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Study at Whitley College Australia
Whitley College is the Baptist Theological College of Victoria and a residential College of The University of Melbourne. Theological study at Whitley offers a huge range of possibilities.
Its mission is to equip women and men for leadership in church and society. Throughout its history since 1891 Whitley has been a college marked by academic excellence, a strong sense of Christian purpose and a lively community.
Whitley's diplomas and degrees are accredited through the Melbourne College of Divinity and are highly respected. Our graduates have gone on to further studies within the MCD and in Universities and Seminaries here in Australia and around the world.
Why Choose Whitley
Theological study at Whitley College offers almost limitless possibilities:
Some of Whitley's emphases are:
Whitley College was established in 1891 as the Baptist Theological College of Victoria and was located in the Collins St Baptist Church. From its first choice of principal, Rev Dr William T Whitley, the College began a long tradition of academic excellence.
The College occupied a building in North Melbourne from 1912 to 1965, when it moved to its new circular building in Parkville and took the name of Whitley College. This move added a new function as a residential college of the University of Melbourne, with room for 130 university students from all faculties.
Until the 1970s all theological students were candidates for Baptist ordination. Since then, lay theological education has grown spectacularly and ordinands now make up a small proportion of the ecumenical and international student body of nearly 300.
In 1989 the first stage of the Mervyn Himbury Theological Studies Centre was completed on a site next to the round College building, to provide for the rapidly expanding theological student numbers. The Geoffrey Blackburn Library and other new building works were completed in July 2001. They provide Whitley College with first-class facilities for its entire student community.
Evangelical Theological Association (ETA)
Units at Whitley are taught for the Bachelor of Theology, Master of Divinity and other degrees awarded by the Melbourne College of Divinity (MCD). The BTheol and MDiv can be gained only by a student at an Associated Teaching Institution of MCD. Whitley College, together with the Churches of Christ Theological College (40-60 Jacksons Road, Mulgrave) form the Evangelical Theological Association (ETA) which is an Associated Teaching Institution of the Melbourne College of Divinity.
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