Carey Graduate School


Carey Graduate School equips Christian leaders to integrate theological research with contemporary contexts and communities for more robust accounts of Christian faith and practice.

Carey Graduate School helps equip Christian leaders to deepen their knowledge through fresh and creative integrative theology. At Carey, integrative theology is applied theology.

We explore the interrelationship between Christian faith, practice, and contexts in order to understand God’s missional purposes for the renewal of individuals, communities, cultures and all creation. As a result, thesis topics can be wide ranging and deeply engaged in contemporary concerns of theology, the church, and God’s mission in our contexts. They draw from a range of research methodologies to enquire into the intersection of theology and lived reality. Our primary aim is to resource the church and society
with compelling insights into the redemptive possibilities of the Christian faith for our time and place. This approach invites disciplinary research within the field of theological study, as well as cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches that explore the intersection of theology and other academic disciplines.

The goal is to develop a body of rigorous theological research that will both inform and encourage ongoing consideration within the wider church.

Come and join a community of scholars, researchers and ministry practitioners as together we undertake research that is grounded in academically informed contextual and cultural reflection.

Nau mai, haere mai ki te kura paetahi ō Carey.


2021 Courses

Discover the range of courses on offer in 2021. The topics are wide ranging and designed to help you deeply engage in contemporary concerns of theology, the church, and God’s mission.

Courses include:

Kingdom Economics

Theology, Race and Church

Discipleship and Gospel Transformation

Intercultural Bible Reading and

Research Methods in Applied Theology


Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology

Carey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Theology provides an advanced theological qualification for pastors and other Christian ministry and missional practitioners and those wishing to pursue advanced academic study.

Master of Applied Theology

Carey’s Master of Applied Theology provides an advanced theological qualification for pastors and other Christian ministry and missional practitioners and those wishing pursue a doctoral qualification.

Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy

Carey has an agreement with AUT University to sponsor students and supervise MPhil and PhD theses in all areas of biblical, theological, and applied theology. There is increased potential for students to conduct interdisciplinary research through this relationship.

Wide range of thesis subjects

Thesis subjects are wide ranging and practical in nature highlighting the applied nature of theology at Carey and impact study has at the coalface of mission and ministry.

Recent thesis include:

  • A study of disaster chaplaincy during the 2011 Canterbury Earthquake

  • The Place of Prayer in Decision Making: Explorations in New Zealand Baptist Pastors’ Experiences

  • A Challenge for Unity: Inter-Congregational Relationship in Chinese Immigrant Churches in Auckland

  • Puna O Te Ora: Exploring the legacy of Baptist Maori Mission

World-class staff and Supervisors

Our teaching staff are highly qualified and respected academics at the cutting edge of Applied Theology research.

Research Conference

 A thriving research environment is fostered at Carey with students supervised by staff actively engaged in research.

Carey holds an annual Research Conference as a celebration of applied theological research and academic dialogue amongst staff, supervisors and students.

This will be held on 23rd September 2021. More details will come later.

Scholarships are available

Bridging Graduate Diploma

Alumni Stories

Darren Ayling

The content of the papers in the Masters of Applied Theology has been excellent. I’ve found the courses have been personally formative and added depth to my work as a pastor in a Baptist church in Wellington. I’d recommend post-graduate study at Carey to anyone looking to develop and enhance ministry praxis.