Doctor of Ministry
Professional Doctorate by research
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.
The objective has three components:
- the extension of a candidate's knowledge of the discipline of Christian Ministry which underpin his or her profession; and
- the development of attributes required of the candidate to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting his or her profession; and
- 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.
United Theological College (UTC)
Distance education (UTC only)
Normal course duration
Full-time 3 years
Part-time 6 years
Candidates admitted to the course will:
- 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);
- 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;
- meet the University's English language proficiency requirements; and
- 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.
The Doctorate and the Master (option B only) make up an articulaed set of courses, and credit is awarded in the Doctorate for the subjects completed in the Master.
Doctor of Ministry students who have successfully completed the following subjects within the Charles Sturt University Master of Ministry will receive the following credit:
MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16)
MIN541 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)
To graduate students must have satisfactorily completed 192 points.
*The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the course structure and enrolment pattern for the course.
The course consists of four core coursework subjects and a dissertation of 128 points.
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)
The dissertation subject may not be taken until MIN740, MIN741, MIN742 and MIN743 have been successfully completed.
Sessions 3 - 6
MIN744 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry FT (128)
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)
Sessions 5 - 12
MIN745 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry PT (128)