Doctor of Ministry
3Years Full Time
Payments Centrelink Approved
6Max Years Part Time
The Doctor of Ministry is an AQF level 10 research doctoral award whose graduates make a significant and original contribution to knowledge as applied in the context of professional Christian ministry practice.
The degree is designed to enable men and women to produce significant and original research outcomes and as beginning researchers demonstrate the capacity to design, implement, gather and interpret data, and communicate the results of the research for theses undertaken in specific fields of knowledge applied to various areas of professional ministry.
The degree would be for theological and non-theological graduates already in significant leadership positions in churches, denominational offices, para-church agencies and non-church agencies and institutions where people wanted to enhance their research by also applying insights from Christian traditions.
Graduates with a Doctor of Ministry have already been employed in significant denominational positions for strategic planning as well as teaching pastoral and missions courses at theological colleges, bible colleges and seminaries in Australian and overseas and would continue to do so.
96 credit points over 3 years (F/T)
Overall cps: 96
Length: 3 year F/T (6 semesters) or P/T equivalent up to 6 years (12 semesters)
Thesis: 80-100,000 word thesis, excluding bibliography
- MTh, OR
- BTh/BMin Hons, with at least 2A in dissertation, OR
- BTh or BMin with MA(Th/Min) 48 cps with RTP and an overall GPA≥3.0 and ≥Distinction in **796, OR
- BTh or BMin with GradDipTh/Min 36 cps with RTP and an overall GPA≥3.0 and ≥Distinction in **796, OR
- MDiv with MA(Th/Min) 32 cps with RTP and an overall GPA≥3.0 and ≥Distinction in **795 in FoR, OR
- MDiv with GPA≥2.0 and **795 in FoR with GradCertDiv 18 cps with RTP and ≥Distinction in **796, OR
- MDiv with GPA≥3.0 and ≥Distinction in **795 in FoR and RM09*, OR
- MA(ChrStuds) with GradCertDiv 18 cps with RTP and ≥Distinction in **796, OR
- MA(ChrStuds) with ≥Distinction in IN792 in FoR and RM09*
FoR = Field of Research
Other Academic Prerequisites:
A coursework Masters, research Masters or Doctorate in another field of study which is considered to contribute significantly to the proposed research topic.
Recognised Prior Learning:
The R&RSC will consider applications from those who do not meet the above academic prerequisites where extensive experience and expertise have been developed by the candidate. The normal rules for establishing RPL will apply.
Ministry Experience Prerequisites:
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of significant contribution in their ministry context since completion of their first degree. All applications would include a curriculum vitae, outlining various roles they have undertaken, positions held, major goals and most significant achievements.
Applicants would normally currently be ministry practitioners in positions of significant ministry responsibility, aspiring to positions such as senior pastors, mission/denominational board representatives, tertiary educators, denominational leaders, church planters, mission directors, church consultants, department leaders, or senior positions or researcher positions in work contexts where a specific Christian reflection on their work would be beneficial to their employing organisation.
If currently employed, applicants are required to produce a letter of commendation from their employer. This letter must also provide evidence from their employing organisation that the organisation understands the extent of the commitment.
Personal commendation from three referees should be provided on application for entry into the course. These should include a character reference from the senior minister of the church they attend; a reference from someone in a position to comment on the candidate’s ministry contribution; a reference form an academic who can comment on their capacity to undertake higher degree research study.
Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS min 7.5 overall with a min of 7.5 in reading and writing, 7.0 in listening and 6.5 in speaking
This course is registered on CRICOS and is available to overseas students.
The Learning Outcomes of the Doctor of Ministry aligns with AQF level 10 research doctoral award whose graduates make a significant and original contribution to knowledge as applied in the context of professional Christian ministry practice.
The learning outcomes may be organised into four distinct yet overlapping aspects that are addressed and reinforced by various phases and structures within the course.
Knowledge and Understanding Aspects
- Systematic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge of theological, biblical-hermeneutical and, sociological methods as related to the research topic.
- Independently and systematically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of the body of knowledge related to their research topic.
- Develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing professional practice.
- Disseminate and promote new insights to peers and the community.
- Generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to the professional practice of their research topic.
Applied knowledge and skills
- Demonstrate their autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner in the field of their research topic.
- Demonstrate their capacity to plan, execute, and evaluate research.
- Demonstrate their skills as communicators by disseminating their finding to their peers and the wider community.
Personal Developmental Aspects
- Doctor of Ministry graduates should demonstrate the capacity of life long learners committed to their on-going development with particular emphasis on their own personhood as Christians within a professional ministry context.
In the following domains, Graduates of the Doctor of Ministry will be able to
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate substantial expert knowledge at the frontier in a field of professional Christian ministry practice.
- Evaluate the various research principles and methodologies in a field of professional Christian ministry practice.
Inquiry and Analysis
- Assess the received body of knowledge in a field of professional Christian ministry practice with a view to identifying areas that require further research.
Problem Solving and Integration
- Formulate questions and issues; assemble data and literature; problematize data, concepts and theories; construct a theoretical and methodological framework; develop coherent evidence-based perspectives and professional practices as the basis of independent expert inquiry;
- Design and execute an independent investigation leading to an original and significant contribution to knowledge in a field of professional Christian ministry practice;
- Demonstrate understanding of and compliance with ethical matters related to human participant research;
- Present theoretical bases, methodologies and results of research to, and engage with, non-specialists, professional peers and the scholarly community;
- Present research in writing suitable for publication, including a thesis of 60,000 words;
Teamwork and Professional Practice
- As a leader and in groups, apply expert authoritative knowledge and understanding to professional ministry contexts and the wider community;
Engagement with the World
- Bring authoritative expert professional capacity to engagement with the challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world;
Continuous Learning and Development
- Demonstrate capacity independently and collaboratively to generate new knowledge and understanding by original research in professional Christian ministry contexts.
$8,000 per semester for full-time (16cp) domestic students. For more information about tuition fees, FEE-HELP, and student payments, view tuition fees.
- All candidates must initially apply through a supervising college approved to prepare candidates for the PhD degree using the required ACT form.
- All applicants with non-ACT qualifications must submit original or certified copies of transcripts or certificates of all tertiary study completed in theology or ministry to the Research and Research Studies Committee, which will determine granting candidature.
- All candidates initially have provisional status. Candidates must satisfactorily complete all Confirmation of Candidature requirements by the end of their first full time year (or part time equivalent) of candidature to progress to full candidate status.
- Candidates will be supervised at an affiliated college of the ACT approved to prepare candidates for the PhD.
- Supervisors must be registered as either principal supervisor and /or co-supervisor on the ACT Register of Supervisors.
- Candidates and their supervisors must complete and submit the Higher Degree by Research Annual Progress Report to the Research Student Administrator of the ACT via the postgraduate coordinator in the candidate’s supervising college by the due date. Where unsatisfactory progress is reported the Research and Research Studies Committee may require the candidate to ‘show cause’ why candidature should not be terminated.
- It is the candidate’s responsibility to be aware of and fully comply with all rules and regulations related to the Doctor of Philosophy. The online version of the ACT HDR Candidate’s Handbook provides the most up to date version of the rules and regulations.
- The candidates must be aware of the prescribed word limit for PhD theses. Theses must be at least 80,000 and no more than 100,000 words in length. See Guidelines for Theses in the ACT Higher Degree by Research Handbook.
- Candidates should expect to submit to the supervisor coherent accounts of the research to date according to the agreed Research Plan.
- Candidates should accept responsibility for maintaining negotiated regular communication with the supervisor and the progress of research agreed upon. If impediments arise, these should be immediately discussed with the supervisor.
- Higher Degree Research candidates may not be granted more than two (2) semesters of suspension of candidature during the term of their candidature, and may be granted no more than two semesters of extension of candidature prior to the examination phase of their candidature. The R&RSC will accept applications for suspension beyond the two semester limit on a case by case basis only for extraordinary circumstances, supported with written evidence.
- Under exceptional circumstances, the Research and Research Studies Committee may vary the period of candidature.
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