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Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry is a professional doctoral course for ministry practitioners designed to be undertaken part-time over six years. It is distinguished from a PhD and ThD by a coursework component, a shorter project (50,000 words) and a focus on the application of new knowledge to effective mission and ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry course is designed to enable candidates to make a unique contribution to ministry and mission with their own research and writing. It offers a wide range of units in a variety of formats designed to fit into a busy ministry schedule.

With flexible learning options, we offer an approach to study that is also viable for those who live interstate. The assessment is designed so that it can be applied to your area of research interest. Units are provided by leading practical theologians in a wide range of topics.

Course Overview

Phase Semester One Semester Two
Year One Foundation
  • Foundation Elective Unit (12cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cps)
  • Foundation Elective Unit (12cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cps)
Year Two Foundation
  • Research Methods Unit or Elective Unit (12cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cp)
  • Foundation Elective Unit (12cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cps)
Year Three Research
  • Research Project (24cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cp)
  • Research Project (24cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cp)
Year Four Research
  • Research Project (24cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cp)
  • Research Project (24cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cp)
Year Five Research
  • Research Project (24cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cp)
  • Research Project (24cps)
  • Conference Participation (12cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cp)
Year Six Research
  • Research Project (24cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cp)
  • Research Project (24cps)
  • Personal Formation Portfolio (3cp)


Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of this course will be qualified for employment in churches, denominational leadership and NGO positions, as well as in teaching pastoral and missions courses in theological colleges and seminaries in Australia and overseas.

Coursework Phase
Candidates undertake four Level 9 coursework units in the first two equivalent years of the course. The elective units should be relevant to the candidate’s proposed area of research interest. Electives are offered in the following areas:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Theology and Church History
  • Evangelism and Mission
  • Children’s and Youth Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Preaching
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

Research Phase
The thesis stage consists of research in the candidate’s chosen topic with regular supervision by one of Ridley’s specialist faculty members. This phase is undertaken over four years to accommodate candidates’ busy ministry schedules. Supervisors support candidates over this period of personal research and writing and offer feedback and accountability.

Cohorts
A feature of the Doctor of Ministry is the biannual cohort meetings where candidates will discuss their learning, refine their ability for reflective practice, and develop their research skills. These facilitated cohort gatherings will contribute to a Personal Formation Portfolio to be presented at the end of the course.

Streams & Learning Pathways
Ridley offers six specialist learning streams based on the specialisation of faculty and resource availability in the Ridley library:

  • Leadership
  • Preaching
  • Public Christianity
  • Church Growth and Health
  • Cross-cultural Mission
  • Youth and Family Ministry

Candidates are asked to choose an area of specialisation based on their proposed research interest as part of the application process; however, it is recognised that their topic may be further developed and refined during the course of their degree.

To view the coursework units, click here.

Entry Requirements
As well as suitable previous academic qualifications in theology and ministry (usually a Bachelor of Theology (Honours), Bachelor of Ministry (Honours), Master of Divinity, Master of Ministry or Master of Arts with a research project to demonstrate research readiness), the following ministry experience prerequisites are required:

  • A minimum of five years of significant contribution to a ministry context since completion of the first ministry degree
  • Applicants are currently ministry practitioners
  • A letter of commendation from a current employing organisation
  • Written confirmation from the employing organisation that the organisation understands the extent of the commitment required and agrees to support the candidate to enable them to complete the course
  • This course is only available to Australian domestic candidates

Students without a research project as part of a previous degree may apply for recognised prior learning based on the applicant’s ministry experience, professional development, and CV.

Please contact Alison Flynn on registrar@ridley.edu.au for further information and application forms for these degrees.

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This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

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