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Master of Ministry

Graduation requirements

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.
Students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma of Ministry after satisfactorily completing 64 points..

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Master of Ministry aims to assist practising clergy and other church leaders to upgrade their knowledge and skills at an advanced level. The courses includes specialist study in particular fields of ministry, and a research option may also be undertaken.

The Master of Ministry aims to assist Religious Practitioners and other church leaders to upgrade their knowledge and skills at an advanced level. The course aims to:

  • provide opportunities for professional development at the Masters level in the field of professional ministry
  • engender a higher order of critical, creative, scholarly, sound and informed investigation of the profession
  • engender the application of advanced knowledge of a specialist body of theoretical and applied topics to a specialised field of professional ministry
  • engender creativity and flexibility in the application of knowledge and skills to new situations
  • engender the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently
  • enable students through critical analysis, systematic, practical and professional application to plan and execute a project or a piece of scholarship or research.

Upon completion of the course, graduates will be expected to demonstrate advanced competence in one of the following fields:

  • Pastoral Counselling
  • Church Leadership and Management
  • Institutional Chaplaincy
  • Mission and Evangelism
  • Ministry Studies
  • Ageing and Pastoral Studies
  • Christian Education
  • Research in Ministry.

Course structure

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF MINISTRY (64) [Exit Point Only]

The degree structure consists of 64 points comprising two core subjects (24), three subjects (24) chosen from one subject area in the Secondary Stream of the Master of Ministry, and two restricted electives (16)

Core Subjects (24)

MIN500 Theology, Church and Ministry (16)
MIN502 Professional and Institutional Ethics in Ministry

and 24 points chosen from one of the following subject areas in the Master of Ministry Secondary Stream

Secondary Stream (24)

(refer MMin structure for details of subjects)

Pastoral Counselling
Ageing and Pastoral Studies
Institutional Chaplaincy
Christian Education
Church Leadership and Management
Cross Cultural Ministry
Mission and Evangelism
Ministry Studies

and 16 points chosen from one other subject area in the Secondary Stream of the Master of Ministry
2 x Restricted Electives [ ]

MASTER OF MINISTRY (96)

The degree structure consists of 96 points comprising two core subjects (24), a Principal Stream (48) and a Secondary Stream (24). Following the completion of 64 points students may choose to exit with the award of Graduate Diploma of Ministry.

Core Subjects (24)

MIN500 Theology, Church and Ministry (16)
MIN502 Professional and Institutional Ethics in Ministry

Principal Stream (48)

48 points chosen from one of the following fields of study

Research in Ministry

MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16)
MIN541 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Pastoral Counselling

THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues
and two subjects chosen from
THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
and
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Ageing and Pastoral Studies

THL445 Psychosocial and Spiritual Development in Older People
THL446 Pastoral Care and Elderly People
THL459 The Ageing Person: Challenges for Body and Spirit
one of the following
THL444 Ministry with Older People in Residential Care
THL447 Pastoral Care in Mental Health and Dementia
and
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Institutional Chaplaincy

MIN450 Institutional Chaplaincy
MIN451 Ministry Professional Practice
and two subjects chosen from
THL400 Pastoral Counselling
THL444 Ministry with Older People in Residential Care
THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
and
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Christian Education

THL471 Teaching the Bible
THL472 Teaching Philosophy of Religion
THL473 Teaching Religious Ethics
THL474 Teaching Religions of the World
and
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Church Leadership and Management

THL421 Principles of Church Leadership
THL422 Principles of Church Management
THL423 Mission and Evangelism
THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Cross Cultural Ministry

THL482 Cultural Foundations of a Cross Cultural Theology
THL483 Christian Perspectives on Multiculturalism in Australia
THL486 Practice of Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
THL489 Theology and Ministry in Diaspora
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Mission and Evangelism

THL423 Mission and Evangelism
THL455 Mission Leadership in Australia
THL458 Theology for Youth Ministry
MIN451 Ministry Professional Practice
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Ministry Studies

MIN451 Ministry Professional Practice
and three subjects chosen from
THL426 The Diaconate in History and Contemporary Development
THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
THL456 Ministry in Context: Rural
THL458 Theology for Youth Ministry
THL489 Doing Theology and Ministry in Diaspora
and
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Following the completion of 64 points students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Diploma of Ministry.

Secondary Stream (24)

24 points chosen from one of the following streams

Pastoral Counselling

THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues
and one subjects chosen from
THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology

Ageing and Pastoral Studies

THL445 Psycosocial and Spiritual Development in Older People
THL446 Pastoral Care and Elderly People
one of the following
THL459 The Ageing Person: Challenges for Body and Spirit
THL444 Ministry with Older People in Residential Care
THL447 Pastoral Care in Mental Health and Dementia

Institutional Chaplaincy

MIN450 Institutional Chaplaincy
and two subjects chosen from
THL400 Pastoral Counselling
THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
THL444 Ministry with Older People in Residential Care

Christian Education

Three subjects chosen from
THL471 Teaching the Bible
THL472 Teaching Philosophy of Religion
THL473 Teaching Religious Ehtics
THL474 Teaching Religions of the World

Church Leadership and Management

THL421 Principles of Church Leadership
THL422 Principles of Church Management
THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology

Cross Cultural Ministry

THL482 Cultural Foundations of a Cross Cultural Theology
THL486 Practice of Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia
and one subject chosen from
THL483 Christian Perspectives on Multiculturalism in Australia
THL489 Theology and Ministry in Diaspora

Mission and Evangelism

THL423 Mission and Evangelism
THL455 Mission Leadership in Australia
THL458 Theology for Youth Ministry

Ministry Studies

Three subjects chosen from
THL426 The Diaconate in History and Contemporary Development
THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
THL456 Ministry in Context: Rural
THL458 Theology for Youth Ministry
THL489 Doing Theology and Ministry in Diaspora

Enrolment pattern

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF MINISTRY (64) (Exit Point Only)

The degree structure consists of 64 points comprising two core subjects (24), three subjects (24) chosen from one field of specialisation in the second stream of the Master of Ministry, and two restricted electives (16)

Part-time Enrolment Pattern

Session 1 (16)

MIN500 Theology, Church and Ministry (16) (Core)

Session 2 (16)

MIN502 Professional and Institutional Ethics in Ministry (Core)
1 x Secondary Stream Subject

Session 3 (16)

2 x Secondary Stream Subjects

Session 4 (16)

2 x Restricted Electives [ ]

Full-time Enrolment Pattern

Session 1 (32)

MIN500 Theology, Church and Ministry (16) (Core)
2 x Secondary Stream Subject

Session 2 (32)

MIN502 Professional and Institutional Ethics in Ministry (Core)
1 x Secondary Stream Subject
2 x Restricted Electives [ ]

MASTER OF MINISTRY

Following the completion of 64 points students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Diploma of Ministry.

Part-time Enrolment Pattern

Session 1 (16)

MIN500 Theology, Church and Ministry (16) (Core)

Session 2 (16)

MIN502 Professional and Institutional Ethics in Ministry (Core)
1 x Secondary Stream Subject

Session 3 (16)

2 x Principal Stream Subjects

Session 4 (16)

2 x Principal Stream Subjects

Session 5 (16)

2 x Secondary Stream Subjects

Session 6 (16)

MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

Full-time Enrolment Pattern

Session 1 (32)

IN500 Theology, Church and Ministry (16) (Core)
2 x Principal Stream Subjects (16)

Session 2 (32)

MIN502 Professional and Institutional Ethics in Ministry (Core)
2 x Principal Stream Subjects
1 x Secondary Stream Subject

Session 3 (32)

2 x Secondary Stream Subjects
MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)

At a glance

Study Mode

On campus; Distance education

Where

Canberra; Parramatta

When

Session 1; Session 2

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

3 years

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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