Australian College of Theology

Master of Missional Leadership - Standard and Accelerated Pathways

Course CodeMML17
Course TypePostgraduate Degree (coursework)
Pre-requisitesUndergraduate degree, as well as a higher education award in ministry or theology OR ACT Bachelor of Ministry, ACT Bachelor of Theology, or equivalent
DurationStandard Pathway: Minimum 1.5 years (Full Time), or up to 6 years (Part Time); Accelerated Pathway: Minimum 1 year (Full Time), or up to 4 years (Part Time).
Credit PointsStandard Pathway: 48 cps; Accelerated Pathway: 32 cps.

Introduction

The Master of Missional Leadership course is aimed at:

i) broadening and deepening Missional Leadership ministry concepts and practice
ii) providing opportunities for continuing professional and vocational development in missional leadership after the completion of a first degree.

This course provides study opportunities for ministry practitioners who already have some professional experience or for initial professional development. The course is an introduction to action learning principles applied in the context of the practitioner.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the MML is normally on the basis of the applicant:

    • holding a previous degree in any field at a Bachelor level plus a completed higher education award in ministry or theology of a minimum volume of learning of 1 year full-time or equivalent or to applicants who have successfully completed study deemed equivalent to the ACT’s Bachelor of Ministry or Bachelor of Theology.
    • demonstrating English language skills appropriate to this level of study. Candidates will either have satisfactorily completed a qualification solely in English at an approved tertiary institution OR have been resident in Australia with English spoken at home and work for at least 10 years OR have achieved a minimum overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no band score lower than 7.0 in reading and writing or 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Course Structure

Standard Pathway

The minimum time for candidature in the Master of Missional Leadership is one and a half years. The maximum time for candidature is six years. Candidates may study full-time or part-time. Full time students will normally take 12 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 48 credit points. Subjects are 6 credit points each.

Accelerated Pathway

The minimum time for candidature in the Master of Missional Leadership is one year. The maximum time for candidature is four years. Candidates may study full-time or part-time. Full time students will normally take 12 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 32 credit points. Subjects are 4 credit points each.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability successfully to negotiate the content and demands of a number of units in a specialised field of study in which theological insights are brought to bear upon the graduates’ ministry context
  • Demonstration of knowledge and competence of skills in the analysis of texts and ideas, and issues in practical ministry
  • Demonstration of wide reading, intellectual independence, critical thinking and analytic rigour at early postgraduate level such that the potential for research at masters level is emerging

Subject Options

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Required Subjects

These subjects make up the core component of your course.

EM721 Missional Hermeneutics EM722 Cultural Exegesis
EM723 Missional Spirituality PC771 Missional Leadership

Ministry Stream Electives

Three to four additional subjects need to be chosen to make up the elective component of your course.

One of these is a research project which consists of the student identifying an issue in their organisation related to the missional paradigm. The student must use action research methodology to outline a solution, implement this and reflect on the implementation. The paper is to be 8000/7000 words (6/4 cps) or 16,000/14,000 words (12/8 cps) and must include use of the literature and biblical theory taught in the core subjects.

What options do I have after this course?

Graduates of the course will normally continue in their chosen secular professions (such as church leaders and pastors), having built on the foundation of their first degree in theology or ministry with the opportunity to concentrate on one field of study throughout the course.

Throughout this course graduates will have developed new areas of professional and vocational expertise, which will assist them in their chosen professions.