Master of Ministry

Length of the course

The course requires four years of part-time study, (equivalent to two years full-time). Please note that the course is only offered on a part-time basis: it is not offered full-time.

After successful completion of Years 1 and 2 completed over two years part-time (or one year full-time equivalent) a student may apply to exit with the 36 credit point Graduate Diploma in Ministry. Students wishing to complete the Master of Ministry continue to complete Years 3 and 4 part-time.

Students studying a Master of Ministry must indicate by the end of their third year (or after 54 credit points) whether they intend to graduate with a Masters or apply to transfer into the Doctor of Ministry. Requirements for transfer are:

  • A current enrolment in the ACD Master of Ministry course; and
  • A grade average of Distinction in the ACD Master of Ministry study in units totalling at least 18 credit points calculated on the last 18 credit points taken; and
  • At least three years relevant ministry experience; and
  • Approval of the ACD Postgraduate Committee and the Course Coordinator.

Course structure

The Master of Ministry consists of 72 credit points of study as follows:

Coursework Units: Years 1 and 2
(13.5 credit points)
These prepare students for specialist 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.

Guided Study Units Years 1 and 2
(22.5 credit points)
With the approval of the course coordinator students study and are assessed in selected areas 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.

Community Research Years 2-4
(13.5 credit points)
These allow students to develop specialist skills in engaging current peer and scholarly research in, and specialist knowledge of, the field of Ministry Practice. Participants also have the opportunity to present and have their own research critiqued in a collegial environment.

The required coursework units are:

  • Introduction to Community Research and two Community Research Folio units.

Ministry Practice Thesis Years 3 and 4
22.5 credit points)
Students will be expected to complete a ministry practice project of 22,500 words (equivalent to 22.5 credit points) on a topic associated with a current ministry activity.

Prior to commencement of the dissertation a supervisor will be appointed.

Students submit to the course coordinator a research proposal as part of their enrolment in Ministry Practice Dissertation I.

Goals for each part of the Ministry Practice Dissertation will be set with the student’s supervisor.

Transfer arrangements

Transfer of status for continuing students who have commenced prior to 2014 will be determined on an individual basis.

Each student will be counselled individually by the course coordinator.

Entry to Master of Ministry by transfer from Graduate Diploma in 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 with the graduate diploma.

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.

Advanced Standing for GDipMin Graduates

An applicant who holds an ACD Graduate Diploma in Ministry and who is granted entry to the Master of Ministry may be granted advanced standing. Candidates who are granted advanced standing of 36 credit points will be required to complete the following Min course components:

  • Community Research Folio units (9 credit points)
  • Research Methods (4.5 credit points)
  • Ministry Practice research project study (22.5 credit points.

A candidate who holds a Graduate Diploma deemed equivalent to the ACD Graduate Diploma in Ministry degree may also be granted advanced standing. The required Master of Ministry course components will be determined on an individual basis.

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