Master of Theology

Summary information

Course title

Master of Theology






  • Australian Lutheran College
  • Catherine Booth College
  • Catholic Theological College
  • Morling College
  • Pilgrim Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union

Overseas students


AQF level

Level 9 – Masters Degree

Study mode

  • On campus

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


The standard full-time duration of the Master of Theology is eighteen months. The Master of Theology must be completed in not less than one year and not more than four years from the date on which the course is commenced.

Cost of study

Fees for the MTheol are charged per semester. In 2018 the total cost of an MTheol of standard duration (three semesters full-time or six semesters part-time) is $16,788. The actual total cost of the course may vary as fees change each year, and if the period of enrolment exceeds the standard duration.

Detailed information

What is this course about

The Master of Theology is a higher degree by research. The purpose of the Master of Theology is to qualify individuals who apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts for research and scholarship, and as a pathway for possible further study.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Theology:

  1. have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a field of study within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines;
  2. have an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field in which the research has been carried out;
  3. have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and its application
  4. have cognitive skills to investigate, analyse, and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories, including the management of significant amounts of information, effective use and differentiation of primary and secondary resources, and identification and application of appropriate research resources such as computer programs, libraries, the internet, archives, databases or interviews
  5. have communication and technical skills to present a coherent and sustained argument, and to disseminate research results to specialist and non-specialists audiences
  6. have communication and technical skills to design, implement, evaluate, analyse, theorise and disseminate research that makes a contribution to knowledge within divinity or one or more of its associated disciplines
  7. have sufficient psychological strength to work with a high degree of independence on a research project and to engage strategies to cope with the stress accompanying such a project and its necessary deadlines
  8. have the capacity to balance independent initiative and response to constructive criticism, and to learn from others.
  9. apply knowledge and skills with initiative and creativity in new situations or in further learning
  10. apply knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
  11. apply knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial piece of research
  12. apply explicit and implicit ethical considerations to the formulation of a research project
  13. apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  14. apply knowledge and skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level

Follow on study

Graduates may be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Theology.


Admission dates

Domestic students: Applications for admission to commence in second semester 2017 close on 15 April 2017 and applications for admission to commence in first semester 2018 close on 15 November 2017.

Overseas students: Applications for admission to commence in first semester 2018 close on 15 April 2017 and applications for admission to commence in second semester 2018 close on 15 November 2017.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for admission an applicant must satisfy the Research Committee that he or she has completed one of the following awards at the University of Divinity to the specified standard, or an equivalent award in divinity or its associated disciplines at another higher education provider recognised by the Academic Board to an equivalent standard:

a)   a Masters by coursework with a 75% average; or

b)   a Graduate Diploma with a 75% average; or

c)    a four year undergraduate degree with Honours with a 75% average.

An applicant must also satisfy the Research Committee that he or she has completed a research essay or thesis of at least 12,000 words graded at or above 75%. The research essay or thesis may have been completed either within one of the awards listed above or as part of another program of study.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

There are two streams in the Master of Theology. All candidates must attend a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars each year at the University and either a University Research Day or a research conference each year.

The MTheol by major thesis requires submission for examination of a thesis of 40,000 words.

The MTheol by minor thesis requires completion of two postgraduate coursework units and submission for examination of a thesis of 25,000 words.

A thesis submitted for the MTheol is examined by two examiners external to the University of Divinity.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Masters gown


Black trencher


Dark Pink


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