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MA Master of Arts

The Master of Arts is a coursework program designed for graduates who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology as part of their continuing education for ministry.

It is designed to provide a graduate-level education in biblical and theological understanding, spiritual formation, and cultural literacy that will prepare you for ordained or other ministry in church, parachurch or nonprofit organizations, and other vocational settings.

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  • StructureCategory 1: 8 units (72 credit points); Category 2: 12 units(108 credit points)
  • Fees$1850 per unit
  • Entry RequirementsA bachelor degree in theology or ministry, OR A Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in theology or ministry
  • English ProficiencyApplicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

The Master of Arts is an AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework). It is
- fully accredited through the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) 
- qualifies for Austudy and FEE-HELP assistance 
- available to overseas students
- available online 

Research Units, Research Essay and Research Project units are available each semester. Any plans to do such units must be discussed with the Academic Dean Dr Evelyn Hibbert at least two months prior to commencement.

Booth College offers a trimester system dividing the academic year into three ten-week terms. The semester dates in 2017 are
Semester 1: Week 1 starts 6 February, week 10 ends 14 April 
Semester 2: Week 1 starts 15 May, week 10 ends 28 July (mid semester one-week break starts 3 July) 
Semester 3: Week 1 starts 28 August, week 10 ends 3 November


Category 1: 8 units (72 credit points); Category 2: 12 units(108 credit points)

The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.

A specialisation in the MA comprises 54 credit points in a discipline or sub discipline with at least two 9600-series units. The GradCertArts entry award units could be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.

The MA has nested within it the Graduate Certificate in Arts and the Graduate Diploma of Arts:
- GradCertArts requires 36 credit pointsGrad
- DipArts requires 72 credit points

The Salvation Army personnel may be eligible for finanacial assistance through the Course Assistance Board (CAB). Interested applicants should submit a signed CAB Form to All submitted CAB forms must be signed by the line manager/division to demonstrate the support of the applicant's department/corps/division. 

Application for enrolment is made to the Registrar. The Registrar can be contacted on +61 02 9502 0469 and by email at

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Semester 1

  • B8520 Introduction to Old Testament

  • H8501 Introduction to the Study of Christian History

  • L9620 Preaching and Context

  • M8505 Equipping your People for Ministry

  • M8595 Issues in Multicultural Ministry

  • M9600 Perspectives on World Mission

  • M9695WMM Issues in Women's Missional Ministry

  • P8511 Developing Youth Ministry

  • P8561 Developing Leadership through Mentoring

  • P8572 Spiritual Leadership

  • T9687 Wesleyan Theological Perspectives

  • T9695 Issues in Theology and Film

Semester 2

  • A8501 Critical Thinking and Writing

  • B8500 Research Methods

  • B9657 Lukan Literature

  • B9697 Seminar (Research students present readings)

  • L8501 Introduction to Christian Worship

  • L8520 Foundations of Preaching

  • M8500 Research Methods

  • M9695MJ Issues in Mission and Justice

  • M9697 Seminar (Research students present readings)

  • P8500 Research Methods

  • P8501 Introduction to Pastoral and Practical Theology

  • P8562 Administrative Leadership and Management in Ministry

  • P9684SM Supervised Ministry Practicum

  • P9697 Seminar (Research students present readings)

  • T8500 Research Methods

  • T8586 Theological Issues of the Reformation

  • T9638 Doctrine of Sanctification

  • T9697 Seminar (Research students present readings)

Semester 3

  • A8530 Introduction to Biblical Languages

  • B8530 Introduction to New Testament

  • B9603 Interpretation of the Bible

  • B9690 Research Essay

  • B9691 Research Project

  • B9699 Capstone

  • M9685 Cross-Cultural Mission

  • M9690 Research Essay

  • M9699 Capstone

  • P8583 Working in a Ministry Team Setting

  • P9684 Supervised Ministry Practicum

  • P9690 Research Essay

  • P9695 Issues in Children's Ministry

  • P9699 Capstone

  • T8505 Basic Christian Doctrines

  • T8531 Christology and Soteriology

  • T8595 A Loving God in a Suffering World

  • T9690 Research Essay

  • T9691 Research Project

  • T9699 Capstone

Students enrolled in the MA may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts (36 cr pts) or the Graduate Diploma of Arts (72 cr pts), provided they have met the requirements of those awards. 

Master of Arts (72 credit points following an AQF Level 8 award in Theology or Ministry; 108 credit points following an AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry)

Students who complete the MA with a Research Essay at distinction level may apply for entry into a Masters research award. The MA is itself an exit point for the Master of Divinity program. A MA with a particular specialisation can be considered an entry point into the Master of Theology (MTh) on the following conditions:
  - the specialisation in the MTh must be the same as the specialisation undertaken in the MA;
  - in order to undertake coursework units in the MTh, the student must have met the pre-requisites for those coursework units.

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