Master of Theology

Curious about theology and religious studies?

Advance your theological knowledge

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.

Why study this course?

CSU's Master of Theology builds on previous theological study to develop an in-depth understanding of major issues in contemporary theology. Students will emerge from the program with a sound knowledge base, well-honed critical skills, and a facility in theological methodologies.They will develop an advanced knowledge of at least one major theological sub-discipline. This course provides a pathway to research higher degree studies in theology.

The course consists of four 16 point subjects, comprising one core subject and three restricted electives taken from offerings in Biblical Studies, Church History, Liturgy, Systematic Theology, Public Theology and Theological Research.

At CSU you are guided by highly qualified lecturers working from their own research interests. 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.

Career opportunities

The degree further equips you to work in ministry and mission and take up church positions and leadership roles. It is a pathway to specialised research.

Graduation requirements

To graduate with CSU's Master of Theology, students must successfully complete 64 points.

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.

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On campus; Distance education


Canberra; Parramatta


Session 1; Session 2




1 year full-time
2 years part-time



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  • Testimonial | Bachelor of Theology

    "CSU offered both a comprehensive list of subject options and flexibility

  • Testimonial | Theology student

    "CSU offers a broad, deep, non-prescriptive approach to the study of theology, which encourages independent thought."

  • Testimonial | Bachelor of Theology student testimonial

    "Since beginning study, I have come to an awareness of my vocation. This directly flows from the way my mind has opened and my spirituality has developed through my studies"