Master of Professional Studies in Theology

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

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  • Duration:

    1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian Catholic University

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  • Career Outcomes:

    Education Support Worker | Education Officer | Religious Leader | Theology Researcher | Mentor | View All

Course Rundown

Start a meaningful new career as a religious leader and educator with this practical Master of Professional Studies in Theology course from Australian Catholic University.

Designed for students seeking to enhance their leadership capacity in an educational or church setting, this course will deepen your understanding of Christian theology and help you develop advanced skills, knowledge and engagement with the discipline of theology.

Catholic organisations have identified a need for professionals to better understand and promote the mission, identity, and ethos of the Catholic Church. This course has been uniquely designed to address this need, ensuring your study is relevant and effective. While this qualification is not a teaching degree, it will equip you with the skills, insights and leadership abilities help you support and shape a new generation of faithful.

In this course, you’ll choose from a diverse range of subjects to shape your learning, including contemporary Christian practice, early Christianity, liturgy, Christian thought, ancient languages, ethics or philosophy. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge, with study tours available for students of this course.

If you’re passionate about working with youth and new learners, this course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and insights required to be an effective leader and create real change.


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

  • Have a minimum of one year’s professional experience in the Catholic sector; AND
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree; OR
  • Hold any one of the Graduate Certificate in Catholic Studies, Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture, Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies, Graduate Certificate in Religious Education, or Postgraduate Certificate in Education or equivalent.

What You’ll Learn

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

Core subjects:

  • Biblical studies
  • Introducing the scripture
  • Foundations of Christian faith
  • Introducing theology

Elective subjects:

  • Ethics in a faith-based context
  • A synoptic gospel
  • Celebrating feasts and seasons
  • Foundations in liturgy
  • Liturgical music
  • Sacraments of initiation
  • Jesus the Christ
  • The early Christian world
  • Introducing church life
  • Theology elective
  • The problem of evil
  • 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
  • Foundations of social justice
  • Issues in Christian ethics
  • Spirituality in the Christian tradition
  • Celebrating liturgy today: Exploring the ritual enactment of faith
  • Catholic sexual ethics
  • Theology, social justice and mission
  • 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
  • Special studies in Theology B
  • Enhancing Catholic identity: Introducing the Leuven project
  • Recontextualisation: The challenge for authentic transformation
  • Charism and spirituality of a religious congregation: Handing on the tradition
  • Catholic leadership and culture study tour
  • Theology study tour
  • Living Catholic social teaching in Asia study tour

Research subjects:

  • Introduction to philosophical and theological research
  • Theology project C

Why study with Australian Catholic University?

Since opening their doors in January of 1991, the Australian Catholic University (ACU) has been educating students in a range of fields; from arts and humanities to health, education, leadership, social work, theology and more.

When you sign up to a course at ACU, you’re not just another number, they see each student as a whole, offering you an educational experience that’ll empower you and prepare you for success.

Student Support

Whether you choose to study online or at one of ACU’s many upbeat campuses, you’re sure to receive the support you need to succeed and thrive with your studies.

Students of ACU can access their Academic Skills Unit, which will help build your skills around exam prep, offer study tips, writing tips and more. Access online resources, participate in workshops, ask questions via their ‘Ask an Adviser’ online services, book a consult, or simply drop-in.

Their team of staff and researchers are all about offering students an education with greater purpose – empowering students to achieve goals and accomplish something great!

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 Professional Studies in Theology course from Australian Catholic University.

This qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to build a rewarding career educating, mentoring and supporting others in an education or religious setting. While this qualification is not a teaching qualification, it will equip you with the skills, confidence and abilities to effectively lead, teach and mentor people in a theological setting.

The advanced skills in research, evaluation, communication and analysis you will develop during this course may incline you to further post-graduate study, or assist you in effectively working to develop social and theological policy and programs.

Curious about where a career in education 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.

FEE-HELPYou 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider 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.