Australian College of Theology

Bachelor of Theology

Course code:BTh
Type:Undergraduate Degree
Length:Min 3 years, up to 9 years part time.
Pre-requisites:Year 12 - ATAR above 65
Mature age entry available


Our Bachelor of Theology degree will lay a strong foundation for any pastoral or teaching ministry, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to confidently interpret the Scriptures, engage thoughtfully with the challenges of faith and life, and interact with a range of ethical, theological and practical issues facing the church. This foundation is built on Christ and an in-depth understanding of the traditional Christian beliefs, doctrines, and interpretation of Scripture.

Entry Requirements

Year 12 with ATAR of at least 65

Mature age entry for students over 21 years

International English Language Testing Service of 6.5 overall with 6.5 in each subtest for Non English Speaking Background students

Course Structure

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

Learning Outcomes

Skills and knowledge to accurately and faithfully interpret the Bible.

A strong working knowledge of the Bible’s original authors, historical context, major themes, and theological developments.

An understanding of the impact of the early church and reformation on the Church of today.

A deep knowledge of the major theological tenets of the Christian faith.

The ability to lead, or pioneer, a Church or mission work.

Subject Options

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

Required Subjects

Old Testament FoundationsOld Testament Prophets and WritingsJesus and the Gospels
Early New Testament ChurchNew Testament Greek A & B, or, Biblical Hebrew A & BPrinciples of Hermeneutics
Christianity in History to 1550Christianity in History from 1550Patterns of Spiritual Formation
The Knowledge of GodThe Doctrine of God and Work of ChristThe Doctrines of Grace & Eschatology
The Church, Sacraments, & Ministry

Advanced Subjects (Choose 5)

Luke & Historical Jesus 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 6)

• Intermediate Greek

Philosophy & Ethics
• Introduction to Christian Ethics
• Philosophy Essentials for Christian Thinkers
• Christian Apologetics
• Christian Critical Thinking
• Christian Worship
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Faith & the Arts
• Patterns of Spiritual Formation
• 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
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
• Chaplaincy Skills
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Practical Ministry Field Education

“I chose the Bachelor of Theology because I wanted to have a firm grasp of the biblical languages and the rigorous training MST provides, so I could rightly handle the Word of God.”
Alex Marriott
Eltham Baptist Church

About this Degree

This degree provides thorough understanding of the Bible in theological depth, along with the skills and knowledge to translate the Bible from its original language.

Ministry Streams

What options do I have after this course?

Become a pastor, teacher or minister with responsibility for preaching and/or teaching, providing leadership in various ministry contexts.

Become a leader of staff in cross-cultural ministry, whether in Australia or internationally.

Become a Bible translator in Australia or internationally.