Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 8 locations

Study mode
Online, Multi-mode
2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*
$ Fee-Paying
Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - July



The Master of Theological Studies is a coursework degree for those seeking to develop mastery of theological knowledge and develop skills in communicating that knowledge. 

Graduates of the Master of Theological Studies will: 

  • demonstrate a critical awareness of sources for and methodological
  • approaches to a range of theological studies
  • interpret biblical texts in view of historical, cultural, literary, philosophical, and theological analyses
  • use biblical and theological resources to explain the historical origins, development, and interconnections of Christian doctrines
  • articulate implications of Christian belief for Christian practice 
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in one or more theological disciplines
  • have the opportunity to study units in philosophy that enrich theological understanding, including a specialisation in the discipline
  • undertake a research-based project

Professional experience

Professional recognition

Professional recognition may differ between dioceses. Teacher 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.

Students who wish to proceed to further study upon completion of the graduate certificate/diploma are eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies course. Teacher graduates of these two awards may be able to seek four-year trained teacher status with an employer. Applicants are advised to discuss these possibilities with their local Catholic or State Education Office.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Theological Studies, a student must complete 160 credit points (cp).

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AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies or Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies may exit with that award.

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 an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Disclamer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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 that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Those who have completed the Bachelor of Theology (Honours), Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies, or Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies will be granted advanced standing into the Master of Theological Studies.

Further study

Successful completion of the Master of Theological Studies provides entry into the Master of Theology (Research).

Additional course information

Units are delivered in one of three modes:

  • multi-mode: comprising of a face-to-face component (including by video-conference) and online study over the course of a semester;
  • attendance mode: normally delivered face-to-face in an intensive block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends, and complemented by online study; and
  • fully online.          


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

Overseas study available

A diverse range of international study tours is offered, (e.g. Rome, Asia, and Israel and the Middle East.) 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 ->


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$ 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.



"Theology at ACU appealed because it covered such a broad range of challenging and thought-provoking topics. It also offered the opportunity of a four-week study tour to religious sites in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. Distance learning offered me the flexibility I needed to continue my education while working, and gave me the opportunity to learn from experts all over Australia. The lecturers were hugely supportive, and I felt very much a part of the ACU community.” 

Theological studies student

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