Bachelor of Theology

Course Code 4871
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Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available

Location Lake Macquarie
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Avondale's Bachelor of Theology (BTh) gives you the opportunity to study the theological disciplines for either personal interest or as a preparation for postgraduate study and a possible academic career in theology. 

The course covers areas such as biblical studies, biblical languages, theology, and Christian history.

The BTh will prepare you for work in a range of not-for-profit and church organisations as well as government and private organisations. With strong industry contacts and one-on-one support, you are provided the opportunity to be work-ready upon graduation. 

Career Opportunities

While the course does not provide a pathway into the employed ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it does give students a theological foundation and an opportunity for spiritual development. The BTh also presents a possible pathway into a coursework masters degree.

Admission Criteria


  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12.
  • Minimum ATAR of 63.00 or equivalent (e.g. OP of 15 or less).
  • Applicants who do not have a high enough ATAR may be admitted if they have completed a Certificate IV level qualification.

Students who are enrolled in Bachelor of Theology course who choose to take CHMN or CHPL coded units must also meet the following requirements:

  • A National Police Check
  • A current Working with Children Check (this needs to be for the state in which they will undergo study)
  • A signed Acceptance of the Code of Professional Ethics for Avondale Seminary
  • AdSafe certificate of completion for Safer Churches Training


Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy found at   Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements


Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as per the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

Course Structure

Course duration: Three years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus with distance education available for some units
Maximum time to complete: Eight years.

24 units of 6 credit points spread over 3 years of full time study as follows:

  • 3 core units composed of two units of Biblical languages, and one introductory Psychology unit
  • 5 Theological studies units including one at 300 level
  • 5 Biblical studies units including one at 300 level
  • 3 additional Biblical studies units or theology units ( including at least 2 x 300 level units) to complete either a Biblical studies or theological studies major
  • 4 units that compose a minor
  • 4 elective units

The following units should be taken as early as possible in the course:

  • BBNT26110
  • THEO16110



This course is accredited under Avondale’s self-accrediting authority, within the terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework, and is nationally registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). In 2014 Avondale was granted self-accrediting status by TEQSA.

The course is recognised by the Board of Ministerial and Theological Education of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Avondale is also a member of the Australia/New Zealand Association of Theological Schools.

Registration and Self-Disclosure

Students who elect to do Church Ministry units must meet requirements for placement including a National Police Check and a Working with Children Check

Where to get further information

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Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
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Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon

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"This course has exposed me to a wide range of belief systems and theology, as well as grounding me more firmly in my beliefs. My lecturers and classmates are a constant inspiration. My Avondale experience has left me loving God more and better equipped to serve Him." - Ministry and Theology graduate.