Master of Theology

Button for easy access to information about this qualificationThe Master of Theology (MTh) is a two-year (full-time equivalent) 180 or 240 credit degree. It provides an advanced level theological qualification for those who have already completed a recognised Bachelor’s level degree in theology and want to upgrade their qualifications in a specific area or extend their understanding of Christian ministries. The degree provides opportunity for Master’s level biblical and theological study related to the fields of Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History and Pastoral, Missional and Contextual Studies, and for students to pursue a research project in an area they are interested in.

Students can study towards the MTh on campus in Henderson. Courses are typically offered in block-mode, allowing for students outside of the Auckland region to take part. Students who successfully complete the first year of the MTh, but do not wish to continue to second year studies, will be awarded a level 8 Postgraduate Diploma in Theology.

Click here for information about admissions requirements for the MTh.


Programme Summary

LEVEL 9 - 120, 180 or 240 credits
DURATION Full-time for 2-4 semesters, part-time options available
PLACES Open
CAMPUS Henderson
TUITION FEE (per full-time year of study) $7,206 plus Student Services Fee (120 credits)

Career Opportunities


  • Enter or return to church and mission leadership roles
  • Go on to doctoral study as preparation for a teaching career
  • Bring theological insight to business, community service, education and the arts


Structure

The Master of Theology Degree is at least 240 credits except where:

  • it builds on a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours or an equivalent qualification, or significant relevant professional experience, in which cases it can be fewer than 240 but no fewer than 120 credits of which no less than 90 must be at NZQA level 9.
  • it builds on a three-year bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification completed at with a Grade Point average of at least 7.0 (B) in level 6 & 7 courses, in which cases it can be fewer than 240 but no fewer than 180 credits of which no less than 60 must be at NZQA level 9.

Objectives

On completion of the MTh programme, students should be able to:

  • evaluate critically a wide spectrum of literature in each of the coursework areas and in the areas of the research undertaken;
  • demonstrate mastery of the issues of debate in each of these areas;
  • give a fair and informed account of representative points of view in each subject area
  • write a coherent narrative survey which is internally consistent, interacts critically with central issues, and demonstrates ability to form a reasoned opinion;
  • utilise sound hermeneutical principles in contextualising biblical theology within the subject areas studied;
  • demonstrate advanced skills of research, critical analysis and constructive synthesis, and application so as to make a significant contribution to knowledge in their area of specialisation;
  • demonstrate the distinctive contribution of biblical and theological principles to central issues in their subject areas;
  • participate in the international academic discussion of their field of study with a competence appropriate to Master’s level
  • reflect on the professional, ethical and relational implications of their study for ministry in the modern world

Programme Requirements and Flexible Structures

LEVEL 8 ENTRY

The MTh degree may be completed with 180 credits where the candidate has completed a recognized three-year Bachelor’s degree in Theology or Ministry, with a grade point average of 7.0 (B) in courses of the qualifying undergraduate programme at NZQA levels 6 and 7.

The MTh degree requires 240 credits where the candidate holds a recognised Bachelor’s level degree in a discipline other than Theology of Ministry and has completed a bridging programme such as Laidlaw’s 120 credit Graduate Diploma in Theology with a grade point average of 7.0 (B) at NZQA level 7.

LEVEL 9 ENTRY

The MTh degree may be completed with 120 credits where the candidate has completed a four-year Honours degree in Theology or Ministry with first or second class Honours OR a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology with merit.


Timetables

Click on the relevant campus timetable to find out when the various courses are taking place. If you would like to discuss your study options or become a “student for a day” please contact:

For Henderson and Manukau:
Sue Davidson: [email protected] or 09 837 9769

For Christchurch:
Gill Pawson: [email protected] or 03 354 4270


SEMESTER ONE 2020

S1 2020 International Applications Close 1 November 2019
S1 2020 International Scholarship Applications Close 1 November 2019
Domestic S1 Early Applications Close 3 January 2020
Counselling & Teaching Applications Close 24 January 2020
Auckland Anniversary 27 January 2020
BTeach Year 3 Begins 28 January 2020
Theology Applications Close 31 January 2020
Waitangi Day 6 February 2020
S1 2020 Late Applications Close 14 February 2020
Non-Formal/Interest Only S1 2020 Applications Close 14 February 2020
Semester One Begins 24 February 2020
Online Orientation Begins 24 February 2020
Orientation week All campuses 24-28 February 2020
April Graduation Applications Close 28 February 2020
S2 2019 Supplementary Exams 28 February 2020
Course Add/Delete End Date 6 March 2020
Programme Withdrawal End Date 13 March 2020
Semester 2 Applications Open 16 March 2020
Intensives Week 23-27 March 2020
BTeach Camp 26 March & 27 March 2020
Auckland Graduation Ceremony 4 April 2020
Good Friday 10 April 2020
Easter Monday 13 April 2020
Mid-Term Break 10-27 April 2020
ANZAC Day Observed 27 April 2020
S2 International Applications Close 1 May 2020
Returning Students S2 Course Selections Open 18 May 2020
S2 Early Applications Close 29 May 2020
Queen’s Birthday 1 June 2020
S1 Course Evaluations Open 8 June 2020
S2 Counselling & Teaching Applications Close 19 June 2020
Semester One Ends 26 June 2020
S2 Theology Applications Close 26 June 2020
S1 Supplementary Exams 24 July 2020
Mid-Year Break 29 June – 17 July

SEMESTER TWO 2020

S2 2020 International Applications Close 1 May 2020
Returning Students Course Selections Open 18 May 2020
S2 2020 Early Applications Close 29 May 2020
Queen’s Birthday 1 June 2020
S2 2020 Counselling & Teaching Applications Close 19 June 2020
S2 2020 Theology Applications Close 26 June 2020
Mid-Year Break 29 June to 17 July 2020
S1 2020 Course Evaluations Close 3 July 2020
S2 2020 Non-Formal/Interest Only Applications Close 10 July 2020
S2 2020 Late Applications Close 10 July 2020
Semester Two Begins 20 July 2020
Online Orientation Begins 20 July 2020
Orientation All Campuses 20-24 July 2020
S1 2020 Supplementary Exams 24 July 2020
S2 2020 Course Add/Delete End Date 31 July 2020
S2 2020 Programme Withdrawal End Date 7 August 2020
Summer Semester 2020/2021 Applications Open 10 August 2020
S1 2021 Applications Open 10 August 2020
Intensives Week 17-21 August 2020
Mid-Term Break 28 September to 09 October 2020
Returning Students Course Selections for 2021 12 October 2020
Summer Semester Early Applications Close 16 October 2020
Labour Day 26 October 2020
December Graduation Applications Close 30 October 2020
S1 2021 International Applications Close 1 November 2020
S2 2020 Course Evaluations Open 2 November 2020
Summer School Applications Close 6 November 2020
Canterbury Anniversary (Christchurch) 13 November 2020
Semester Two Ends 20 November 2020
2020/2021 Summer Semester Begins 23 November 2020
2020 Programme Evaluations Open 7 December 2020
Christchurch Graduation Ceremony 11 December 2020
Christmas Break Laidlaw Closed 21 December 2020 to 04 January 2021