The Bachelor of Theology degree is a primary qualification in theology and is the basis for further study at postgraduate level. It is a broad course combining both theological and practical studies. All relevant components and course units of the Bachelor of Theology are normally completed over three years.
At present, the Bachelor of Theology serves as the principal means of training men for ordination or active ministry within the Church and, as such, admission to this program is limited to male applicants aspiring to this end. After satisfying the requirements of the Bachelor of Theology, students may be eligible to complete the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) program or to complete a postgraduate course of study determined by Faculty.
At all times, applicants are advised that completion of their studies does not constitute a guarantee of ordination in the Orthodox Church. Among other things, applicants considering ordination should keep in mind that the years of education and training at St Andrew's serve as a period of discernment, and that ordination itself is regulated by the canon law of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Application of the relevant canons as well as the establishment and application of any other requirements relating to ordination lies exclusively with the competent ecclesiastical authority. Applicants who have questions concerning their eligibility for ordination should consult with their appropriate ecclesiastical authority. They may also seek further information from the Registrar.
Although part-time study is available, priority is given to prospective full-time students during the admissions process.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF):
An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 65, or its equivalent; or
Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 21; or
Articulation from other Sydney College of Divinity programs.
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.
216 credit points (i.e. 24 units)
Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS, or equivalent) score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in all bands of the ‘academic format’ of the test.
Tuition Fees and Financial Support:
$900 per 9 credit points, taken at 7100-7300 level. Full time students are normally provided with a scholarship which may include free room and board within the college dormitory (subject to approval) and pays for up to 70% of the tuition fees. FEE-HELP is available (conditions apply).
Vocational and Career Paths:
Graduates may be called to discern a vocation to ordination under the guidance of the appropriate Church authority, or to pursue a range of career options in areas such as church administration, tertiary academia, primary and secondary teaching, social work, and chaplaincy within hospitals and aged‐care homes, correctional services, police and defence forces, and universities. They can also pursue careers in other areas that utilise the skills they have acquired in their degree, such as civil service, law, research, journalism and media, administration, and public relations.
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