Master of Divinity

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Course Description
The Master of Divinity gives you the best possible preparation if you want to preach and teach the bible, lead in ministry, evangelise, plant a church, and take part in the wider debates of the church and society. It offers you academic rigour, theological depth and a wide range of options for developing your ministry skills. It can be combined with the Graduate Diploma of Divinity to create a four-year program.

Students build a broad framework in their first year, and then develop depth, learn critical thinking skills, key principles and tools for interpreting the Bible and developing their theological thinking. Bible, history, theology and ministry are all covered. Through the Master of Divinity, you will be able to explore these topics in-depth with an emphasis on the Bible and theology; in the final year of this course a compulsory capstone or project must be completed.

Course Details 

Duration 3 years full-time equivalent
Part-time (maximum 9 years)
Mode  On-campus, Online, Multi-mode
Timing Full-time or Part-time
Semester or Intensive or Extensive Classes
Day or Evening Classes
Course Level  Australian Qualifications Framework Level 9
Subject Level Delivered at Levels 8-9
Early exit point Graduate Certificate of Divinity
Graduate Diploma of Divinity
Graduates may complete further study in Master of Theological Studies
Research Degrees including the Doctor of Ministry
  • Academic Qualifications: Completed three year non-theological bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
Fee Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 288 (24 subjects each worth 12 credit points), including at least 96 credit points at Level 9

Course Structure

The Master of Divinity has 24 subjects, each worth 12 credit points (unless stated otherwise). The course has 12 core subjects, two language units (24 credit points), four biblical exegesis units (48 credit points), and six additional electives (72 credit points). A compulsory project or capstone must be completed towards the end of the degree.

Core subjects

Formation Program

The formation program is strongly encouraged for all students enrolled in two+ year courses. On-campus students enrol in two out of three of EM071-806 Public Christianity for a Post-Christian World, EM072-806 Promoting the Gospel, and PC156-803/PC155-803 to complete their spiritual formation program; online students complete all four GSF units and EM064-806 Ministry Foundations and EM063-806 Introduction to Personal Evangelism.

Other Requirements

  • 48 credit points of Theology (TH)
  • 12 credit points of Evangelism and Missiology (EM)
  • 24 credit points of Language units (Biblical Greek or Hebrew)
  • 24 credit points of Biblical Set Books (using the original Hebrew or Greek)
  • 24 credit points of additional Biblical Set Books (including 12 credit points of OT and 12 credit points of NT)
  • 12 credit point capstone experience OR a Research Project (minor – 12 credit points; major – 24 credit points or 36 credit points)*

*Students who enrol in a major project must first complete AS001-912 Research Methods

Additional Requirements

  • Remaining subjects are electives

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This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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