Master of Ministry

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Course Description
The Master of Ministry gives you the best possible preparation if you want to preach and teach the bible, lead in ministry, evangelise, plant a church, and take part in the wider debates of the church and society. It offers you academic rigour, theological depth and a wide range of options for developing your ministry skills; it can be combined with the Graduate Diploma of Divinity to create a four-year program.

Students build a broad framework in their first year, and then develop depth, learn critical thinking skills, key principles and tools for interpreting the Bible and developing their theological thinking. With an emphasis on ministry, the Bible, history, theology and ministry topics are all covered. There is no requirement to take biblical languages. In the final year a compulsory capstone experience or project must be completed.

Course Details 

Duration 3 years full-time equivalent
Part-time (maximum 9 years)
Mode On-campus, Online, Multi-mode
Timing Full-time or Part-time
Semester or Intensive or Extensive Classes
Day or Evening Classes
Course Level  Australian Qualifications Framework Level 9
Unit Level Delivered at Levels 8-9
Early exit points Graduate Certificate of Divinity
Graduate Diploma of Divinity
Graduates may complete
further study in 
Master of Theological Studies
Research Degrees including the Doctor of Ministry
  • Academic Qualifications: Completed three year non-theological bachelor degree or equivalent
  • Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
Fee Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 288 (24 subjects each worth 12 credit points)
including at least 96 credit points at Level 9

Course Structure
The Master of Ministry has 24 subjects, each worth 12 credit points (unless stated otherwise). The course has 12 core subjects, four Biblical Set Book units (48 credit points), four Ministry and Practice Electives (48 credit points), and four additional electives (48 credit points).

Core subjects (144 credit points):

Other Requirements: (144 credit points)

**Your capstone experience must be based on one of the approved Ministry and Practice capstone units available in the semester in which you enrol in your capstone; a research project can be in any field of study.

***Students who enrol in a major project must first complete AS001-912 Research Methods.

Additional Requirements: 

  • Remaining subjects are electives

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This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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