Master of Religious Education

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
Online, Multi-mode
1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$13825 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


This course is designed to meet the needs of those with a special interest in religious education at the school, parish, or diocesan level. The Master of Religious Education aims to provide opportunities for professionals to explore values, attitudes, knowledge and skills in religious education as they pursue advanced study and apply new learning with confidence. You will analyse the challenges and changing demands of religious education in the context of social justice, religious pluralism, and equity and ethics, preparing you for transforming and improving practice.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition may differ between dioceses. 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.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • education and teaching
  • education research
  • education administration
  • policy making
  • curriculum development

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Religious Education, a student must complete 120 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

RE unit 1

RE unit 2

RE unit 3

Elective 1

Year 1 Semester 2

EDCP600 Interpreting Literature and Data

RE unit 4

Elective 2

RE unit

or Elective

Year 2 Semester 1

EDCP601 Capstone

Elective 3

Elective 4

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

  1. A student who has completed 40cp from the schedule of unit offerings may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Religious Education.
  2. A student who has completed 80cp from the schedule of unit offerings may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Religious Education.

Additional course information


Students who have completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education or Graduate Diploma in Religious Education may exit with that award.

Overseas study available

A diverse range of international study tours are offered. Overseas study tours often provide 20 credit points (with units delivered in intensive mode). Study tours, while providing an overseas experience, also give fully online students an opportunity to complement their study with invaluable face-to-face interaction with academics and peers.

Explore the available study abroad opportunities

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor degree in Education; or
  2. Bachelor degree in an area other than Education; and
  3. a recognised teaching qualification; or
  4. a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or equivalent.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

English language requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements Overall score: 7.0

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Individual score of 6.0 in all tests

Pearson Test of English (PTE) 68 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills

Test of English as a Foreign Language – Academic (TOEFL) Internet based total of 100: minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 20 in reading and 19 in listening

ACU English Language Test A (75-100%)

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) Overall CAE 185. Minimum individual score of 169 in all tests.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$13825 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.


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