Master of Theological Studies [MTS]

CRICOS code: 096386E (Accredited through UD)


The Master of Theological Studies enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge in theology and its associated disciplines. Students broaden their knowledge and skills and deepen their engagement with select areas of study to prepare them for professional practice and further learning.

Enquiries regarding admission—please contact the ALC Dean, Dr Stephen Haar (

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Theological Studies:

  • have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in theology and its related disciplines
  • have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to theology and its related disciplines
  • have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with awareness of implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  • articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in theology and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience, or piece of scholarship.

Course structure

The Master of Theological Studies consists of 288 points comprised of:

  • 72 points of Foundational units in three disciplines from at least two fields
  • 120 points of postgraduate Elective units
  • either one Capstone unit of at least 24 points or RQ9748M Minor Thesis
  • further units at postgraduate level.

Units available for this award:

Additional units available 

  • RQ9748M Minor Thesis (48 points)

Consult with your course advisor regarding the possibility of enrolment in supervised reading units to pursue your particular interest or specialisation, or cross-institutional study opportunities with other Colleges of the University.

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree.

Where the first language is other than English, please see the English language proficiency requirements in the Admissions Policy.

For published information specific to this course, including the associated regulation, go to the Master of Theological Studies.

ALC operates with a policy of credit transfer and recognition of prior learning (RPL); see the Credit Policy.


  • 2 years full-time
  • Up to 6 years part-time

Study modes

  • ALC offers units in a variety of study modes (also referred to as delivery modes).

Please see ALC study modes. For off campus study options see Off campus study

Course updated: 14/02/2019 2:10pm