The primary aim of this program is to provide further academic education at postgraduate level in biblical studies, theology, pastoral studies and mission for clergy and lay people in an Adventist setting. Avondale, however, welcomes applications from all who are interested in the study of theology and ministry and who meet the academic entry requirements. The program aims to achieve some balance among theological and related academic disciplines such as the humanities and the human sciences. The aim of this balance is to provide an enhanced theoretical and practical context for the students' professional life. In order to function as well-informed professionals providing pastoral care and Christian guidance in their chosen fields, graduates should demonstrate increased competence and deepened understanding in both Biblical-Theological Studies and Pastoral-Mission Studies.

Course Fee:

Australian: $16,160
International: $21,976

Entry Requirements:

4-year Bachelors Degree in arts or equivalent; specialisation in Theology and Biblical Studies normally require a four-year Bachelors Degree with a major in Theology, or adequate Theology units within a 4-year degree; a 3-year Bachelors Degree plus honours year or 1 full year of postgraduate Theology study; or a Bachelors Degree in any field plus a Graduate Diploma in Ministry and Theology or equivalent; Assumed knowledge: biblical, theological, historical, biblical language knowledge and work experience exists


8 units (48 credit points). Part-time mode only.

Subjects you can Study:

Chaplaincy; Children's ministry; Family ministry; Pastoral leadership; Theological and biblical studies; Youth ministry

Study Pathways:

Students who have completed appropriate postgraduate level coursework in other courses at Avondale or in other accredited tertiary institutions may be admitted to the MA course with advanced standing up to the equivalent of 50% of the MA award.

Who for:

Those wishing to provide further academic education at postgraduate level in biblical studies, theology, pastoral studies and mission for clergy and lay people in an Adventist setting

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 02731D

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Lake Macquarie No info No Part time 4 years
Avondale College of Higher Education is a self-accrediting private provider of Christian higher education, offering a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education (VET) courses. Avondale offers undergraduate degrees in Arts, Business, Science, Education, Nursing, and Theology. Postgraduate studies, from Masters coursework degrees to Doctoral research level, are available in Arts, Education, Philosophy, Leadership and Management, Nursing, Ministry and Theology.

Established in 1897, Avondale operates on two campuses: Lake Macquarie (NSW Central Coast) and Sydney (Wahroonga). Avondale is a member of the worldwide Adventist system of universities and colleges, and welcomes all students who desire higher education in a Christian context.

Students come from all states of Australia and from overseas. Avondale has two residential halls on-campus, where students can take advantage of the social, intellectual, sporting and spiritual activities available.

Provider CRICOS: 02731D

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