing the areas of speciality, or proceeding to new areas of professional and vocational expertise. The course will include an introduction to the research principles and methods applicable to the specialized study of Theology.

Research Courses

Master of Theology (MTh)

This course is for graduate students who have demonstrated the capacity for research at this level in their previous studies. The MTh degree requires candidates to satisfactorily complete a substantial piece of research focusing on a specialised topic within a unit field.

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

This course is designed to enable men and women to produce significant and original research outcomes and as beginning researchers demonstrate the capacity to design, implement, gather and interpret data, and communicate the results of the research for theses undertaken in specific fields of knowledge applied to various areas of professional ministry.

Doctor of Theology (ThD)

This course is designed to equip men and women as beginning researchers in the traditional fields of theology and provide a qualification recognised by theological and Bible colleges as well as universities for those who teach in these fields.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The course is designed to allow candidates whose academic background is in fields other than traditionally related to theology to pursue research in their primary field of research and integrate their research with knowledge from various Christian traditional theological disciplines.

The Postgraduate Department is overseen by Dr Doug McComiskey and Dr Tom Kimber.

For more information about Postgraduate studies at Melbourne School of Theology, please contact us.