CSU’s 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.
Generous Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) scholarships are offered for this course, with applications closing on 31 October in the year prior to entry. Applicants with an excellent proposal and a strong CV, or enrolled students who are progressing well, may be awarded an AGRTP scholarship that covers course fees and gives a tax-free stipend.
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- 3 years full-time
- 6 years part-time
- Online (Distance Education)
- On Campus – Canberra
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’s degree by coursework in theology or ministry (attained at a grade point average of 6.00 or better), or a Master’s 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 Higher Degree by Research Admissions 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 (Recognised Prior Learning), which will be assessed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the Higher Degree by Research Admissions 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.
To enrol, students apply directly to Charles Sturt University after speaking with the appropriate course advisor.
The course consists of four core coursework subjects and a dissertation of 128 credit points.
- Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry
- Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry
- Literature Review in Ministry
- Research Proposal in Ministry
The dissertation subject may not be taken until coursework subjects have been successfully completed.