Bachelor of Theology

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Bachelor of Theology

Taught from a faith-oriented perspective, CSU’s Bachelor of Theology will equip you for Christian ministry or leadership and broaden your horizons. The course is theologically and biblically rich as well as vocationally oriented.

Integrated with practical experience, the course offers a flexible learning environment, online and on campus at four study locations. The course also offers international study trips to deepen appreciation of historical and cultural dimensions of the Christian tradition.



CSU’s globally recognised Bachelor of Theology fosters the search for meaning and spiritual depth in the context of cultural and religious pluralism in contemporary Australia.

  • Connect history with emerging practice
    Learn about ways in which God speaks, explore ways the Church has spoken about God, reflect carefully on your speech about God, and combine theory with practice in communicating God’s care for the world in your own contexts. Study support is readily available throughout your exploration of theology and we’re here to help.
  • Build strong theological foundations
    Be introduced to four main sub-disciplines of theology through Biblical studies, church history, systematic and practical theology subjects. You’ll also have the opportunity to choose elective subjects within these disciplines allowing you to tailor your study to meet your interests.
  • Take your learning experience to your community
    Deepen your faith and understanding in the context in which you live and work as you develop frameworks for critical and constructive engagement in church and society. To enable you to pursue ordination or other forms of ministry, the course is offered in conjunction with St Mark’s National Theological Centre in Canberra, the United Theological College in North Parramatta, St Francis’ Theological College in Brisbane and St Barnabas’ College in Adelaide.
  • Enrich your theology learning with another area of interest
    You can choose to study theology subjects only or integrate your study with another area of interest to enrich your learning. Choosing subjects that are vocationally oriented, ecumenically sensitive and integrated with practical experience will help you pursue ordination or professional ministry. There is a wide range of learning opportunities if you wish to explore your faith and beliefs as well as those of other traditions.
  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • Online
  • Classroom-based

Indicative ATAR is 65.00

Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, or New Zealand citizens:

Applicants should have one of the following for admission to the CSU Bachelor of Theology:

  • an ATAR of 65 or higher; or
  • successful study at university level (minimum two subjects); or
  • TAFE Cert III or higher VET qualification or equivalent industry qualifications; or
  • successful completion of TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC) or a bridging program; or
  • relevant industry experience of at least two years – this may include, but is not limited to, Church or NGO-type ministry, nursing or related healthcare professions (“the caring professions”), and school teaching at any level; or
  • partial completion of TAFE Diploma level study (minimum 50 per cent).

English Language Proficiency
Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to CSU’s website for the specific details on language requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.

The full degree comprises 24 subjects, beginning with core subjects that introduce the four discipline areas and a biblical language subject. Higher-level subjects give more focus and deeper analysis in the discipline areas. It is
possible to add up to four subjects from a non-theology discipline to this degree structure. Provided required core subjects are covered, students in this degree program may exit early either with an Associate Degree in Theology (16 subjects) or a Diploma of Theology (8 subjects).

A full list of subjects and electives is available on the CSU website.

Core Subjects


One Biblical Language subject chosen from:

  • Introduction to Biblical Languages
  • New Testament Greek 1
  • Biblical Hebrew 1
  • Introduction to Old Testament Studies
  • Introduction to New Testament Studies
  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Being the Church
  • Jesus the Christ
  • The Rise of Christianity to 600 CE
  • The European Reformations 1400–1700
  • Liturgical Theology
  • Practical Theology


  • 10 core subjects
  • 6 restricted electives
  • 4 core subjects
  • 4 restricted electives


In some subjects, you will be expected to engage in reflection on practice as part of your assessment. Theology International Study Experience can be credited for one subject in the Bachelor of Theology.

Skills and attributes from theology and ministry are valued in a broad range of settings.

  • Institutional settings — Ordained ministry in either the Anglican or Uniting Church. Chaplaincy in a variety of institutional settings, such as schools, military, prisons, police, ambulance, hospital, trade and industry.
  • Social welfare and support organisations — Work in the social welfare arms of charities and the church including overseas development aid, communication functions and pastoral care.
  • Transfer your skills to other areas of work — The generalist skills and specialist vocational training provided by this course are also transferable to many other fields where you will work closely with individuals and communities.

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