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.

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’ll be able to explore these topics in-depth with an emphasis on the Bible and theology.

The course includes the essential research principles and methods as preparation for higher degrees in Theology and Ministry. It can be combined with the Graduate Diploma of Divinity to create a four-year program.

Course Details 

Duration 3 years full-time equivalent
Part-time (maximum 9 years)
Mode  On-campus, Online
Timing Full-time or Part-time
Semester or Intensive or Extensive Classes
Day or Evening Classes
Course Level  Australian Qualifications Framework Level 9
Unit Level Delivered at Levels 7-9
Early exit point Dependent upon units students could exit with:
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
Prerequisites 3 year undergraduate degree from an accredited provider
Fee Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 288 (24 subjects each worth 12 credit points), including at least 36 credit points at Level 9

Course Structure

The Master of Ministry has 24 subjects, each worth 12 credit points (unless stated otherwise). The course has 13 core subjects, two Language units (24 credit points), four Biblical Set Book units (48 credit points), and six additional electives (72 credit points).

Core subjects: (144 credit points) 

Additional Requirements: (144 credit points) 

  • 24 credit points of Language units (Biblical Greek or Hebrew)
  • 24 credit points of Biblical Set Books including 12 cps of OT and 12 cps of NT)
  • 24 credit points of Biblical Set Books (using the original Hebrew or Greek)
  • 72 credit points of elective units
  • as part of the degree, you will need to include a 12 credit point capstone experience OR a Research Project

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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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