Master of Ministry

Developing the pastoral and ministry skills of qualified ministers, pastoral workers, chaplains and church leaders.

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Master of Ministry

CSU’s Master of Ministry gives current ministers the practical skills and knowledge to step up in their professional practice.

This is a practical, ministry-oriented course for qualified ministers, pastoral workers, chaplains and church leaders looking to reflect on contemporary ministry practice. 

This course can be taken part-time to suit current work and family commitments while you undertake your professional development.

  • 1.5 years full-time
  • 3-4 years part-time
  • Online or on campus with possible residential school components for select electives
  • Available on campus in Canberra

You will need the following qualifications to be eligible for this course.

  • 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;
  • At least two years of full-time professional experience in ministry.


16 points of Transfer Credit towards General Electives may be granted for the completion of either:

This degree consists of 96 points comprising three core subjects (32 points). Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

Core Subject

  • MIN400 — Reflective Practice in Contemporary Ministry (8 points)
  • MIN401 — Supervision in Ministry (8 points)
  • MIN501 — Guided Research in Ministry (16 points) (final subject)

Restricted electives (choose 32 points from one of the following fields)


  • MIN402 — Church Governance and Management
  • MIN403 — Christian Chaplaincy in Context
  • MIN405 — Applied Principles of Church Leadership
  • MIN418 — Practical Studies in Liturgy and Worship
  • MIN419 — Contemporary Issues in Practical Theology
  • MIN438 — Contemporary Mission and Evangelism
  • MIN440 — Public Theology for Ministry
  • THL445 — Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
  • THL451 — Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life
  • THL446 — Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
  • MIN525 — Professional Supervision*
  • MIN540 — Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16 points)
  • MIN541 — Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16 points)


  • 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: Relationships and Family
  • THL434 — Spiritual Direction in the Christian Tradition
  • THL435 — Applied Pastoral Theology


Students choose a further 32 points from any of the restricted electives listed above, and may include the following:

  • THL521 — Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions

Expression of Interest

Charles Sturt University will be accepting applications for this course from late 2018. If you would like to be contacted when applications open for this course, please leave your details below.

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