Master of Theology (MTh)

Full-time: 2 Years | Part-time: 3 – 6 years

CRICOS Code: 041658G   AQF Level: 9

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The Master of Theology (MTh) is a postgraduate research award and is aimed at specifically equipping graduates for future teaching ministries.

Students undertake study primarily in one of the following fields:

  • Biblical Studies (New Testament, Old Testament, Biblical Theology)
  • Christian Thought (Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Church History, Ethics and Philosophy)
  • Christian Ministry (Mission, Apologetics, Christian Worship).

Course Structure

The MTh consists of a three possible pathways:

  • Pathway 1: A thesis of 40,000–50,000 words.
  • Pathway 2: One research unit and a thesis of 30,000–40,000 words
  • Pathway 3: One original language research unit, one research paper and a thesis of 25,000– 32,000 words.

The default option is Pathway 1. The other pathways are possible either on request of the candidate or the recommendation of the supervisor or the Director of Postgraduate Studies. There is also flexibility built into the degree enabling a candidate to apply for a change of pathway on the recommendation of their supervisor.

Candidates are required to attend and participate in the Graduate Research Seminars held four times a year.

Admission requirements

The academic requirements for entry to the course may be satisfied by any one of the following:

  • the Moore College Bachelor of Divinity (BD) with Honours 1 or 2A
  • an average of 72.5% or higher in at least four units (including at least one biblical studies unit based on the original language text of the Bible and a two-unit MA (Theol) Research Project) of the Moore College MA (Theol)
  • graduates of the Moore College Master of Arts (Theology), provided they have achieved an average of 65% overall and successfully completed an MA (Theol) Research Project
  • graduates of an approved Australian or overseas institution with a qualification which, in the opinion of the Academic Board, is equivalent to any of the above.

Other criteria

  • Full time candidates who have not completed the Moore College BD may be required to audit certain Year 4 BD subjects.
  • Those whose first language is not English, or who have not completed a degree in English, are required to present a certified copy of an IELTS score of at least 7.5 in all categories of the academic test. The TOEFL equivalent is a minimum of 600. For more information on IELTS tests please visit
  • Applications for admission for those who are not Moore College graduates should be sent to the Registrar and are to be accompanied by full academic transcripts. The Registrar is responsible for the review of the academic qualifications of all applicants. An interview with the Director of Postgraduate Studies will be arranged.

Admissions Process

 Graduate Research Seminars

The College conducts a Graduate Research Seminar program. The program provides an opportunity for students to present their research to the College’s research community, comprising of other research students and members of faculty. The focus of the presentations is methodology and thesis content. The program enables students to:

  • develop their research and presentation skills
  • give and receive critical feedback
  • reflect on issues of method, evaluation, and thesis writing
  • learn from more experienced researchers.

There are normally four Graduate Research Seminars per year.

Participation in the program is a requirement for all enrolled MTh and PhD candidates of the College.

Courses you might be interested in

Master of Arts (Theology) (MA Theol)

Full-time: 2 years | Part-time: 2 – 6 years

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Full-time: 3–4 years  | Part-time: 3–8 years

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