Theology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • French
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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.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


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
Career opportunities

In addition to advanced skills in very varied fields, the Master of Theology develops inde- pendence of thought and the ability to organ- ise work independently. These intellectual and human qualities offer interesting career prospects in many areas (depending on spe- cialisation, further training may be required) :

  • Ecclesiastical professions (pastor, special- ised ministries: hospital, prison or youth chaplaincy, military chaplain, etc)
  • Academic research
  • Teaching
  • Social services (marriage guidance counsellor, support or welfare officer)
  • Human resources
  • Media (journalism, communication)
  • Book-related professions (publishing, bookselling)
  • Governmental and non-governmental organisations

Programme Structure

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 Master’s 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 Master’s dissertation worth 30 ECTS.

Biblical Studies

  • Exegesis of the Old and New Testament, Inter-testamentary and Apocryphal Christian Literatures 30 ECTS
History of Christianity
  • Key periods in the history of Christianity, study of sources, cross-disciplinary subjects 30 ECTS
Systematic Theology and Ethics
  • Study of the problems and challenges of the Christian tradition; Fundamental Ethics and Applied Ethics 30 ECTS
Practical Theology
  • Pedagogy of Religion, Homiletics and Liturgy, Pastoral Dialogue, Ecclesiology 30 ECTS
Study of Religions
  • History of Religions, Psychology and Sociology of Religions, Judaism, Religions of India, Migrations 30 ECTS
  • Master’s Dissertation 30 ECTS

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Theology or equivalent degree
  • Enrolment at one of the three faculties of theology (Geneva, Lausanne or Neuchâtel)
Teaching language
  • French. Recommended level : C1.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 535 International
  • EUR 535 EU/EEA
  • CHF 580 per semester


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