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Master of Ministry

Theology at CSU

Master of Ministry

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Designed for qualified ministers, pastoral workers, chaplains and church leaders, CSU's Master of Ministry develops your pastoral and ministry skills and provides valuable opportunities for professional development.

You will develop a higher order of critical, creative, scholarly and informed investigation of the profession.

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Ministry assists religious practitioners and other church leaders to upgrade their knowledge and skills to an advanced level.

    Tailor your studies

    After completing core subjects in the foundations of church ministry and guided research in ministry, you can choose where your degree will take you. CSU offers research strands in ministry, pastoral counselling, institutional chaplaincy, mission and leadership, and religious and values education.

    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.

    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

    Whether you work in chaplaincy, ministry, church leadership or pastoral and aged care – or you aspire to do so – CSU's Master of Ministry will equip you with the professional knowledge and skills to succeed.

  • 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

    MASTER OF MINISTRY
    The degree consists of 96 points comprising two core subjects (32 points), restricted electives (32 points) and general electives (32 points).  Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

    Core Subjects (32 points)
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16 points)
    MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16 points) (final subject)


    Restricted electives (choose 32 points from one of the following fields)
    Research in Ministry
    MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16 points)
    MIN541 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16 points)

    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

    * THL400 and THL420 are prerequisites for THL428, THL430, and THL432.

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

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

    Religious and Values Education (RaVE)
    THL470 Religious and Values Education in Context (16 points) +
    THL580 RaVE: Media, Popular Culture and the Arts (16 points) +
    THL581 RaVE: Philosophical and Ethical Enquiry (16 points) +

    + Students must demonstrate a knowledge of curriculum development prior to enrolling in the RaVE subjects.

    Other electives (32 points)
    Students choose a further 32 points from any of the restricted electives listed above, or from the list below.  Students are encouraged to focus their electives in one or two discipline areas.

    THL518 Studies in Liturgy and Worship (16 points)
    THL519 Contemporary Issues in Practical Theology (16 points)
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    THL540 Public Theology (16 points)
    THL542 Political Theology (16 points)
    THL544 Theology and Spirituality in Contemporary Engagement (16 points)

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF MINISTRY  [Exit point only]
    The degree comprises 64 points, consisting of one core subject (16 points), restricted electives (32 points), and either general electives (16 points) or MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16 points) . 


    Core subject
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16 points)
    Restricted and other electives are selected from the lists above for the Master of Ministry.

    Enrolment pattern

    MASTER OF MINISTRY

    PART-TIME -

    Year 1 - Session 1
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16 points)

    Year 1 - Session 2
    Restricted Electives (16 points)

    Year 2 - Session 1
    Restricted Electives (16 points)

    Year 2 - Session 2
    Other electives (16 points)

    [Students ay exit at this point with the Graduate Diploma in Ministry]

    Year 3 - Session 1
    Other electives (16 points)

    Year 3 - Session 2
    MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16 points)

    FULL-TIME -

    Year 1 - Session 1
    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry (16 points)
    Restricted Electives (16 points)

    Year 1 - Session 2
    Restricted Electives (16 points)
    Other electives (16 points)

    [Students ay exit at this point with the Graduate Diploma in Ministry]

    Year 2 - Session 1
    Other electives (16 points)
    MIN501 Guided Research in Ministry (16 points)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    MIN500 Foundations of Church Ministry
    MIN540 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry
    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
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions

  • 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 - 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 campusUnited Theological CollegeFPPGYYNOAPM
    DirectOn campusCanberraFPPGYYNOAPN
    DirectOnlineCanberraFPOSYYNJAMM
    DirectOnlineCanberraFPPGYYNOAMM
    DirectOn campusCanberraFPOSYYNIAPM
    DirectOn campusUnited Theological CollegeFPOSYYNIAMM

    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).

  • 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)

    042758F (United Theological College, Canberra)

    Thinking of deferring?

    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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