Master of Arts (MA)

Graduate Rationale

The Master of Arts is a coursework program designed for graduates who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology as part of their continuing education for ministry. It is designed to provide a graduate-level education in biblical and theological understanding, spiritual formation, and cultural literacy that will prepare them for ordained or other ministry in church, para-church or non-profit organizations, and other vocational settings.

Course Title

Master of Arts

AQF Level

AQF 9 – Masters Degree



Entrance Requirements

Category 1: GradDipArts (an AQF 8 award in theology)
Category 2: GradCertArts (an AQF 7 award in theology)

Course Duration

Category 1: 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time
Category 2: 1.5 years full-time or 4.5 years part-time

Course Delivery

Online and face-to-face at our Horsley Park Campus

Course Structure

Category 1: 72 credit points (8 course units) at AQF 8 or AQF 9 level (8100 or 9200 series)
Category 2: 108 credit points (12 course units) at AQF 8 or AQF 9 level (8100 or 9200 series)

Unit content may not be similar to that of units undertaken previously, e.g., in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Theology

The Master of Arts may be taken with or without specialization

A specialisation comprises six units (54 credit points) in a sub-discipline including at least two course units (18 credit points) at 9200 level.

Sub-Disciplines: Biblical Studies, Christian Ethics, Christian Spirituality, Church History, Mission, Pastoral Counselling, Pastoral Theology, Philosophy, Systematic Theology, Worship and Liturgy.


Introducing Theology

Critical Academic Skills in Theological Education

Introduction to the New Testament 

Theology of Sacraments


Syriac 1: Reading and Grammar

Introduction to the Old Testament

Basic Christian Doctrines

Syriac 2

Plus 4 Elective units (units of your choice subject to availability)

  • Lukan Literature and Theology
  • The Gospel of John
  • Pauline Literature and Theology
  • Peshita Studies 1
  • Peshita Studies 2
  • Principles of Christian Ethics
  • Early Church History
  • Human Life, Family and Society
  • Ministry to Children
  • The Practice of Worship
  • Liturgical Sources
  • Eastern Christian Hymnody
  • Sacraments 2
  • Christology and Soteriology
  • Church Fathers: An Introduction
  • The Human Person
Last modified: 8 May 2024

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