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.

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.

The course includes essential research principles and methods as preparation for higher degrees in Theology and Ministry. It can be combined with the Graduate Diploma of Divinity to create a four-year program.

Course Details 

Duration 3 years full-time equivalent
Part-time (maximum 9 years)
Mode On-campus, Online, Mixed 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 Dependent upon units students could exit with:
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
Prerequisites 3-year undergraduate degree from an accredited provider
Fee Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 288 (24 subjects)
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):

Additional Requirements: (144 credit points)

  • 48 credit points of Biblical Set Books (at least 12 credit points in both OT and NT)
  • 48 credit points in Ministry and Practice units (DE, EM, PC) with a minimum of 12 credit points in at least two fields
  • 48 credit points of Elective units
  • As part of the degree, you will need to include a 12 credit point capstone experience OR a Research Project

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This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

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