Master of Religious Education

Available to:
Domestic students only.
  • Blacktown
  • Online

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Domestic students


The Master of Religious Education is for students with a special interest in religious education at school, parish, or diocesan level. It will enable religious educators to become thinkers, researchers, evaluators and leaders in their field.

This is a relevant, flexible and challenging Masters degree that produces graduates who can:

  • access and communicate Christian and other religious traditions effectively
  • explore and critique issues in the literature of religious education
  • contribute to the professional discussion and writing in the field of religious education
  • demonstrate familiarity with creative approaches to religious education
  • assess the influence of cultural and historical factors in the development of religious education
  • reflect critically on the integration of the personal, spiritual and professional dimensions of religious education.

Course duration

1.5 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Online
  • Blacktown (Multi-mode)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Note: Please contact the Course Administrator for further details –

Deferment, credit points & course units


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.

Credit Points


Exit Point

A student who has completed the requirements prescribed for the Graduate Certificate in Religious Education, Graduate Diploma in Religious Education or Postgraduate Certificate in Religious Education may exit from the course with that award.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - To be advised
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - July

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $18128 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

  1. Bachelor degree in Education; or
  2. Bachelor degree in an area other than Education; and
    1. a recognised teaching qualification; or
    2. a Graduate Diploma in Educational Studies or equivalent.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Direct Applications

Career paths

This course is designed to provide qualifications for those interested in pursuing a career as a religious educator.

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7.0.Individual score of 6.0 in all tests.

Pathways to further study

Graduates may progress to research higher degree, doctoral programs.

Contacts for future students


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