Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

Please note that the Australian College of Theology (ACT) has completed a curriculum redesign for 2020 courses. As a result, the courses, course structures, coding system and credit point values have changed. These changes are reflected in the details below. For an overview of the changes please view the details on the ACT website at: For any questions related to ACT courses, please contact our Academic Registrar.

The Master of Arts (Christian Studies) gives students from a non-theological background the opportunity integrate theological study with their life in the world, including professional and vocational life. This award provides students with a robust foundation in the disciplines of Biblical and Systematic theology with the opportunity to apply this to their life and ministry via integration projects.


  • Introduces graduate students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasises application of this story to life in the world, including professional and vocational life. It is intended to enable students to apply a Christian perspective and commitment to their life in the world, including their professional and vocational life. The course will include an introduction to the research principles and methods applicable to the specialised study of Christian Studies.
  • The course will be based on the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in two main fields:
    • Biblical Studies (OT, NT, BB)
    • Christian Thought & History (TH, CH, PE)
  • It will also provide an approach to synthesising this understanding with particular occupational and/or life interested in integrated studies.
  • Through elective units students can:
    • Develop understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History
    • Develop particular practical ministry skills in the three areas of the field of Ministry & Practice (EM, PC, DM)
AQF LEVELLevel 9 Master Degree
COURSE LENGTH2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (up to 8 years)
AWARD REQUIREMENTS192 credit points, all at Level 7 and above, including no more than 60 credit points at level 7, and including at least 36 credit points at level 9
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTSNon-theological bachelor level degree or equivalent from an Australian university or other approved higher education provider.
NESB REQUIREMENTSIELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years English in country experience

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology. For more information about this course, view the complete course outline on the ACT website or contact our friendly Academic Registrar.