Do you want to explore questions of knowledge, identity, and value, and uncover the meaning and significance of faith? Are you curious about the origin, nature, and future role of religion, in society? If you have an inquisitive and enquiring mind and you’re eager to probe the foundations of the Christian faith, the development of its central teachings and philosophies, and its relationship with the modern world – theology is for you!

Think: Catholic studies, leadership and Catholic culture, biblical studies, contemporary Christian thought, liturgy and sacraments, ministry, philosophy of religion, interreligious dialogue, ancient languages and world religions.

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Why study theology at ACU?


Learn from an international community of academics, in the company of dedicated and enthusiastic students, and benefit from a comprehensive network of global partnerships, world-leading researchers, and a supportive and nurturing environment.


We offer theology at any stage of your life and career journey, accessible at any level of study. There are short courses in theology, certificate and undergraduate programs, postgraduate coursework programs, higher degree research, international study tours, and professional development and in-service opportunities.


Courses are delivered in a variety of modes to complement modern lifestyles – from face-to-face to fully online, semester-long or intensive-mode. Our digital technologies and staff expertise support networked classrooms, so you can have ‘real time’ interactions with students from different campuses and countries.

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Meet our students

Dr Nicole Archard

Theology studies graduate

“The course at ACU appealed because it covered such a broad range of challenging and thought-provoking topics. It also offered the opportunity of a four-week study tour to religious sites in Israel, Jordan, and Palestine, which was a real drawcard for me.

Distance learning offered me the flexibility I needed to continue my education while working and gave me the opportunity to learn from experts all over Australia. The lecturers were hugely supportive, and I felt very much a part of the ACU community.”

With more than 90 courses to choose from, there's one for you


Meet our staff

Dr Gemma Cruz

Senior Lecturer, School of Theology

Dr Gemma Cruz is a Senior Lecturer in Theology based at the ACU Melbourne Campus. Her research expertise and ongoing research interest is on migration theologies, and she is the author of a number of publications on this topic. Dr Cruz is currently involved in several research projects, including an ACU-Georgetown University project on Catholicism in Asia in the context of globalisation.

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