Master of Theological Studies

Summary information

Course title

Master of Theological Studies






  • Australian Lutheran College
  • Catholic Theological College
  • Pilgrim Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union

Overseas students


AQF level

Level 9 – Masters Degree

Study mode

  • Some units online
  • On campus

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


The standard full-time duration of the MTS is two years. The MTS must be completed in not less than three semesters and not more than five years.

Cost of study

The MTS requires completion of 10 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 Theological Studies is an advanced degree in theology for students with an undergraduate degree in theology or ministry.  The degree has a high degree of flexibility, allowing students to develop breadth in several areas or depth in one or two areas.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Theological Studies are able to demonstrate:

  1. a critical awareness of issues pertaining to the study of theology as an academic discipline;
  2. highly developed skills in exegesis, historical and theological methodologies;
  3. an advanced ability to apply skills gained and concepts explored in the academic study of theology to one or more practical settings, and to engage in critical reflection on experience that in turn influences the development of skills and the expression of concepts;
  4. 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;
  5. the development of skills relevant to tertiary study in the humanities more generally, including the capacity to undertake research; to read, think, and critically interpret; to write coherently, with the ability to develop an argument drawing on a range of appropriate resources; to work cooperatively as part of a group; and to present information orally;
  6. skilled use of electronic databases, journals and other scholarly literature;
  7. 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 to a specified standard may be eligible for admission to higher degrees 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 the Bachelor of Theology or the Bachelor of Ministry or the Master of Divinity, or an equivalent qualification.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Master of Theological Studies consists of 150 points comprised of:
a) up to 30 points of Foundational units in any discipline
b) a Capstone unit worth at least 15 points or a 12,000 word Research Essay
c) sufficient Elective units to make up a total of 150 points.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Masters gown


Black trencher


Dark Pink with a white border


Enquiry information