Master of Theology
The Master of Theology provides a unique opportunity to train professionally competent scholars, leaders and managers in a wide range of careers. Graduates engage in cutting edge research and critical exploration of contemporary issues. Developing specialised skills in fields such as Theology, Biblical Studies and Christian History.
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Welcome from Program Director
With an exciting vision to train professionally competent scholars, leaders and managers in a wide range of careers, the Alphacrucis College MTh provides a unique opportunity to engage in cutting edge research and critical exploration of contemporary issues. Developing specialised skills in fields such as Theology, Biblical Studies and Christian History, students will be trained to communicate complex ideas and propose solutions to a wide audience, as well as design and implement an advanced research thesis. Students also have a selection of electives, which range from Ancient Languages to Marketing, to add to their learning experience.
Graduates of the MTh will have advanced knowledge of theological studies, including recent developments and approaches in the area of their discipline specialisation. They will demonstrate knowledge and skills in research using methodologies applicable to their discipline. The advanced research thesis provides the opportunity for students to synthesise what they have learned by engaging a particular issue in their area of specialisation. The MTh also provides a pathway into doctorate level studies.
With internationally acclaimed lecturers who bring not only academic expertise but practical experience into the classroom, the Alphacrucis College MTh will provide an educational experience of holistic formation which prepares students to change the world.
Dr Van Shore
The Master of Theology is designed to prepare graduates for ministry within church, academic and community settings. Graduates of the MTh will have an advanced knowledge of theological studies, including a working knowledge of recent developments and approaches in the area of their discipline specialisation.
Graduates of the MTh will demonstrate the following outcomes:
- advanced and integrated understanding of theological studies specific to their discipline
- understanding of general research principles and methods, and advanced knowledge of specific research approaches used in the selected disciplinary field
- communicate effectively complex ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences
- critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the selected disciplinary field
- articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the selected disciplinary field to develop appropriate solutions
- design and implement a major research project in the selected disciplinary field
Who Is It For?
The MTh award is ideal for:
- graduates of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in theology, ministry or equivalent who wish to undertake deeper theological reflection
- those seek a postgraduate award in which they can undertaken advanced research of complex issues
- those who seek a pathway into doctoral studies and an academic career
- Full Time: 1.5 years
- Part-time: Up to 7 years
2015 fee information for this course can be found ont he Higher Ed Indicative Fee Schedule.
The course consists of 120 credit points comprising:
- one research methods unit: 20 credit points (Core)
- two 20 credit point subjects, at 600 level,to be taken from the area of specialisation (Major);
- 20 credit points, at 500 level or above, to be taken from a discipline outside the specialisation(Elective Subjects)
- one 40 credit point research project (20,000 words) in area of discipline (Core)
|Core subjects||RES601 Research Methods||20|
|RES602 Research Project||40|
20 credit points, at 500 level or above, to be taken from a discipline outside the specialisation
This includes the following:
BIB601 Methods in Biblical Studies; BIB602 Seminar Presentation of Research in Biblical Studies; BIB603 Pentecostal Hermeneutics; BIB604 Prophetic Traditions; HIS601 Theory and Practice in Christian History; HIS602 Producing Christian History; HIS603 Pentecostalism in Australasia; THE601 Theologians: Method and Meaning; THE602 Seminar Presentation of Theological Research
Any 500 level subject from a currently accredited Alphacrucis College program.
BIB601 Methods in Biblical Studies
BIB602 Seminar Presentation of Research in Biblical Studies;
HIS601 Theory and Practice in Christian History And one of the following:
HIS602 Producing Christian History;
HIS603 Pentecostalism in Australasia.
THE601 Theologians: Method and Meaning THE602 Seminar Presentation of Theological Research
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Rev. Associate Professor Denise Austin (faculty profile)
Rev. Associate Professor Jacqueline Grey (faculty profile)
Graduating with a BA in 1994, Jacqui served as the AOG chaplain and campus director for Students For Christ at Sydney University until 1998. After studying at Southern Cross, she completed her honours and doctoral studies through CSU, graduating in 2006. Jacqui has served as the Student Dean (2002-2005), Dean of Christian Studies (2006-2008) and Academic Dean of the College (2009-2014). Currently, Jacqui is associate professor of Biblical Studies, specialising in Old Testament studies. Her publications include Them, Us and Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today, Raising Women Leaders (edited volume with Shane Clifton), and Three's A Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics and the Old Testament as well as various articles and book chapters. Jacqui is an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches, and speaks regularly at local and international events. She has also appeared on various national TV and radio programs in Australia, including the ABC TV's Q&A program. Jacqui is committed to the mission of higher education in the church, and provides assistance to Pentecostal colleges in developing their institutional goals. She currently serves on the executive of the Society of Pentecostal Studies, and is part of the steering committee for Biblical Ethics in the Society of Biblical Literature. Her research interests include pentecostal hermeneutics, prophetic literature and feminist readings of Scripture. Jacqui is a member of Mountains Church (a church plant of Hawkesbury Church). She loves travelling, photography, art and coffee with friends.
Jacqui is a member of the TEQSA Register of Experts.
Dr. Philip Lee (faculty profile)
Professor Paul Oslington (faculty profile)
Paul Oslington joined Alphacrucis in January 2013. He held a Chair jointly in the School of Business and School of Theology at Australian Catholic University from 2008-2013, and continues there as an Adjunct Professor. Before that he was Associate Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at University of Oxford in 1999, University of British Columbia and Regent College Vancouver in 2003, and Princeton Theological Seminary and University in 2006/7. His PhD in Economics and Master of Economics/Econometrics with Honours were completed at the University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Divinity through Melbourne College of Divinity.
Dr Van Shore (faculty profile)
Van is married to Heazle and they have two adult children, Ben married to Lani and Amy married to Seng. Van loves to laugh and celebrate with others their uniqueness in God and enjoys walking, bird watching, tennis and good food. He has almost 20 years of pastoral ministry and teaching experience.
In 2009, Van was selecetd along with a number of New Testament scholars throughout Australia to write a chapter in The Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition (Eerdmans, 2010). Dr Mark Harding and Dr Alana Nobbs co-edited the work. Van's chapter was called "The Titles of Jesus".
In 2011, Van also authored two books: The Art of Not Disappearing (River Publishing, UK), and in 2011-2012, while living in Bangkok, he wrote his second book, The Art of Not Getting Lost on the Way Home. This was prior to joining the staff at the Alphacrucis College.
Van serves as the Program Director for the Doctor of Ministry and Master of Theology.
Rev. Dr. Adam White (faculty profile)
Adam began his working career as a spraypainter and from there moved into ministry as a youth pastor then an associate pastor at Riverlands Christian Church in Penrith. Then at the age of 25 he felt called to study theology at Southern Cross College (now AC); this continued through an honours degree up to a Doctorate of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He is married to Rachel and has a daughter named Sophia and son named Alexander.
IELTS for overseas students is 7.0 or higher with no band scores lower than 6.5. Applicants with an equivalent English language test results may also be considered.
Academic Entry Requirements
Completion of a ministry or theology undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or equivalent.
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIB601 - Methods in Biblical Studies
1. Display a detailed understanding of the historical development of the theory and practice of methods in biblical studies. This includes:
- Historical-critical methods
- Literary approaches
- Ideological criticisms
- social-scientific theories
2. Critically evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of difference approaches to biblical studies;
3. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in using methods of biblical studies;
4. Demonstrate advanced skills in biblical exegesis.Unit detail page >>
- BIB602 - Seminar Presentation of Research in Biblical Studies
1. Propose a topic of research within biblical studies and formulate a research proposal;
2. Demonstrate advanced research skills, critical engagement with alternate perspectives and the ability to make a solid argument;
3. Utilise an appropriate method to develop a coherent argument on selected issues or passages;Unit detail page >>
- HIS601 - Theory and Practice in Christian History
1. Display a detailed understanding of historical theory and practice;Unit detail page >>
2. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the origins of Christian historical thought;
3. Display perceptive understanding of the major emphases which typified Christian historical thought and practice from the Enlightenment to the Postcolonial era;
4. Critically evaluate the validity, usefulness and consequences of difference approaches to historical inquiry;
5. Demonstrate advanced proficiency in the processes of historical inquiry;
6. Use critical judgment to evaluate the contributions of major schools of contemporary historiography;
7. Critically analyse the implications of writing contemporary history from a Christian perspective.
- HIS602 - Producing Christian History
1. Display a detailed understanding of the major issues and challenges involved in producing public and professional Christian history;Unit detail page >>
2. Critically evaluate the methods and skills used by historians, including those used to study key figures, movements, issues and time periods;
3. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the interaction of the historian with the wider society and use this knowledge to better appreciate the historian’s place in history and society;
4. Display an appreciation of the particular challenges facing the Christian historian and the strengths and limitations of producing Christian history;
5. Exhibit an advanced ability to research the historical record from primary and secondary sources and critically analyse the results;
6. Demonstrate proficiency in producing publishable historical research for a contemporary audience.
- HIS603 - Pentecostalism in Australasia
1. Display a detailed knowledge of the origins of Pentecostalism;Unit detail page >>
2. Demonstrate an extensive understanding of the foundations and early development of Pentecostalism in Australasia;
3. Recognise and explain the impact and ramifications of the charismatic renewal in Australasia;
4. Exhibit an advanced ability to research the historical record from primary and secondary sources and critically analyse the results;
5. Demonstrate a thorough appreciation of the contributions of Pentecostalism to Christianity in Australasia;
6. Critically evaluate the emergent relationship between Pentecostalism and broader Australasian communities;
7. Critically analyse contemporary Pentecostal movements in Australasia in the light of historical record.
- RES601 - Research Methods
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- RES602 - Research Project
Description: Students will undertaken an in-depth independent research project, in consultation with an approved supervisor. The research project should be in the area of specialisation (either Theology, Biblical Studies or History). Unit detail page >>
- THE601 - Theologians: Method and Meaning
1. Explain the contribution of selected theologians central to Christian tradition (pre-20th century) to contemporary thought and practice;Unit detail page >>
2. Compare, contrast and evaluate the theological insights of selected authors;
3. Summarise the theological method of key 20/21st century theologians and explain the way this frames their theology;
4. Present research conclusions to peers and engage in constructive and critical dialogue.
- THE602 - Seminar Presentation of Theological Research
1. explain the epistemological perspectives of contemporary western culture and discriminate between alternate theological responses;Unit detail page >>
2. propose a topic of research on a contemporary theological issue and formulate a research proposal;
3. demonstrate advanced research skills, critical engagement with alternate perspectives and the ability to make a solid argument;
4. utilise an appropriate theological method to develop a coherent argument on selected theological issues;
5. present the results of research to peers and respond critically and generously to the research of others.
- XXX610 - Independent Guided Study in...
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- XXX611 - Colloquium in ....
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