Bachelor of Theology

Admission requirements: ATAR of 65+ or evidence of academic suitability

The SMBC Bachelor of Theology (BTh) is designed to prepare you for full-time vocational ministry. At AQF level 7, it’s ideal for those without an undergraduate degree. It can be studied full-time or part-time.

The Bachelor will give you comprehensive biblical foundations (Old Testament and New Testament) along with deeper study of theology, ethics, church history, missions, preaching and pastoral care. It also provides electives to allow you to choose areas to specialise in and opportunities to integrate your studies with the contemporary world. A requirement of this course is study of the biblical languages.

Studying the Bachelor full-time will also provide you the opportunity to concurrently do the SMBC Certificate in Bible and Mission (CBM). The CBM gives you access to all the benefits of SMBC’s expertise in spiritual formation, cross-cultural mission and pastoral ministry.  It includes some extra classes, community activities, conferences and College Mission.

The Bachelor also opens up pathways to further study at masters level, for example, the Master of Theological Studies. If for any reason your circumstances make it not possible to complete your Bachelor studies, it is possible to graduate with a Diploma (which requires 96 credit points) or Associate Degree (which requires 192 credit points).

The Bachelor of Theology will equip you to preach, teach and provide leadership in ministry and mission – in Australia and overseas. It is well recognised by most denominations and mission agencies.

Course AQF level: 7 (units are taken at level 5/6/7)​
Full-time: 3 years
Maximum time: 9 years
Credit points: 288
Delivery mode: units that can credit towards this course are delivered in a variety of on-campus and off-campus, semester-length and intensive options
Available to overseas students: yes, CRICOS Code: 054676J
Admission 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.


If you are interested in this course, please feel free to contact our registrars for more information here

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology. For more detailed information on this course see the ACT course overview and ACT Coursework Course Enrolment Policy.


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Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) is an Affiliated College of the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS: 02650E
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