Master Theology

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR551 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR551 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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University of Lausanne | Lausanne, Switzerland
The studies required for the Master of Theology (MTh) degree represent the culmination of the second cycle of basic training in theology. They provide extensive knowledge and skills in several branches of theology.



The Master of Theology offers five areas of study, of which students must choose three. Courses consist of lectures, seminars, sessions and course work. It should be noted that students who wish to join the ministry must choose practical theology. The programme is designed to provide students with extensive knowledge and specific skills in the various fields of theology.

Areas of study:

  • Bible studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Religious studies
  • Ethics and systematic theology
  • Practical theology

Academic calendar

Programme outline

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Master of Theology

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters), 120 ECTS credits

Courses, 90 credits

Area 1, 30 credits

Area 2, 30 credits

Area 3, 30 credits

Dissertation, 30 credits

Courses in the history of Christianity, ethics and systematic theology are offered at the University of Geneva: those in Bible studies and religious studies at the University of Lausanne; and those in practical theology at the University of Neuchâtel. For more information, visit:


Students may go on exchange regardless of how many credits they have completed at the Faculty. Students may earn no more than 30 credits (or spend no more than one semester) on exchange.

Career opportunities

A Master of Theology leads to a number of opportunities in a variety of fields, such as: academic research (doctorate, post-doctorate), ecclesiastical professions (ministry, chaplaincy), social services (marriage counsellor, care, support), the media (journalism, communications), human resources, government and non-governmental organisations, the book industry (publishing, bookshops).


Faculty of Theology: Uni Bastions, 5 rue De-Candolle, 1211 Genève 4

Student affairs: T. +41 (0)22 379 74 22 (le matin)

Academic advisors: Bachelor´s, PhD, certificate Mr Christophe Pisteur T. +41 (0)22 379 72 55

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Autumn semester : 30 April; Spring semester : 30 November
Tuition fee
  • EUR 551 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 551 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


CHF 580 per semester, During the online application process, applicants with a foreign degree will be charged an administrative fee of 65 CHF, to be deducted from the first-semester tuition fees.

Start date , February 2017 Autumn semester: mid-September Spring semester: mid-February
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Students choose three branches from among the five proposed: Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Systematic Theology and Ethics, Practical Theology, and Religious Studies. Teaching takes the form of courses, semi-nars, intensive sessions or practical work.

The Masterís runs over 4 semesters.ExaminationsCourses are validated by internal validations as indicated by teaching staff at the start of the semester.In every area of specialisation studied, the final exam is obligatory if the area of specialisation is not the subject of the dissertation and is optional otherwise. This examination may take the form of a written or oral test or a library research project

The student chooses 3 branches from 5 for a total of 90 ECTS.
Added to this is a Masterís dissertation worth 30 ECTS.

Biblical Studies

  • Exegesis of the Old and New Testament, Inter-testamentary and Apocryphal Christian Literatures30 ECTS
History of Christianity
  • Key periods in the history of Christianity, study of sources, cross-disciplinary subjects30 ECTS
Systematic Theology and Ethics
  • Study of the problems and challenges of the Christian tradition; Fundamental Ethics and Applied Ethics30 ECTS
Practical Theology
  • Pedagogy of Religion, Homiletics and Liturgy, Pastoral Dialogue, Ecclesiology30 ECTS
Study of Religions
  • History of Religions, Psychology and Sociology of Religions, Judaism, Religions of India, Migrations30 ECTSMasterís Dissertation30 ECTS

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the French language. Find French courses on Language Learning Portal.


Level of French required

Eliminatory general test and additional written test for non-Francophones with the exception of the following cases:

Admission criteria

A Bachelor of Theology or equivalent degree

Enrolment at one of the three faculties of theology (Geneva, Lausanne or Neuchâtel)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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