Master of Arts (Theology)

The Master of Arts (Theology) is designed for graduates of non-theological undergraduate courses as well as those engaged in Christian service who require professional, theoretical and practical development in theological and/or biblical studies.

Analytical and critical skills are developed through analysis of selected biblical texts applying advanced exegetical skills through advanced understanding of elective subjects such as Biblical Hebrew or New Testament Greek. Analytical and critical skills are rigorously applied to theological studies engaging with historical developments leading to the current articulation of Christian thought.Ā 

The course addresses current biblical and theological issues within the Australian Christian church and wider community. Consequently, students will critically engage with diverse theological expressions and biblical perspectives in order to academically and practically contribute to the current Christian understanding as well as enhance their appreciation of their own specific theological and biblical heritage.

The Research Methodology and Research Project builds the coursework in order to develop high level skills that will be employed in the writing of a significant research essay addressing an historical or current biblical or theological issue. The skills gained may be effectively applied in further advanced research based studies or applied to the studentā€™s on-going professional theological articulation.

The course compliments evangelical requirements for formal or ordained ministry and other expressions of Christian leadership within the context of a local church, para-church or not for profit organisation as well as other vocational settings.

On successful completion of the course, graduates will have attained the necessary high level knowledge and skills to engage in further advanced theological and biblical studies studies appropriate to Christian service in teaching, Christian writing or other expressions of post-graduate academic scholarship.

Degree students delve into systematic Christian studies as well as diversified reading, procedurally focusing on varying areas of ministry. Students learn to use sound principles of biblical interpretation and to apply biblical principles to specific areas of ministry (e.g. pastoral care, preaching, teaching and leadership), and gain practical experience through a field education placement.

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One year full-time or part-time equivalent

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Study with a specialisation in Theology or Bible or without a specialisation

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12 subjects

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Comprehensive course

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Available online or in-class or virtual

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FEE-HELP eligible

Modes of Delivery

Onsite, virtual or online

Entry Requirements
  • An AQF level 7 award or its equivalent English qualification.
  • An AQF level 8 award with credit transfer based on the ACCS Credit Transfer Policy.
  • Professional entry is available for those who do not hold an undergraduate award but have a minimum of five-years senior pastor or other leadership role in any professionĀ  or possess a minimum of eight-years relevant work experience as an associate pastor, or in a range of leadership roles from assistant leader to senior team leader or possess a minimum of ten-years relevant work experience in an associate leader role and be over the age of 30.
Course Load

The course is based on three trimester, each of thirteen weeks duration with four subjects offered in each trimester for students studying full time or part time equivalent.

Suggested Subject Progression

 

Sample Course Content: Bible Specialisation

TrimesterĀ  One

TB8101 Old Testament Introduction

TB8104 Biblical Interpretation: Theory and Practice

TS8102 Introduction to Christian Theology

TB8208 Luke And Acts

Trimester Two

TB 8102 New Testament Introduction

TS8208 Jesus Christ: His Person and Work

TB8312 New Testament Greek 1 or TB8313 Biblical Hebrew 1

TB9500 Research Methodology

TrimesterĀ  Three

TB9308 The Pauline LiteratureĀ 

TB8312 New Testament Greek 2 or TB8313Ā  Biblical Hebrew 2

TS8308 Christian Worldview

TB9501 Research Essay

Electives

TB8202Ā  Old Testament Wisdom Books

TB9205 Romans

TB9305 Exploration of Bible Lands-Old Testament

TB9306 Exploration of Bible Lands-New Testament

TB9307 Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament

TB9321 New Testament Greek Exegesis

TB9322 Biblical Hebrew Exegesis

TB9502 Research Essay (12 credit points. See Pathways)

TS8209 The Nature and Mission of the Church

XX8400 Independent Guided Study

XX9400 Independent Guided Study

TB8310 Special Biblical Studies Elective

TB9310 Special Biblical Studies Elective

Sample Course Content: Theology Specialisation

TrimesterĀ  One

TB8101 Old Testament Introduction

TB8104 Biblical Interpretation: Theory and Practice

TS8102 Introduction to Christian Theology

TS8209 The Nature and Mission of the Church

Trimester Two

TS9304 Contemporary Trinitarian Theology

TS8208 Jesus Christ: His Person and Work

TS8205 Apologetics

TS9500 Research Methodology

Trimester Three

TS8308 Christian Worldview

TS9210 Contemporary Theological Issues

TB9308 The Pauline LiteratureĀ 

TS9501 Research ProjectĀ 

Electives

TS8206 The Kingdom of God

TS9303 History of Christian Thought

TB8208 Luke And Acts

TB9305 Exploration of Bible Lands-Old Testament

TB9306 Exploration of Bible Lands-New Testament

TB9307 Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament

TB9312New Testament Greek 1/2

TB9313 Biblical Hebrew 1/2

TS8310 Special Theological Studies Elective

TS9310 Special Theology Elective

XX8400 Independent Guided Study

XX9400 Independent Guided Study

TS9502 Research Paper (12 credit points. See Pathways)

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