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Master of Theology

Master of Theology

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CSU’s Master of Theology offers depth and breadth in theological education. It provides advanced critical knowledge and skills in the theological disciplines, and their application to contemporary society and church.

This course builds on your previous theological study to help you develop an in-depth understanding of major issues in contemporary theology. You will emerge from the program with a sound knowledge base, well-honed critical skills, and a facility in theological methodologies. You will develop an advanced knowledge of at least one major theological sub-discipline. This course provides a pathway to research studies in theology.

  • Why study this course?

    Through this course, you will hone the skills to apply cross-disciplinary research, critical perspectives and a variety of methods to examine issues and questions of church practice, to develop new approaches and understandings.

    Learn from leading researchers

    CSU's highly qualified lecturers draw from their research to help guide you through your path of study. The library resources are extensive, accessible and comprehensive. Areas of study range across advanced subjects in Biblical Exegesis, Church History, Liturgy, Public Theology, Ecotheology and Systematic Theology. 

    A holistic approach to theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the school is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education.

    Choose your learning pathway

    Combined with a flexible learning environment and five teaching sites, the school provides a range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. You can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or online. Students living in Hong Kong can study with Ming Hua Theological College. The school also has affiliations with St Barnabas’ College in Adelaide and St Francis’ Theological College in Brisbane.

  • Career opportunities

    Career opportunities exist within communities and leadership and this course is also a pathway to further study.

    Church leadership

    Work with other religious leaders in the community to support and enhance community engagement in activities of various churches and faiths.


    Develop and implement research projects to build critical perspectives across Christian ministry, its history and practice. The degree equips you to undertake research at the Masters research and PhD levels.

    Mission and evangelism

    Analyse and improve models of mission and evangelism to build a contemporary approach to mission relevant to cultural and ecclesial contexts. 

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Choose two subjects (32 points) from one of the following discipline areas:

    Systematic Theology (32)
    THL512 Contemporary Theology in a Global Context (16)
    THL542 Political Theology (16)
    THL544 Theology and Spirituality in Contemporary Engagement (16)
    THL545 Classic Texts in Christian Theology (16)

    Biblical Studies (32)
    THL511 Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Studies (16)
    THL517 Advanced Biblical Exegesis (16)
    THL535 Seminar in Biblical and Theological Interpretation (16)

    Practical Theology (32)
    THL518 Studies in Liturgy and Worship (16)
    THL519 Contemporary Issues in Practical Theology (16)
    THL540 Public Theology (16)

    Church History (32)
    THL513 Church History Methodology (16)
    THL533 The Philosophy of Religious History (16)

    Select Option 1 or 2 below:
    Choose one option from the Coursework or Research options below:
    (Note: those students wishing to proceed to the Research Option are required to take THL514 Theological Hermeneutics)

    Option 1: Coursework (64)
    THL501 Guided Research (16)


    Three subjects (48) chosen from the following Restricted Electives:

    Restricted Electives
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16)
    MIN522 Advanced Seminar in Mission and Evangelism (16)
    MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16)
    THL511 Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Studies (16)
    THL512 Contemporary Theology in a Global Context (16)
    THL513 Church History Methodology (16)
    THL514 Theological Hermeneutics (16)
    THL517 Advanced Biblical Exegesis (16)
    THL518 Studies in Liturgy and Worship (16)
    THL519 Contemporary Issues in Practical Theology (16)
    THL533 The Philosophy of Religious History (16)
    THL535 Seminar in Biblical and Theological Interpretation (16)
    THL540 Public Theology (16)
    THL542 Political Theology (16)
    THL544 Theology and Spirituality in Contemporary Engagement (16)
    THL545 Classic Texts in Christian Theology (16)

    Option 2: Research
    One subject (16) chosen from the Restricted Electives above (this may include THL501)


    THL514 Theological Hermeneutics (16)
    THL650 Theology Masters Coursework Dissertation (32)


    Enrolment pattern

    Due to the nature and structure of the degree, students will work out their enrolment pattern in conjunction with their course advisor.


  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry
    MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry

  • Admission information

    Students must:

    1. hold an undergraduate degree in theology or its equivalent; or
    2. have obtained a Credit average or higher in the Charles Sturt University Graduate Diploma of Theology or equivalent.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance Education
    On Campus
    Ming Hua
    United Theological College
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeFPOSNYNIAME
    DirectOn CampusCanberraFPOSNYNIAMF
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSNYNJAMT
    DirectOn CampusCanberraFPPGNYNOAMD
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeFPPGNYNOAME
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGNYNOAMF

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, a student must satisfactorily complete 96 points in accordance with either the Coursework or the Research course structure options.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    025512C (United Theological College, Canberra)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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