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.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor Degree in a non-theological discipline.

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 Master of Ministry comprises 24 subjects in total. It can be studied from a minimum of 3 years full-time, and up to 9 years part-time.

Each MMin Student is required to undertake a Project that is an in depth research essay of 8000 words focused in the area of the student’s major.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate and synthesize extended learning and knowledge from a wide range of sources and contexts in the investigation of problems and issues in Ministry scholarship and practice
  • Present extended Ministry knowledge, ideas and principles to, and engage with, specialist as well as non-specialist audiences using a variety of formats
  • Bring enhanced professional and vocational capacity to engagement with the challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world

Practical Ministry Experience

Students are required to undertake one of the following:

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

Subject Options

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

Required Subjects

Jesus and the GospelsEarly New Testament Church Old Testament Foundations
Old Testament Prophets and WritingsChristianity in History to 1550Christianity in History from 1550
The Knowledge of GodThe Doctrine of God and Work of ChristThe Doctrines of Grace & Eschatology
Patterns of Spiritual FormationResearch MethodsResearch Project
Principles of Hermeneutics

Advanced Subjects (Choose 3)

Luke and Historical Jesus StudiesFourth Gospel (John)Pauline Theology and Romans
Corinthians and EphesiansGeneral Epistles: James and PeterThe Epistle to the Hebrews
PentateuchFormer ProphetsPsalms
IsaiahJeremiahWisdom Literature

Ministry Stream Electives (Choose 7)

Philosophy & Ethics
• Introduction to Christian Ethics
• Philosophy Essentials for Christian Thinkers
• Christian Apologetics
• Christian Critical Thinking
• Christian Worship
• Congregational or Pastoral Care Field Education
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Introduction to Preaching
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Principles of Evangelism
• Principles of Leadership & Management
• Christian Worship
• Practical Ministry Field Education
• Faith & the Arts
• Patterns of Spiritual Formation
• Chaplaincy Skills
• Foundations of Pastoral Care
• Pastoral Skills & Methods
• Practical Ministry Field Education
Cross-Cultural Missions
• Aid & Development
• Biblical Theology of Mission
• Contemporary Theology of Mission
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Cultural Anthropology
• Living Faiths
• Principles of Evangelism

Islamic Studies
• Christian Apologetics to Islam
• Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts
• Cross-cultural Field Education
• Mohammad: A Christian Perspective
• The Qur’an: A Christian Perspective
• The Hadith: A Christian Perspective

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