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Master of Theological Studies

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    Online
    On Campus
    Blended

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates

  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University (RTO 3578)

  • Location:

    NSW|VIC|QLD|SA|ACT

  • Career Outcomes:

    Theologist | Youth Worker | Social Justice Researcher | Public Policy Researcher | View all

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About this course

Deepen your understanding of Christian theology and develop advanced skills in theological analysis with this Master of Theological Studies from Australian Catholic University.

Designed for students with no academic background in theological study seeking to advance a thought-leading theological path, this qualification provides the foundation skills and knowledge required to deeply understand and interpret theological texts and traditions, and offers broad scope for advanced study in a range of different theological areas.

Choose from a diverse range of subjects to shape your learning, including a specialisation in either contemporary Christian practice, early Christianity, Christian thought, liturgy, ethics or philosophy. You'll also have access to a broad range of elective units to deepen your theological understanding, including Biblical languages, the Biblical world, ministry, and mission in modern context. You'll develop advanced skills in interpretation, evaluation, communication and analysis, and learn how to interrogate and apply biblical teachings and philosophies in a modern context.

With curriculum grounded in the historical, cultural, literary, philosophical context of theology, this course will equip you with the skills, capacity and insights for a meaningful academic or professional career in advanced theological study.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline.

Areas of study

In this theology course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Biblical studies
  • Foundations of Christian faith

Project subjects:

  • Philosophy project A
  • Philosophy project B
  • Theology project A
  • Theology project B
  • Theology project C

Biblical and early Christian studies specialisation subjects:

  • Truth and interpretation
  • A synoptic gospel
  • Biblical studies
  • Bible lands study tour
  • Literature of the Hebrew Bible
  • New Testament Christology
  • Pauline literature
  • The gospel of John: Theology and spirituality
  • Gospels of the liturgical year
  • The early Christian world
  • Biblical Hebrew A
  • Biblical Hebrew B
  • Latin A
  • Latin B
  • Medieval Latin
  • New Testament Greek A
  • New Testament Greek B
  • Special studies in theology A
  • Theology project A
  • Theology project B
  • Theology project C
  • Special studies in theology B

Christian practice specialisation subjects:

  • Effective ministry: Communication and processes in groups
  • Exploring parish culture
  • Canon law and the church's liturgical life
  • Mission in context
  • Mission imperative: Engaging with Christian mission
  • Advanced preaching
  • Exercising leadership in ministry
  • Foundations of social justice
  • Issues in Christian ethics
  • The church reaching out
  • Supervision as ministry
  • Spirituality in the Christian traditions
  • Celebrating liturgy today: Exploring the ritual enactment of faith
  • Catholic sexual ethics
  • Theology, social justice and mission
  • Special studies in theology A
  • Theology project A
  • Theology project B
  • Theology project C
  • Special studies in theology B

Christian thought specialisation subjects:

  • The problem of evil
  • Truth and interpretation
  • Foundations of Christian faith
  • Jesus the Christ
  • The early Christian world
  • Sacraments of initiation
  • Creation, grace and salvation
  • Fundamentals in theology
  • Sacraments and sacramentality
  • Becoming church today: Identity and mission
  • Liturgical theology
  • Theology of marriage and holy orders
  • A theology of intimacy: Human flourishing and the tenderness of God
  • Special studies in theology A
  • Theology project A
  • Theology project B
  • Theology project C
  • Special studies in theology B

Liturgy specialisation subjects:

  • Celebrating feasts and seasons
  • Foundations in liturgy
  • Liturgical music
  • Celebrating liturgy today: Exploring the ritual enactment of faith
  • Sacraments of initiation
  • Sacraments and sacramentality
  • Liturgical theory
  • Theology of marriage and holy orders
  • Special studies in theology A
  • Theology project A
  • Theology project B
  • Theology project C
  • Special studies in theology B

Philosophy specialisation subjects:

  • Ethics in a faith-based context
  • Introducing philosophy for theology
  • Special studies in philosophy
  • Philosophy project A
  • Philosophy project B
  • God, the universe and everything
  • The problem of evil
  • Truth and interpretation (hermeneutics)

Elective subjects:

  • Latin A
  • Latin B
  • Medieval Latin
  • Theology elective
  • Charism and spirituality of a religious congregation
  • Introduction to theological and philosophical research
  • Theology study tour
  • Introducing religions of the world
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Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online, or online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Master of Theological Studies from Australian Catholic University.

This qualification will equip you with the advanced skills, knowledge and experience required to pursue specialised research or theological practise. You'll build advanced skills in research, analysis, evaluation and communication, and may choose to apply these skills to areas of specialised theological or social research. You may also choose to take your advanced theological knowledge to a career as a parish leader or religious counsellor or educator.

Professional recognition of this qualification may differ between dioceses. Religious teacher applicants are advised to contact the Catholic or State Education Office in the area in which they teach to ascertain the status of the course.

Curious about where a career in arts could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Australian Catholic University offers flexible payment methods for students. You may choose to pay course fees upfront, on a payment plan, or through a FEE-HELP loan for eligible candidates.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline.

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