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Master of Ministry

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Master of Ministry

Graduate Diploma of Ministry [exit point only]

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CSU’s Master of Ministry develops the pastoral and ministry skills of qualified ministers, pastoral workers, chaplains and church leaders.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Master of Ministry assists religious practitioners and other church leaders to upgrade their knowledge and skills at an advanced level. The course provides opportunities for professional development in the field of professional ministry. Students will develop a higher order of critical, creative, scholarly, sound and informed investigation of the profession.

  • Career opportunities

    This course creates opportunities for careers in chaplaincy, ministry, church leadership, pastoral and aged care.

  • 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

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF MINISTRY (64) [Exit Point Only]
    The degree comprises one Core subject (16), Restricted Electives (32), and either General Electives (16) or MIN501 (16) .
    Following the completion of 64 points students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Diploma of Ministry.

    Core Subject (16)
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16)

    Restricted Electives (32)
    32 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)

    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

    Chaplaincy
    MIN550 Advanced Seminar in Chaplaincy (16)
    MIN541 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)

    Mission and Leadership
    MIN521 Applied Principles of Church Leadership (16)
    MIN522 Advanced Seminar in Mission and Evangelism (16)

    Religious and Values Education
    (Note: These subjects require that you have an understanding of curriculum development. MMin students must demonstrate a requisite knowledge of this field prior to enrolling in the RaVE subjects)
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16)
    and either
    THL580 RaVE: Media, Popular Culture and the Arts (16)
    or
    THL581 RaVE: Philosophical and Ethical Enquiry (16)

    General Electives (16)
    General Electives (16) (chosen from the Master of Ministry General Electives below)
    or
    MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16) (undertaken in the last Session of study)



    MASTER OF MINISTRY (96)
    The degree consists of 96 points comprising two core subjects (32), Restricted Electives (32) and General Electives (32).

    Core Subjects (32)
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16)
    MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16) (undertaken in the last Session of study)

    Restricted Electives (32)
    32 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)

    Pastoral Counselling
    * The prerequisites of THL400 and THL420 apply to THL428, THL430, and THL432.
    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

    Institutional Chaplaincy
    MIN550 Advanced Seminar in Chaplaincy (16)
    MIN541 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)

    Mission and Leadership
    MIN521 Applied Principles of Church Leadership (16)
    MIN522 Advanced Seminar in Mission and Evangelism (16)

    Religious and Values Education
    + These subjects require that you have an understanding of curriculum development. MMin students must demonstrate a requisite knowledge of this field prior to enrolling in the RaVE subjects.
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16) +
    THL580 RaVE: Media, Popular Culture and the Arts (16) +
    THL581 RaVE: Philosophical and Ethical Enquiry (16) +

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

    General Electives (32)
    32 points chosen from the following list of subjects.
    Students are encouraged to focus their electives in one or two discipline areas.

    * The prerequisites of THL400 and THL420 apply to THL428, THL430, and THL432;
    + Students enrolling in any Religious and Values Education subjects below must demonstrate a requisite knowledge of this field prior to enrolling. 

    MIN521 Applied Principles of Church Leadership (16)
    MIN522 Advanced Seminar in Mission and Evangelism (16)
    MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16)
    MIN541 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)
    MIN550 Advanced Seminar in Chaplaincy (16)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues
    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
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16) +
    THL518 Studies in Liturgy and Worship (16)
    THL519 Contemporary Issues in Practical Theology (16)
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    THL540 Public Theology (16)
    THL542 Political Theology (16)
    THL544 Theology and Spirituality in Contemporary Engagement (16)
    THL580 RaVE: Media, Popular Culture and the Arts (16) +
    THL581 RaVE: Philosophical and Ethical Enquiry (16) +

    Credit: 16 points of Transfer Credit will be granted for the completion of either:

    1. An Advanced Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (MIN41C); or
    2. The Graduate Certificate in Supervision (MIN42C) (St Mark's RTO, Canberra)
    Enrolment pattern

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF MINISTRY (64) (Exit Point Only)
    Following the completion of 64 credit points students may elect to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Ministry

    Part-time Enrolment Pattern

    Session 1 (16)
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16) (Core)

    Session 2 (16)
    Restricted Electives (16)

    Session 3 (16)
    Restricted Electives (16)

    Session 4 (16)
    either
    MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)
    or
    General Electives (16)

    Full-time Enrolment Pattern

    Session 1 (32)
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16) (Core)
    Restricted Electives (16)

    Session 2 (32)
    MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16)
    Restricted Electives (16)
    or
    Restricted Electives (16)
    General Electives (16)



    MASTER OF MINISTRY
    Following the completion of 64 credit points students may elect to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Ministry

    Part-time Enrolment Pattern

    Session 1 (16)
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16) (Core)

    Session 2 (16)
    Restricted Electives (16)

    Session 3 (16)
    Restricted Electives (16)

    Session 4 (16)
    General Electives (16)

    Session 5 (16)
    General Electives (16)

    Session 6 (16)
    MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16) (Core)

    Full-time Enrolment Pattern

    Session 1 (32)
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16) (Core)
    Restricted Electives (16)

    Session 2 (32)
    Restricted Electives (16)
    General Electives (16)

    Session 3 (32)
    General Electives (16)
    MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16) (Core)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    THL430 Pastoral Counselling: Crisis Intervention
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL420 Pastoral Counselling: Theory and Professional Issues
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry
    THL432 Pastoral Counselling: Relationship and Family
    THL434 Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
    THL428 Pastoral Counselling: Grief and Loss
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills

  • Admission information

    Candidates for admission to the Master of Ministry shall:

    1. have an undergraduate degree in Theology from a recognised Australian university or equivalent; or hold the Graduate Diploma of Theology with a Credit average or higher;
      and
    2. have at least two years full-time professional experience in ministry.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    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
    1700*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
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2200*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
    DirectOn CampusCanberraFPPGYYNOAPN
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSYYNJAMM
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYNIAMM
    DirectOn CampusCanberraFPOSYYNIAPM
    DirectOn CampusUnited Theological CollegeFPPGYYNOAPM
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGYYNOAMM

    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 satisfactorily complete 96 points comprising two Core Subjects (32), Restricted Electives (32) and General Electives (32).

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    042758F (United Theological College, Canberra)

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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.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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