Bachelor of Christian Studies

Course Description

The Bachelor of Christian Studies provides students with a coherent program of general theological study that enables them to apply a Christian perspective to all aspects of their life, including their profession and vocation.

The Bachelor of Christian Studies is an integrative degree and incorporates one-year full-time equivalent of degree-level study in a non-theological field (of which at least 75% must form a coherent area of study, eg. business, psychology, comparative religions etc.) from an Australian University. The credit from these institutions is applied to a student’s Bachelor of Christian Studies record, with 32 credit points from an external provider. This non-ACT study should preferably be done alongside the study of the ACT units. Please note that this component of the course is subject to the ACT’s senescence Policy.

See the ACT website for the full list of course learning outcomes.

Entry Requirements
  • ATAR: Completion of Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above; OR
  • Previous Qualifications: Successful completion of a qualification at AQF Level 5 or above; OR
  • Demonstrate Academic Suitability for course: Test, Brief Essay, or Interview.
  • Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
Study Pathway

Further study pathways could include the BMin/BTh double degree; Grad Cert Div; Grad Dip Div; MTS (with advanced standing); BMin (Hons) or BTh (Hons) (assuming the required GPA is achieved)

Career Options

This degree is designed to integrate theological reflection with the particular occupational and/or life interests of students, incorporating fields of non-theological study as credit towards the course. Graduates can reasonably expect to become a member of a non-theological profession with well-informed knowledge of the essential content of the Christian tradition.

Credit Points

24 units (288 credit points) at AQF level 5 an above. This includes 96 credit points advanced standing from another qualification in another discipline.
The ACT component of this course consists of 16 units (192 credit points) including a minimum of 6 units (72 credit points) at AQF level 7.

Course Duration

For ACT component: 3 years minimum, 6 years maximum. 

Study Modes

Morling College units are available both on-campus and online.

Campuses this course is delivered at:

Sydney Campus & Perth Campus

Course Structure

OT001 & OT002 Old Testament Introduction 24
NT001 & NT002 New Testament Introduction 24
CH Church History 12
TH Theology 12
CH/TH/PE Christian Thought 24
OT/NT Biblical Exegesis Units 24
IN200-712 Independent Study Project at AQF level 7 12
AQF LEVEL 5 or above    Electives from any field 60
At least one year of full-time equivalent degree-level study in a non-theological field from an approved educational institution. 96

The ACT component of this course consists of 16 units (192 credit points)
including a minimum of 6 units (72 credit points) at AQF level 7.

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.