Bachelor of Arts (Major: Theology)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

Whether you would like to enter the ministry or you are on a personal spiritual journey, this degree offers the opportunity to examine the essential teachings and beliefs of the Catholic Church. Throughout the course of this degree you will look at topics such as the sacraments, scripture, liturgy, the prophets and moral theology. Upon graduation, you will have developed a detailed understanding of the complexities of Catholic faith.

  • Why study this major?

    Theology holds a central place in the life of any Catholic university, and the Theology Major provides essential building blocks for those wishing to become involved in various ministries within the Christian community. Through this Major, you will develop the skills to examine Scripture and Traditions to grow your understanding of the Catholic faith. You will also cover a number of topics including Christian Spirituality, the Psalms and Wisdom, the Reformation and the Liturgy.

    Theology is available as a Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

    Bachelor of Arts
    Bachelor of Behavioural Science
    Bachelor of Communications and Media (second Major and Minor)
    Bachelor of Science (Minor only)

    You can also complete a 3 year Bachelor of Theology degree.

  • Structure of Theology Major in the Bachelor of Arts

    The Theology Major includes these requirements:

    This Major (8 courses per Major) is comprised of these courses. All courses are 25 units of credit.

    More information about the courses can be found at the course descriptions page.

    ANY APPROVED Theology course, including CORE1030 Introduction to Theology, providing that:

    • NO MORE than THREE (3) 1000 level (first year) THEO courses are taken; and
    • AT LEAST TWO (2) 3000 level (third year) THEO courses are taken.

    To a TOTAL of eight (8) courses.

    Please see the School of Philosophy and Theology for information regarding which approved Theology courses are available on your campus.

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the Major, Second Major and Minor requirements.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experinece

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    The following careers are open to graduates of this program:

    • Pastoral counsellor
    • Parish coordinator
    • Church youth worker
    • Church agency worker
    • Teacher (upon completion of a postgraduate teaching qualification)
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Theology), please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email

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