Master of Divinity [M.Div.]

3 years full-time or
equivalent part-time

The Master of Divinity is a primary theological degree for students with a degree in another area. The Master of Divinity enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge in divinity and its associated disciplines in ministry contexts. Students broaden their knowledge and skills to prepare them for professional practice and further learning.

What you will learn

  • Advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in divinity and its related disciplines
  • have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical and communication skills applicable to divinity and its related disciplines
  • Advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of theological and related disciplines, with awareness of their implications and applications to historical and contemporary issues and contexts, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  • How to articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in divinity and its related disciplines to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • How to apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, theological synthesis, or supervised ministry project.

Course Structure

The Master of Pastoral Care consists of 18 units (432 points):

2 units (48 points) in Greek or Hebrew (Level 8)
3 units (72 points) in Biblical studies (Level 8)
3 units (72 points) in Christian Thought and History (2 x Level 8, 1 x Level 9)
2 units (38 points) in Practical and Public Theology (1 x Level 8, 1 x Level 9)
1 unit (24 points) in any discipline (Level 8 or 9)
6 units in any discipline (Level 9)
1 Capstone unit or Research essay (Level 9)

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

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Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

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Course Cost

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Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.

Further Opportunities

Graduates who have completed a Research Essay at a specified standard may be eligible for admission to a higher degree by research.


This course is accredited by the University of Divinity. View the regulations here.