Bachelor of Applied Theology

NZQF Level: 5-7
NZQF Credits: 360
Duration: 3 Year (full-time)
Intakes: February & July
Study Options: On-site, distance, full-time, part-time, block courses

Programme Summary

The Bachelor of Applied Theology (NZQA Accredited) equips people with a solid theological education at a foundational level and provides students with the understanding and skills for an in-depth application of their faith in order that they may become effective in their leadership and participation in a wide range of Christian mission work and ministry settings. 

The programme combines two core strands of Christian training; Bible and Theology (including Church History), and Mission and Ministry (including Formation and Fieldwork). The goal is to meet the challenge of balancing classroom based study, spirituality and hands-on experience.

Study will also include field education.

Programme Outline

The programme of study is equivalent to three years full-time (360 credits, with a minimum of 75 credits at level 7) comprising of;

at least 150 credits from courses in Bible and Theology,

with at least 30 credits in Bible at level 6 or 7 and at least 15 credits in Theology at level 6 or 7;

    • MB521 Thinking Theologically (15 credits)
    • MB531 Introduction to the Old Testament (15 credits)
    • MB532 Introduction to the New Testament (15 credits)
    • MB526 Insights into Church History (15 credits)
    • MB630 Understanding and Interrogating Culture (15 credits)

And at least 120 credits from courses in Mission, Formation & Ministry;

    • MF501 Reflective Field Education 1 (or equivalent) (15 credits)
    • MS510 Te Ao Maori (15 credits)
    • MM581 Mission of God (15 credits)
    • MS6/705 Christian Spirituality (15 credits)


    • MI700 Integrative Project (15 credits)

For more information on each course view the Course Descriptions.

For a full list of courses view our Schedule of Courses.

Programme Objectives

Upon completion graduates will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Reflect on and manage your own personal faith journey
  • Able to communicate a sound understanding of the Bible and core theological principles
  • Ensure your thinking and actions are informed by a robust Christian worldview
  • Align your knowledge of Biblical principles with practice in a range of life contexts
  • Communicate effectively across different cultural boundaries

Entry Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Applied Theology is open to full-time and part-time New Zealand students and full-time International students.

General Admission

In order to gain admission all applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), with a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, and
  • a minimum of 8 credits in English at Level 2 or higher, 4 credits of which must be in reading and with the remaining 4 in writing.
  • A grade of C or higher in each of the three subjects in New Zealand University Entrance or Bursaries and Scholarships (NZUEBS) examinations.
  • NCEA equivalence which can include:
    • Overseas equivalent qualifications, including IB, CIE or HSC (Australia)
    • Other NZQA Level 4 certificates in a similar discipline
    • Other NZQA Level 5 certificates in a different discipline
    • Evidence of level of academic achievement or a portfolio of work for homeschooled students
    • Reference and supporting documentation from employer

For Special Admission and full information please see the Academic Regulations and Calendar.

International student admission requirements, including English language requirements, can be found here.

Transfer from other Programmes
Students who have completed courses at other institutions may be eligible for cross-credits or recognition of current competency.

What is the cost?

See our full Fees Schedule for costs

When are courses taught?

View our Semester Two 2021 Timetable


Note: The Schedule of courses in the Academic Regulations and Calendar indicates the planned cycle of what courses will be offered in which years.

However, please note that due to timetabling constraints and lecturer availability some courses may not be offered as planned.

Course selection and advice is provided via the Academic Registrar to ensure that your programme of study meets the requirements of the qualification you are enrolled in.


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Being at Carey has shown me the diversity of the church and people of God through the different traditions and expressions the students and lecturers bring and teach. This has helped to both refine some of my convictions but also open my eyes and heart to new ways to know and engage with God