The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is a coursework Masters award designed for graduates in theological or other disciplines. It has been created to serve two groups:

The MTS course comprises 16 subject units and can be taken in full-time or part-time mode. Graduates of a BTh, BMin or equivalent, are eligible to receive advanced standing for up to 5 units in the course based on studies completed in their previous theological degree. Graduates of a MDiv or a BTh/BMin (Honours) are eligible to receive advanced standing for up to 8 units of their previous theological degree.

Students may take up to 8 years to complete the MTS, with reduced candidature periods for those who receive advanced standing.

Mode of Study: On Campus and Online

Full information about this ACT course can be found here. See the ACT Coursework Course Enrolment Policy for admission rules and processes.

Admission Requirements:

Academic Qualifications: Completed 3 year bachelor degree or equivalent

Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work

Financial Support:

The MTS is accredited by the Queensland Office of Higher Education & its interstate counterparts as an award of the Australian College of Theology, of which QTC is a member college along with around 20 other colleges nationally.  As such, it is a recognized course for the purposes of Fee-Help, Austudy, Youth Allowance (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements). Current fee levels for units in the MTS can be found here.

What do I study?

For MTS students holding a prior theological degree, there are no set core units required. Your course must include either a research project (of 7000, 12000 or 16000 words), a masters capstone experience, or an independent reading unit. Remaining units will normally be chosen from to one or more intensives offered by QTC each semester. See the Intensives for Ministry Workers  page for upcoming units.

MTS students holding a degree in a discipline other than theology take the following units:

The MTS is an accredited course of the Australian College of Theology, like the other accredited awards offered at QTC.  As such, it is a recognized course for the purpose of Fee-Help to pay for all or part of the fees for the MTS (provided you meet the government’s eligibility requirements), and for Overseas Students (ACT CRICOS provider number is 02650E).  Fee-Help application forms and information booklets are available through the QTC office.  Fees payable for the current year are available here.

MTS students living regionally who are in paid vocational ministry roles within Queensland, Northern Territory or Northern NSW, who have a completed three or four year theological degree (e.g. MDiv, BTh, BD) are eligible for a reduction of $250 off their fee to offset travel costs.

Credit for MTS units is portable across all of the member colleges of the ACT.

For more information about enrolling in the MTS at QTC email our registrar.

QTC is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology. The CRICOS code for the ACT’s Master of Theological Studies is 0100549.