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Doctor of Ministry

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Doctor of Ministry

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CSU's Doctor of Ministry aims to provide the opportunity for advanced critical reflection on professional practice in the discipline of Christian Ministry and closely related fields.

  • Why study this course?

    Graduates can demonstrate an extended knowledge of the sub-disciplines of Christian Ministry and closely related fields; and can successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting these fields. Graduates can also demonstrate a developed critical theological approach to ministry and leadership in their profession; understand the need for, and have developed the capacity to, engender networks of trust and cooperation among ministry professionals; demonstrate development of new skills in the professional areas of preaching, leadership, and management; and demonstrate a greater understanding and appreciation of social issues in the mission of the church in a local and global context.

    There are three main aims of the course:

    • the extension of a candidate's knowledge of the discipline of Christian Ministry which underpin his or her profession
    • the development of attributes required of the candidate to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting his or her profession
    • the successful conduct by the candidate of research into a current problem confronting the profession and the presentation of the findings of the research in a thesis.
    Objectives

    Upon completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

    • provide a research grounding for reflective practitioner research and practice-based research in the disciplines that constitute the field of Christian Ministry;
    • demonstrate an extended knowledge of the sub-disciplines of Christian Ministry and closely related fields;
    • develop to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting these fields;
    • carry out a program of research into current problems confronting Christian Ministry and present the findings of the research in a thesis or portfolio of research;
    • demonstrate a developed critical theological approach to ministry and leadership in their profession;
    • demonstrate a competitive advantage in achieving high-level success in their profession;
    • understand the need for, and have developed the capacity to, engender networks of trust and cooperation among ministry professionals;
    • demonstrate development of new skills in the professional areas of preaching, leadership, and management; and
    • demonstrate a greater understanding and appreciation of social issues in the mission of the church in a local and global context.

    The Doctor of Ministry aims to provide the opportunity for advanced critical reflection on professional practice in the discipline of Christian Ministry and closely related fields. Graduates can demonstrate an extended knowledge of the sub-disciplines of Christian Ministry and closely related fields; and can successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting these fields. Graduates can also demonstrate a developed critical theological approach to ministry and leadership in their profession; understand the need for, and have developed the capacity to, engender networks of trust and cooperation among ministry professionals; demonstrate development of new skills in the professional areas of preaching, leadership, and management; and demonstrate a greater understanding and appreciation of social issues in the mission of the church in a local and global context.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    32 points of credit will be granted towards the Doctor of Ministry for students who have successfully completed the following subjects within the Charles Sturt University Master of Ministry:

    • MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16)
    • MIN541 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of four core coursework subjects and a dissertation of 128 points.

    Coursework Subjects

    Up to 32 points credit may be given from the Master of Ministry for the successful completion of MIN540 and MIN541 (equivalent to MIN740 and MIN741)

    MIN740 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16)
    MIN741 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)
    MIN742 Literature Review in Ministry(16)
    MIN743 Research Proposal in Ministry (16)

    Dissertation/Portfolio

    The dissertation subject may not be taken until MIN740, MIN741, MIN742 and MIN743 have been successfully completed.

    MIN744 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry FT (128)
    or
    MIN745 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry PT (128)

    Enrolment pattern

    FULL-TIME ENROLMENT PATTERN

    Session 1

    MIN740 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16)
    MIN741 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)

    Session 2

    MIN742 Literature Review in Ministry (16)
    MIN743 Research Proposal in Ministry (16)

    Sessions 3 - 6

    MIN744 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry FT (128)

    PART-TIME ENROLMENT PATTERN

    Session 1

    MIN740 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16)

    Session 2

    MIN741 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)

    Session 3

    MIN742 Literature Review in Ministry (16)

    Session 4

    MIN743 Research Proposal in Ministry (16)

    Sessions 5 - 12

    MIN745 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry PT (128)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    MIN741 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry
    MIN740 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry
    MIN743 Research Proposal in Ministry
    MIN742 Literature Review in Ministry

  • Admission information

    Candidates admitted to the course will:

    1. hold a Class 1 or Class 2 Division 1 Bachelor (Honours) degree in theology or ministry, or a Master degree by coursework in theology or ministry (attained at a course credit point average of 6.00 or better), or a Master degree by research in theology or ministry (Variation to admission requirements based on alternative academic qualifications will be assessed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the Course Management Committee);
    2. have at least five years of full time (or equivalent) practice in professional ministry or in a cognate area, a significant amount of which should be able to be shown to be current;
    3. meet the University's English language proficiency requirements; and
    4. be able to be assessed for variation to admission requirements based on RPL - this will be assessed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the Course Management Committee.

    These admission requirements are necessary to ensure that candidates have sufficient academic ability and professional experience to conduct research that leads to advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in the field of Christian Ministry.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study
    For information about fees for students commencing in Session 3, 2015, visit the fees and costs website.

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    2300*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    2800*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2800*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPPGYYYOADM
    DirectOn CampusUni WideFPOSYYYIADM
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPOSYYYJADM
    DirectOn CampusUni WideFPPGYYYGADM

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must have satisfactorily completed 192 points.

  • How to apply
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    043703B (Uni Wide)

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  • About the School
    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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