Diploma of Ministry

Length of the course

The course requires one year of full-time study, or equivalent part-time (two years).

Exit pathways

After successful completion of the required units a student may choose to graduate with the Graduate Diploma in Ministry or may apply to transfer to Master of Ministry.

Students who have completed the requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Ministry may apply to continue on into the Master of Ministry rather than graduate. Students must have a grade average of Distinction in Graduate Diploma in Ministry units totalling at least 18 credit points calculated on the last 18 credit points taken.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Ministry consists of 36 credit points of study as follows:

  1. Core Units (13.5 credit points)
    These prepare students for advanced thinking and skills use in the area of Ministry Practice, engagement with current research in the field, and theological reflection upon their own ministry practice and leadership in the Australian context.

The required coursework units are:

  • Reflecting on Best Practice in Ministry
  • Introduction to Community Research, and
  • Theology for Ministry Practice.
  1. Guided Study or Coursework Units (22.5 credit points)
    Students who hold a ministry or theology degree will be required to complete five Guided Study units, A to E.

With the approval of the course coordinator, students may study and be assessed in selected areas of interest for professional development under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor.

Students may read an agreed select bibliography as individual study or as part of a group, build their study around interviewing experts, attending a conference, or conducting a field trip, complete an approved postgraduate unit, or undertake an agreed project set within the student’s ministry context.

Each year one or two intensives are offered at postgraduate level, which students may choose to attend and complete as a Guided Study unit.

Students coming from a discipline other than theology or ministry will be required to study three coursework units and two Guided Study units, A and B. For the coursework units students have a choice of one out of two Biblical units, one out of two Theology units and the third unit is Biblical Hermeneutics. They will either attend on-campus classes (offered across a semester) or enrol to receive the external learning version of these. The content of Guided Study A and B will be negotiated with the course coordinator.

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