Australian College of Theology

Master of Ministry

Course code:MMin
Type:Graduate Degree
Length:Min 3 years, up to 9 years part time.
Pre-requisites:Bachelor degree in any field.


The Master of Ministry (MMin) degree introduces graduate students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasizes application and practice of this story and message in the contemporary world.

The MMin will require specialisation in disciplines by which knowledge of God is applied to guide Christian practice in at least two fields of the Department of Ministry and Practice:
• Evangelism and Missiology
• Pastoral and Church Focused Ministry
• Developmental Ministry

The MMin will integrate studies in the Bible and Christian tradition with practical experience and include supervised practice based learning where appropriate.

Mode of Study and Assessment

• The Master of Ministry can be completed through on-campus lectures and by Distance (although not all units are not offered by Distance yet).
• Subjects offered at 500 level require the completion of 5,000 – 6,000 words or equivalent. Subjects offered at 600 level require the completion of 6,000 – 7,000 words or equivalent. An exam is reckoned as the equivalent of 1,500 words per hour.
• Assessment methods include essay, exams, book review, reflection paper, weekly exercises and practical projects.

Entry Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in a non-theological discipline from an Australian University (or the equivalent) and
• demonstrating potential to undertake cognitive-formative-functional study of this nature at graduate level and
• English Language: IELTS score of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in reading and writing, along with a minimum of 6.5 in listening and speaking.

Course Structure

The minimum time for candidature in the Master of Divinity is three years. The maximum time for candidature is nine years. Candidates may study full-time or part-time. Full time students will normally take 12-16 credit points per semester from the scheduled subjects. Credit points refer to the overall student effort including contact hours and time on assessment tasks. The degree requires the satisfactory completion of 96 credit points. Subjects are mostly 4 cps each.

Students should also expect 3 hours of class time and a further 6 – 8 hours on assessment requirements each week for every 4 cp subject.

Practical Ministry Experience

Students are required to undertake one of the following:

• Field Education unit (4cps credit taken over consecutive 1 or 2 semesters)
• Guided Spiritual Formation (4 cps credit taken over 4 semesters)
• Practical Ministry placement (not for credit)

Subject Options

For current information about your subject options, click on the following link:

Core Subjects

• OT501 Old Testament Foundations
• OT502 Old Testament Prophets and Writings
• NT501 Jesus & the Gospels
• NT502 Early New Testament Church
• CH501 The Church to 1550
• CH502 The Church from 1550 to Modern Times
• Field Education/Guided Spiritual Formation
• Research Methods for Ministry
• TH601 The Knowledge of God
• TH602 The Doctrine of God & Work of Christ
• TH603 The Doctrines of Grace & Eschatology
• TH604 Church, Sacraments & Ministry (or Christian Thought Unit)
• PC527 Patterns of Spiritual Formation
• BB503 Principles of Hermeneutics
• 3 units of exegesis (in both Old Testament and New Testament)

Stream Subjects (Choose a Project and 5 additional units)

Pastoral & Leadership Studies Intercultural MinistryChaplaincy & Support Ministries Creative Arts & Worship
PC690 ProjectEM690 ProjectPC690 or DM690 ProjectPC690 Project
PC647 Introduction to PreachingEM603 Biblical Theology of Mission DM614 Chaplaincy in Educational Settings PC515 Christian Worship
PC602 Foundations of Pastoral CareEM621 Living FaithsPC602 Foundations of Pastoral Care PE605 Faith & the Arts
PC603 Pastoral Skills & MethodsEM604 Contemporary Theology of Mission PC603 Pastoral Skills & MethodsPC644 Practical Ministry Field Education
PC635 Principles of Leadership & Management EM615 Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts EM621 Living Faiths
EM524 Principles of EvangelismEM524 Principles of Evangelism PC621 Theology for Everyday Life
PC642 Congregational Field Education OR PC643 Pastoral Care Field Education EM628 Mohammad: A Christian Perspective
PE501 Introduction to Christian EthicsEM621 Living Faiths
PE620 Christian ApologeticsMSE61 Christian Apologetics to Islam
Any 700 level PC unitEM610 Aid & Development
MSE62 The Qur’an: a Christian Perspective
EM640 Cross-cultural Field Education
EM635 Linguistics & Language Learning
Any 700 level EM unit

About this Degree

The Master of Ministry is a comprehensive theological degree that will provide you a thorough understanding and theological depth for pastoral leadership and or Bible teaching ministry. It will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need to translate the Bible from its original language, complimented with a wide range of practical ministry electives.

What options do I have after this course?

Become a pastor, teacher or minister with responsibility for preaching, providing leadership, taking part in wider debates in the Church and engaging with wider debates with the Church.

Become a teacher of diploma-level units in your specialisation in a school or Bible college