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Theology

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The following qualifications are taught on behalf of The Australian College of Christian Studies.

 

BACHELOR OF THEOLOGY

This program provides a strong foundation of biblical and academic scholarship, either for future postgraduate studies or integration into you chosen field of Christian endeavour.

In the first year, students study a range of foundational biblical and theological subjects. In the second and third years, they expand and build on these studies, deepening and broadening their knowledge and understanding of theology and biblical exegesis.

On successful completion of the course, students will have developed knowledge, understanding and skills which are relevant for personal Christian living and for a variety of vocations, such as pastoral ministry, theological teaching, Christian writing, academic scholarship, Christian missionary work and similar vocations. Students will have identified a particular area of theology, which they wish to pursue further and begun to study subjects relevant to this.

Course Structure

Twenty-four subjects, a total of 144 credit points are required. ACCS offers a Specialisation (6 subjects) in Biblical Studies or Theology. Typical duration is three-years full time or nine-years part time.
Students can exit the award after the successful completion of the first year and receive the Diploma of Theology award or the Associate Degree in Ministry after successful completion of the second year.

Entrance Requirements

Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian school system, with an ATAR of 65, or
Mature admission for those who have reached the age of 21, or
Special Entry admission through interview process, or
Satisfactory completion of the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Arts or the Master of Theology awards.

Download Undergraduate prospectus here.

 

MASTER OF THEOLOGY

The following qualifications are taught on behalf of The Sydney College of Divinity.

The Master of Theology is a coursework program designed for those who hold at least a Bachelor of Theology (or equivalent) and who wish to pursue theological studies in greater depth and with greater rigour. It includes either a specialisation of six subjects in one discipline or sub-discipline, or in-depth studies of three subjects in two or more disciplines or sub-disciplines, along with the opportunity for a focused research project.

Course Structure

108 credit points (12 course subjects) at AQF 8 and/or AQF 9 level (8500 and/or 9600 series)

  • A maximum of four course subjects (36 credit points) may be taken at 8500 level

  • All other subjects are taken at 9600 level

  • Unit content may not be similar to that of subjects undertaken previously, e.g., in a Bachelor of Theology

  • The Master of Theology requires either specialisation or in-depth studies:

    • A specialisation comprises six subjects (54 credit points) in a discipline or sub-discipline.

    • In-depth studies require 3 subjects (27 credit points) in two or more disciplines or sub-disciplines.

  • At least one generic research unit (9 credit points) must be included.

Entrance Requirements

A Bachelor of Theology (AQF7) or Bachelor of Ministry (AQF7 - with sufficient Bible and Theology subjects)

Articulation to Other SCD Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Ministry, or Doctor of Theology offered by the Sydney College of Divinity provided they meet the entry requirements (including undertaking a specified research component within the Master of Theology).

 

MASTER OF DIVINITY

The Master of Divinity is a coursework program designed for two categories of candidates:

  • Those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who seek a comprehensive education in theology comparable in breadth and depth to the Bachelor of Theology, including a deeper biblical and theological understanding, spiritual formation, and cultural literacy that will prepare them for ordained or other professional ministry in church, para-church or non-profit organisations, and other similar vocational settings.

  • Those who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology as part of their continuing ministerial education.

The award provides a systematic and comprehensive study of theological and related disciplines through a structure of specialisations and sub-specialisations. 

Course Structure

216 credit points (24 course subjects) at AQF 8 and/or AQF 9 level (8500 and/or 9600 series) including:

  • A specialisation in Biblical Studies (six subjects). 54 credit points from subjects assigned to Biblical Studies including no more than 18 credit points from 8500 series subjects. Plus two subjects in Biblical Languages.

  • A specialisation in Theology (six subjects). 54 credit points from subjects assigned to Theology including no more than 18 credit points from 8500 series subjects.

  • A sub-specialisation from the Christian Life & Ministry discipline.

  • At least one subject in Church History.

  • For other requirements please refer to the SCD Handbook. 

Entrance Requirements

Category I: an AQF 7 award in theology (Bachelor of Theology/Ministry)

Category II: an AQF 8 award in theology (eg SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts)

Articulation to Other SCD Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Philosophy, Doctor of Ministry, or Doctor of Theology offered by the Sydney College of Divinity provided they meet the entry requirements (including undertaking a specified research component within the Master of Divinity). 

Download Prospectus here.

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