Master of Theological Studies

Course Description 
Our Master of Theological Studies degree is offered as a professional development program for vocational ministry practitioners. It offers a wide range of units in a variety of formats designed to fit into your busy ministry life. With flexible learning options, we offer an approach to study that is also viable for those who live outside Melbourne. Units are provided by leading practical theologians in a wide range of fields, and assessment is designed so that it can be applied to your specific ministry context.

The structure of this course entails completion of sixteen units. Students who have completed prior theological studies may apply for advanced standing for some foundational and intermediate units. See the table below for details:

Course Level | Australian Qualifications Framework Level 9

Prior degree Number of units required
Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Ministry, Graduate Diploma of Divinity Advanced standing – five units; eleven units to complete at intermediate and advanced levels
Master of Divinity, Master of Divinity Advanced standing – up to eight units; eight units to complete at intermediate and advanced levels if maximum advanced standing granted.


Ridley faculty and an extensive network of international scholars means that we can offer several specialisations to allow you to focus on your areas of ministry interest.

You can choose studies in the areas of:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Theology and Church History
  • Evangelism and Mission
  • Children’s and Youth Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Preaching
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Research Methods

Most Master of Theological Studies units are undertaken in intensive mode with students gathering at the Parkville campus of Ridley College. Students are given pre-reading with assessments undertaken prior to and after the intensive teaching days.

The Ridley Mega-intensive is a one-week conference held in August each year. It is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative event that builds a vibrant learning community which explores a single theme. In 2022 the theme of the mega-intensive will be Sin and Evil. The intensive will feature guest speaker Roy Ciampa, and Ridley faculty Brian Rosner, John Dickson and others will lead seminars in several study areas.

The five-day program includes daily chapel services, morning tea, lunch, a banquet and a public lecture on one evening.

Study Tours
Most years Ridley faculty lead tours to a site of Christian significance in Israel & Jordan, Greece & Turkey or the Reformation countries of Europe or North America. Tours of biblical sites bring the Bible to life and help you interpret the Bible by better understanding the life and culture of the ancient world. An understanding of the archaeology, geography and topography can also help with biblical interpretation. These tours are also great experiences of community, travel and culture.

Capstone or Project
A capstone or project is compulsory in the final stages of the Master of Theological Studies. This experience is designed as an opportunity to integrate your learning from across the theological disciplines, reflect on your personal growth during your time at Ridley and consider how you can develop your ministry practice through your professional development training. After completing the syllabus of a regular advanced unit, you will undertake an alternative integrative assessment designed to relate the present unit of study with your wider learning, using it as a springboard to a wider reflection on your learning. Only selected units can be taken as a capstone, and full class participation is required.

A Research Project is an alternative to a Capstone Experience. Students can undertake projects which are the equivalent of one, two or three units (8,000 words, 12,000 words, 16,000 words).

For more information on what units are available, visit the Professional Development Degree unit page here.

This course is only available to Australian domestic students. 

Please contact Alison Flynn on registrar@ridley.edu.au for further information for this degree.

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

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Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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