MST Course Outline
Master of Ministry
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.
• 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.
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)
• 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 Ministry||Chaplaincy & Support Ministries||Creative Arts & Worship|
|PC690 Project||EM690 Project||PC690 or DM690 Project||PC690 Project|
|PC647 Introduction to Preaching||EM603 Biblical Theology of Mission||DM614 Chaplaincy in Educational Settings||PC515 Christian Worship|
|PC602 Foundations of Pastoral Care||EM621 Living Faiths||PC602 Foundations of Pastoral Care||PE605 Faith & the Arts|
|PC603 Pastoral Skills & Methods||EM604 Contemporary Theology of Mission||PC603 Pastoral Skills & Methods||PC644 Practical Ministry Field Education|
|PC635 Principles of Leadership & Management||EM615 Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts||EM621 Living Faiths|
|EM524 Principles of Evangelism||EM524 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 Ethics||EM621 Living Faiths|
|PE620 Christian Apologetics||MSE61 Christian Apologetics to Islam|
|Any 700 level PC unit||EM610 Aid & Development|
|MSE62 The Qur’an: a Christian Perspective|
|EM640 Cross-cultural Field Education|
|EM635 Linguistics & Language Learning|
|Any 700 level EM unit|
Where this degree may take you
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
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.