Master of Theological Studies
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Prepare for a career in the church or in the community, perhaps in teaching or social work. Develop analytical and communication skills. Explore faith in theory and practice. Specialise in areas such as Christian practice, liturgy and philosophy.
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Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
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Graduates of the Master of Theological Studies will:
- demonstrate a critical awareness of sources for and methodological approaches to a range of theological studies
- interpret biblical texts in view of historical, cultural, literary, philosophical, and theological analyses
- use biblical and theological resources to explain the historical origins, development, and interconnections of Christian doctrines
- articulate implications of Christian belief for Christian practice
- demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in one or more theological disciplines
- have the opportunity to study units in philosophy that enrich theological understanding, including a specialisation in the discipline
- undertake a research-based project.
Graduates will be prepared them to succeed in areas such as chaplaincy or other church-related careers, administrative roles, or in various other professions for which they are qualified, such as teaching or social work.
Professional recognition may differ between dioceses. Teacher applicants are advised to contact the Catholic or State Education Office in the area in which they teach to ascertain the status of the course.
Students who wish to proceed to further study upon completion of the graduate certificate/diploma are eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies course. Teacher graduates of these two awards may be able to seek four-year trained teacher status with an employer. Applicants are advised to discuss these possibilities with their local Catholic or State Education Office.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.
If you have previously undertaken tertiary study and/or gained relevant skills, knowledge and/or competencies through pathways other than formal study (e.g. substantial work experience within the past 10 years), you may be eligible to receive some credit towards your course.
Credit granted replaces units you would otherwise study, allowing you to complete your course sooner.
You can apply for credit by submitting an application form, along with the relevant supporting documents.
Visit the ACU website for more information (including how to apply).
The Master of Theological Studies is a coursework degree for students seeking to develop mastery of theological knowledge and develop skills in communicating that knowledge.
Completion of 160 cp;
- 40 cp in Religious Education subjects, including no more than 20 cp at 500-level;
- 10 cp from 600-level educational leadership subjects).