Australian College of Theology

Master of Theological Studies

Course code:MTS
Type:Graduate Degree
Units:Up to 16 including a Research Project
Length:Min 2 years, up to 8 years part time.
Pre-requisites:Bachelor degree in any field.


Our Master of Theological Studies will equip you to mine the depths of Scripture and apply theological wisdom to today’s world at a first-rate level. Melbourne School of Theology offers a wide variety units from which you may choose across all the theological disciplines for completing the Master of Theological studies: Biblical Studies, Christian Theology, Church History, Practical, Pastoral and Missional Theology. Our learned faculty are here to help.

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 Theological Studies comprises up to 16 units in total. It can be studied from a minimum of 2 years full-time, and up to 8 years part-time.

The MTS incorporates Research Methods and then a Research Project that is an in depth research essay of approx. 8000 words focused in the area of the student’s major.

Students should also expect approx. 10 hours of coursework and assessment preparation each week for every 12 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

Unit Options

Core Bible Units (choose at least 2)

Jesus and the Gospels Early New Testament Church
Old Testament FoundationsOld Testament Prophets and Writings

Christian Thought (choose at least 1)

The History of Christianity to 1550The History of Christianity from 1550
Philosophy EssentialsChristian Ethics
Christian ApologeticsGlobal Theologies

Electives (choose up to 11)

Principles of Hermeneutics
• Intermediate Greek

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


Research Methods
Research Project

About this Degree

The Master of Theological Studies is a new two year Masters courses at MST for 2020. It provides students with a comprehensive theological degree that will provide you a thorough understanding and theological depth for pastoral leadership, cross-cultural work, workplace ministry, and or teaching ministry.

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