If you’re looking to get serious about in-depth biblical study, and this is your first undergraduate qualification, then the Bachelor of Theology is exactly what you need.
It begins with an overview of the entire biblical text, giving you a great framework as you move into more detailed analysis of key sections. You’ll have a chance to study the Bible in the languages it was originally written in; you can get a better understanding of the history and purpose of the church; and you’ll be getting to grips with major theological doctrines of grace, eschatology and even God Himself. You can then choose the areas in which you want to dig deeper, such as the biblical languages, pastoral ministry, preaching, or biblical studies.
Most churches are quite happy that the Bachelor of Theology fulfils all the academic requirements for ordination, although a small amount of denomination-specific training might still be expected from some. Ministry organisations will also recognise this degree program as excellent preparation for mission work, particularly if you’re interested in a role that involves Bible teaching.
To be able to study the course at BST you need to have a minimum OP score of 16 or equivalent. (If you don’t have an OP score, you will have to demonstrate your academic suitability for the course via an English writing exercise or an interview.)
If you get to the end of the first year of the BTh and decide that you can’t or don’t want to continue studying, at least for now, then you can still be awarded a Diploma of Theology. The same applies after the first two years, when you can leave with an Associate Degree in Theology (see below).
If you’re an international student, and English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test and achieved an average score of 6.5. (The exception to this is if you are a Mandarin-speaker, in which case you can study the Bachelor of Ministry through our Chinese program your average score for your IELTS test needs to be 5.0). The restrictions of a student visa also mean that international students must study full-time.
If you study the BTh full-time it will take six semesters (three years), as you’ll do an average of four units each semester and you need 24 units to complete the course. You can study part-time if it suits you better, as long as you finish the course within nine years. Of your 24 units, four must be from Biblical Introduction, two from Church History, one Language (consists of two units), six from Exegesis, and four from Theology. You also have six elective units which you can choose from any of the sections below.
N.B. Core units are generally offered every year, while elective units are offered in alternative semesters. Please refer to the college timetable to find out what’s being offered.
John and Kathy Harris
Bible teachers and pastors (the Netherlands)
John: “The knowledge and skills I was given in theology and the Bible directly prepared me to teach Old Testament in Ukraine for five years, and they’re still with me now as I preach and teach in our church. Everything I learnt through the BTh continues to be so relevant as we now train the next generation of leaders, preachers and cross-cultural workers.”
Kathy: “Our faithful and dedicated teachers were an amazing example of Christian service that still inspires us in our ministry today. And one of our most positive memories of our years at BST is the great friendships we made with fellow students and staff. We’re still good friends with many of those people who now live and serve all over Australia and the world, and that network of friends is an incredible encouragement to us.”
The Associate Degree is what you’ll be awarded if you begin the Bachelor of Theology program but for some reason can’t, or choose not to, complete it.
As long as you’ve gained 64 credit points (16 units) you can receive the qualification. If at some point in the future you want to continue your studies you may be able to pick up where you left off and those credit points will count towards your Bachelor (this is subject to time constraints, so you will need to speak to our registrar to discuss your options).
This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.