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Master of Divinity

The MDiv (Master of Divinity), conferred by the Australian College of Theology, makes the content of the BTh course available at Masters level for people who already have a degree in another field.

The aim of the degree is to guide graduate students in a systematic manner to the acquisition of the body of coherent knowledge that is the classical discipline of theology as a means not only of preparing men and women for the responsibility of communicating Christian knowledge but also for advanced degrees in theology and ministry.

Course Content

96 credit points over 3 years full time or part-time equivalent at 500-600 level:

  • 8 cps Language (LA003A and LA003B; or LA004A and LA004B)
  • 8 cps Old Testament core (OT501 and OT502)
  • 8 cps New Testament core (NT501 and NT502)
  • 4 cps Church History core (from CH501 – CH505)
  • 4 cps additional Church History. Students who took CH505 must complete either CH502 or an advanced level CH unit.
  • 16 cps of Biblical exegesis units (with a minimum of 4 cps from OT and 4 cps from NT, and including a minimum of 8 cps in original language)
  • 16 cps in Theology, Church History, or Philosophy and Ethics, including at least 12 cps in Theology at 600 level
  • 8 cps in Ministry and Practice (EM, PC, DM)
  • 24 cps in electives, including a maximum of 12 cps in Type B electives

As part of the above, all students must complete an 8 cps or 16 cps project or a capstone experience unit (see registrar for details).

Regulations

  • Students may not enrol in more than 20 cps per semester,
  • Advanced (600) level units may be taken only when the pre-requisite units have been completed or co-requisite units are taken concurrently,
  • At least 25% (24 cps) of the Master of Divinity must include foundational units (500 level) and at least 56 cps must be advanced (600+ level) or Language (LA***) units.

Modes of Study

Each semester the RTC will offer a range of units that are taught on campus, online, or through a combination of both. Master of Divinity students may complete the requirements for their award through any combination of these.

Learn more about our flexible study options.

Entrance Requirements

The ACT will consider an applicant for admission to the Master of Divinity if the applicant:

  1.  has graduated with or qualified for [at least] a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in a non-theological discipline from an Australian university or other approved higher education provider; or
  2.  has successfully completed study deemed equivalent to (1).

In addition, consideration will also be given to other factors such as maturity and motivation, and the likelihood of satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the course.

Fees and fee assistance

A schedule of fees can be found here.

Online Application