Master of Theological Studies

A coursework Masters degree at AQF level 9 for professional practice and/or further study and scholarship, the Master of Theological Studies is designed to bring the development of ACT graduate attributes to an advanced level.


  • To provide students who are already graduates with the opportunity to undertake study in the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in the fields of:
    • Bible & Languages (LA, OT, NT, BB)
    • Christian Thought & History (TH, CH, PE)
  • through elective units:
    • Further develop understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History; and/or
    • Develop particular ministry skills in the three areas of the field of Ministry & Practice (EM, PC, DM)

The course will include an introduction to the research principles and methods applicable to the specialised study of the theological disciplines.


Primary Course Discipline

16 x 12cp units,
at Level 7 and above,
no more than 60cps at Level 7,
including at least 36cps at Level 9

Primary Course Discipline

24cps from the following units:

  • OT001-12 Old Testament Foundations
  • OT002-712 Old Testament Prophets and Writings
  • NT001-712 Jesus and the Gospels
  • NT002-712 The Early New Testament Church

12cps from CH / TH / PE units at level 7 or above

  • CH001-712 Christianity in History to 1550
  • CH002-712 Christianity in History from 1550
  • PE010-712 Christian Worldview
  • PE004-712 Christian Ethics
  • TH101-812 The Knowledge and Doctrine of God
  • TH102-812 Creation and the fall, the Person and Work of Christ
  • TH003-812 The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology
  • TH004-812 Church, Sacraments and Ministry


At least 156cps elective units from any unit field, which includes at least one of the following:

  • 12 cps Level 9 Project (**200-912); or
  • 24 cps Level 9 Project (**200-924); or
  • 36 cps Level 9 Project (**200-936); or
  • a 12cps masters capstone experience unit (**205-912); or
  • a 12cps advanced independent reading unit (**201-912).

Remaining elective credit points to be selected from any field

  • PE010-712 Christian Worldview
  • PE004-712 Christian Ethics
  • PC064-712 Christian Spirituality
  • PC114-706 Christian Leadership (6cps)
  • PC113-706 Christian Disciple-Making (6cps)
  • PC109-706 Engaging in Word Based Ministries (6cps)
  • PC003-812 Pastoral Skills and Methods
  • EM059-712 Mission Leadership Foundations
  • EM024-712 Principles of Evangelism
  • EM202-712 Evangelism & Missiology in Context (Thailand Mission Trip)
  • EM064-706 Ministry Foundations (6cps)
  • DM010-712 Youth Ministry
  •  PC071-812 Missional Leadership in the 21st Century
  • EM023-812 Missional Spirituality

EM044-812 Missional Hermeneutics

EM045-812 Cultural Exegesis


Academic Qualifications

  • Completed 3 year bachelor degree or equivalent

Language Qualifications for NESB

  • IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.