Master of Theology (Coursework) [MTh]

CRICOS code: 096387D (Accredited through UD)


The Master of Theology (Coursework) enables students with an undergraduate degree in theology or ministry to apply an advanced body of knowledge in theology and its associated disciplines. Students 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 Theology (Coursework):

  • 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, theological synthesis or supervised ministry project.

Follow on study

Graduates who have completed a Research Essay to a specified standard may be eligible for admission to higher degrees by research.

Course structure

The Master of Theology (Coursework) consists of 240 points comprised of:

  • up to 48 points of postgraduate foundational units in any discipline
  • a capstone unit worth at least 24 points or RQ9748M Minor Thesis
  • further postgraduate elective, praxis or capstone units to make up a total of 240 points.

Unit information

Talk to the course advisor about your study options, including the possibility of enrolment in a minor thesis (48 points) or supervised reading unit to pursue your particular interest or specialisation.

Entry requirements

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor of Theology or Bachelor of Ministry or a Master of Divinity, or an equivalent theological qualification (a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma does not satisfy the admission requirements for this award).

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 Theology (Coursework).

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


  • 2 years full-time (not less than 3 semesters)
  • Up to five 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 2:24pm