If you already have an undergraduate qualification, but you want to get serious about in-depth biblical study and ministry work, then the Master of Divinity is the program for you.
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 such as the Gospels, Paul’s letters, or the Psalms. You’ll have a chance to learn and study the Bible in the languages it was originally written in; you’ll gain an understanding of the long history and purpose of the church across the world; and you’ll be addressing major theological doctrines of grace, eschatology and even God Himself. You can then choose to specialise in the areas that most fit your intended career path, focusing on pastoral ministry and preaching, cross-cultural mission, or more comprehensive biblical studies.
Most churches are quite happy that the Master of Divinity fulfils all the academic requirements for ordination, although a small amount of denomination-specific training might still be expected from some. Ministry organisations also recognise this program as excellent preparation for mission work, both practically and spiritually. And if you’re interested in pursuing advanced theological study, this course will open up the path to our Master of Theology or Doctor of Theology programs.
To be able to study the Master of Divinity at BST you need to have an undergraduate degree in a non-theological discipline. (If you already have an undergraduate qualification in Theology then take a look at the Master of Arts in Theology or Master of Arts in Ministry programs.)
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 7.0. The restrictions of a student visa also mean that you’ll have to study full-time.
If you study the MMin 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, four from Exegesis, two from Church History, four from Christian Thought, and two from Languages. You also have to complete Field Education, Spiritual Formation, an eight credit point Project, as well as four 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.
James Siong-Ung Kong
Assistant Pastor at Camberwell Methodist Church (Australia)
“Doing an MDiv at BST taught me so much about godly and servant leadership. The community living helped me learn to support and encourage others, to be patient and considerate and humble. The small group I was in gave me a chance to practice good discipline in studying God’s word and also how to share and pray with others. And the great and knowledgeable teaching staff made the lectures so helpful, and showed me how to put into practice what I was learning. The whole college experience shaped my life as a disciple of Christ and prepared me for this role now growing other disciples. I thank God.”
This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.