Master of Theological Studies

Course Description 
Ridley College’s Master of Theological Studies course 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 are interstate. 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 the 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 Advanced standing – five units; eleven units to complete at intermediate and advanced levels
Master of Ministry, Master of Divinity Advanced standing – up to eight units; eight units to complete at intermediate and advanced levels if maximum advanced standing granted.


Ridley’s large faculty of practical theologians 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 or at an offsite location. Students are given pre-reading with assessments undertaken prior to and after each intensive.

*Please note that the mega-intensive has been postponed until 2021 due to the Coronavirus Health Crisis.*

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.

The five-day program includes daily chapel services, morning tea, lunch, a banquet and a public lecture on one evening. A range of affordable nearby accommodation options is available for interstate students.

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 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 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.

As part of the entry requirements, you must be an Australian domestic student. 

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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