Master of Theological Studies

Updates to Courses

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.


    A coursework Masters degree at AQF level 9 for professional practice and/or further study and scholarship, the Master of Theological Studies is designed to bring the development of ACT graduate attributes to an advanced level.

    Its purpose is:

  • 1) To provide students who are already graduates with the opportunity to undertake study in the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in the fields of:
    • Bible & Languages (LA, OT, NT, BB)
    • Christian Thought & History (TH, CH, PE)


  • 2) through elective units:
    • Further develop understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History; and/or
    • Develop particular ministry skills in the three areas of the field of Ministry & Practice (EM, PC, DM)
    • The course will include an introduction to the research principles and methods applicable to the specialised study of the theological disciplines.

    Course Abbreviation MTS20
    AQF Level Level 9 Master Degree [Coursework]
    Course Length 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent (up to 8 years)
    Award Requirements 192 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 Requirements Non-theological bachelor level degree or equivalent from an Australian university or other approved higher education provider.
    NESB Requirements IELTS 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.