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Doctor of Ministry

Theology at CSU

Doctor of Ministry

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CSU's Doctor of Ministry gives you the opportunity to critically reflect on your professional practice and contribute to scholarly debate in the discipline of Christian ministry and closely related fields.

You will conduct a detailed research investigation into an area of professional relevance or interest and present your findings in a thesis or portfolio of research.

  • Why study this course?

    The Doctor of Ministry is designed to extend your knowledge in the sub-disciplines that underpin your profession and equip you with the attributes to successfully identify, investigate and resolve challenges in your field.

    Enrich your professional practice

    You will develop a critical theological approach to ministry and leadership and increase your capacity to engender networks of trust and cooperation among ministry professionals. This course also develops your skills in the professional areas of preaching, leadership and management, and provides a greater understanding and appreciation of social issues in the mission of the church in a local and global context.

    Develop advanced research skills

    After completing core subjects in reflective practitioner perspectives, approaches to enquiry, literature review and research proposals in ministry, you will conduct research in your chosen field under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. You will develop your findings into a thesis which will make a substantial contribution to the professional practice of ministry.

    Choose from flexible study options

    Offering a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, CSU's School of Theology provides a broad range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs, as well as those of other cultures. You may study on campus, online, or a combination of the two.

    Benefit from quality teaching

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    Completion of CSU's Doctor of Ministry provides evidence of advanced practice-based research in the disciplines underpinning Christian ministry and positions you as an authority in your field. This qualification confers a competitive advantage in achieving high-level success in your profession.

  • 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 192 points made up of four core coursework subjects (64 points) 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).

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

    Dissertation/Portfolio
    The dissertation subject may not be taken until MIN740, MIN741, MIN742 and MIN743 have been successfully completed.  Subject details are as follows:

    MIN744 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry, Full-time (128 points)
    OR
    MIN745 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry, Part-time (128 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    FULL-TIME -

    Year 1 - Session 1
    MIN740 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16 points)
    MIN741 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16 points)

    Year 2 - Session 2
    MIN742 Literature Review in Ministry (16 points)
    MIN743 Research Proposal in Ministry (16 points)

    Years 2 and 3, Sessions 1 & 2
    MIN744 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry, Full-time (128 points)

    PART-TIME -

    Year 1 - Session 1
    MIN740 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16 points)

    Year 1 - Session 2
    MIN741 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16 points)

    Year 2 - Session 1
    MIN742 Literature Review in Ministry (16 points)

    Year 2 - Session 2
    MIN743 Research Proposal in Ministry (16 points)

    Years 3-6, Sessions 1 & 2
    MIN745 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry, Part-time (128 points)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

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


    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - 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!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOn campusUni WideFPPGYYYGADM
    DirectOn campusUni WideFPOSYYYIADM
    DirectOnlineUni WideRTSYYYEADM
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPOSYYYJADM
    DirectOn campusUni WideRTSYYYKADM
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPPGYYYOADM

    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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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    043703B (Uni Wide)

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    Find out more about deferral

  • 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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  • Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents.

    NORMAL COURSE DURATION

    By research, Full-time: 3 years minimum / 4 years maximum, Part-time: 6 years minimum / 8 years maximum, , Extended – for international students only, Full-time: 3 years minimum / 4 years maximum

    MODE

    Online; On campus

    CAMPUS

    Uni Wide

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  • NORMAL COURSE DURATION

    By research, Full-time: 3 years minimum / 4 years maximum, Part-time: 6 years minimum / 8 years maximum, , Extended – for international students only, Full-time: 3 years minimum / 4 years maximum

    MODE

    Online; On campus

    CAMPUS

    Uni Wide

    See full list of enrolment options

    COST OF STUDY

    Find out more about tuition fees

    CRICOS

    043703B (Uni Wide)