Master of Arts – Theological Studies

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Master of Arts – Theological Studies (Coursework)

Theology has always held a central place in the life and mission of the Christian community. Its central importance to the life of the community derives from the fact that it is through Theology that the Church comes to understand its own faith and explains that faith to others.


Education in Theology is therefore indispensable to a person’s development of faith as it is central to the exercise of all ministries, lay and ordained, directed toward to the communication and sharing of that faith.


It explores, among others, such important issues as the nature of God, the kind of God revealed for us in Jesus Christ, the nature of personal identity and of humanity, human origins and destiny, Christian community and God’s presence with us now in the Spirit.

Course Structure


All students undertaking the Master of Arts- Theological Studies degree are required to complete the following four units (or equivalent):

  • Christology
  • Mystery of Christ 4: Church and Sacraments
  • Foundations of Moral Theology
  • Scripture and Church


MODE 1: Coursework

  • 7 units at 500 level
  • 1 unit at 400/500 level
  • 7 of the 8 units must be in Theology
  • 1 unit may be taken from related disciplines of Religious Education. Education Leadership, Justice Studies or Philosophy
  • Included the 4 required units (or equivalent)


MODE 2: Coursework and Research Project

  • 4 units at 500 level
  • 1 unit at 400/500 level
  • Include the 4 required units (or equivalent)
  • Research Project (equivalent of 3 units) in the discipline of Theology (15,000 words)
  • 4 of 5 units must be in Theology
  • 1 unit may be taken from related disciplines of Religious Education, Education Leadership, Justice Studies of Philosophy

Mode of Study & Assessment


Students may undertake study as a part-time or full-time student, commencing in First Semester, in Winter Term or in Second Semester, subject to unit availability. The assessment of competency in each unit consists of tutorial performance and a number of assignments, or projects during the semester.
It may be possible for this course to be completed in external mode with units subject to availability.

Admission Requirements


Notre Dame encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and takes into consideration the applicant’s academic performance as well as their personal qualities and accomplishments. Academic requirements are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Theology (or equivalent) or undergraduate degree in another discipline by coursework
  • Bachelor of Theology (or equivalent) or undergraduate degree in another discipline by coursework and research project.

Applications should be received at least one month prior to commencement. However, there are limited places available in postgraduate courses and they will be filled on a first-come first-served basis so early application is encouraged.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is one of the rising stars of Australian universities. Founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989, it now has over 700 ... Read More

The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) is one of the rising stars of Australian universities. Founded through an Act of the Parliament of Western Australia in December 1989, it now has over 7000 students enrolled on its three campuses in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome. The University’s founding partner was the University of Notre Dame in the United States (NDUS), one of the world’s great Catholic universities and the benchmark for UNDA. It has provided UNDA with inspiration; counsel; ideas and models; ‘study abroad’ students and faculty; and the presence of its leaders on its Boards and governing councils. Notre Dame Australia is an Australian university which has embraced both the modern Australian university tradition and the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic universities both in Europe and North America. It has sought to be a university which specialises in the excellence of undergraduate education. Its focus is the education and training of young people for entry to the major professions: medicine, law, teaching, nursing, accounting and finance, physiotherapy, counselling, health sciences and the priesthood. The University is especially noteworthy for its role as a leader in the great traditional professional disciplines of Health and Education, so long associated with the mission of the Church in Australia. It has also assumed a special role in the education of, and service to, the indigenous people of northern Australia. Notre Dame is a medium size, a private university which receives public funding in a number of areas. A significant number of students have spots in the health and education fields funded by the Australian Government. It is committed to ensuring that, as far as possible, students receive a personalised, high-quality education in a caring and friendly learning environment. About 10 percent of its student body is international. The University aims to produce ‘industry ready’ graduates who are much in demand from Australian employers. The University’s three campuses, in Fremantle, Sydney and Broome are strikingly beautiful and very convenient. They provide an ideal setting for a first-class undergraduate university experience. Read less
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