Master of Divinity

Summary information

Course title

Master of Divinity






  • Stirling Theological College
  • Trinity College Theological School
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union

Overseas students


AQF level

Level 9 – Masters Degree

Study mode

  • Online only
  • Some units online
  • On campus

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


Three years full-time or up to nine years part-time.

Cost of study

The MDiv requires completion of 18 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2017 are $2286 per unit or $13716 for a full-time year (6 units).

Detailed information

What is this course about

The Master of Divinity is a primary theological degree for students with a degree in another area.  It enables students to lay sound foundations in the key theological disciplines of Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History and Christian Life and Ministry, and requires in-depth study in at least one of these areas.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Divinity are able to demonstrate:

  1. mastery of a systematic and coherent body of knowledge in the discipline of theology, including the extended understanding of recent developments in the discipline of theology and professional ministry practice [which may also involve extending knowledge and skills already gained in an undergraduate program or relevant prior work];
  2. creativity and initiative in integrating knowledge and skills in the various disciplines of theology, and apply them to new situations in professional ministry and/or further learning;
  3. the ability to communicate key ideas and apply problem-solving techniques at an advanced level appropriate to the relevant discipline;
  4. the ability to review, consolidate, extend and apply the knowledge and techniques learnt, including interpersonal and cooperative skills appropriate to a professional ministry context and/or further study or collaborative learning;
  5. skilled use of electronic databases, journals and other scholarly literature;
  6. the ability to plan and execute a substantial research essay, theological synthesis, or supervised ministry project.

Follow on study

Graduates who have completed a 12,000 word Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.


Admission dates

Admissions for first semester 2017 close on Friday 17 February 2017.
Admissions for second semester 2017 close on Friday 21 July 2017.

Eligibility requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree or of a Graduate Certificate in Theology.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Master of Divinity consists of 270 points comprised of:

a) 105 points of Foundational units comprised of: 30 points in a single Biblical Language, 30 points in Field B, 30 points in Field C, 15 points in Field D

b) up to a further 15 points of Foundational study in any discipline; and

c) not less than 105 points and not more than 150 points of Elective units, including: 15 points in Field B, 15 points in Field C, 15 points in Field D

d) either a 12,000 word Research Essay or a Capstone unit worth at least 15 points.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Masters gown


Black trencher




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