Master of Divinity / Graduate Diploma of Divinity
4Years Full Time
Payments Centrelink Approved
12Max Years Part Time
- Introduces graduate students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message with greater breadth than the Master of Divinity, and provides training which combines articulation of this story and message with their application and practice in the contemporary world. The course will include the essential research principles and methods used in Divinity as preparation for higher degrees in Theology and Ministry.
- The combined course in Divinity will be based on the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in the fields of:
- Bible & Languages (LA, OT, NT, BB)
- Christian Thought & History (TH, CH, PE)
- It will also include units in the disciplines by which knowledge of God is applied to guide Christian practice in the three areas of the field of Ministry and Practice:
- Evangelism & Missiology (EM)
- Pastoral & Church Focused Ministry (PC)
- Developmental Ministry (DM)
- Through elective units students can:
- Develop advanced understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History
- Develop particular ministry skills in the three areas of the field of Ministry & Practice
128 credit points over 4 years (F/T)
- Language (LA003A & LA003B; OR LA004A & LA004B): 8 cps
- Old Testament core (OT501 & OT502): 8 cps
- New Testament core (NT501 & NT502): 8 cps
- Christianity in History core (from CH501 or CH505): 4 cps
- Additional Christianity in History, other than CH501 and CH505: 4 cps
- Biblical exegesis units (with a minimum of 4 cps from OT & 4 cps from NT, and including a minimum of 8 cps in original language): 16 cps
- Christian Thought & History (CH, PE, TH), including at least 12 cps in Theology at 600 level: 16 cps
- Ministry & Practice (EM, PC, DM): 8 cps
- Elective units: 56 cps
As part of the above units (in elective section or otherwise), all students must complete:
- **690 8 credit point (8,000 word) project in any unit field *; or
- **795 8 credit point (14,000 word) project in any unit field *; or
- **796 12 credit point (16,000 word) project in any unit field *; or
- a 4cps capstone experience unit
Units in this course are completed at 500/600 level.
* Students are permitted to take both a capstone experience unit and a project as part of their course, but are only permitted to take one capstone experience unit.
Academic Qualifications: non-theological bachelor degree or equivalent
Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in country experience
Mature Age Entry: none
This course is registered on CRICOS and is available to overseas students.
Discipline Knowledge and Understanding
1. Demonstrate wider up-to-date extended knowledge and understanding of ‘Divinity’, including the spiritual and ethical implications
2. Discuss the essential research principles and methods used in Divinity
Inquiry and Analysis
3. Utilize, and reflect upon prior knowledge and experience, and use and reflect critically on, a wider range of current knowledge, ideas and practice in Divinity in inquiry based learning
Problem Solving and Integration
4. Integrate and synthesize learning and knowledge from a wider range of sources and contexts in the investigation of problems and issues in Divinity scholarship and practice
5. Plan and execute a research project or capstone experience by asking questions and identifying problems and using appropriate Divinity research principles and methods
6. Present a wider range of extended Divinity knowledge, ideas and principles to, and engage with, specialist as well as non-specialist audiences using a variety of formats
Teamwork and Professional Practice
7. As leader and in groups, apply a wider range of extended understanding of Divinity in formal ministry contexts and the wider community
Engagement With the World
8. Bring enhanced professional and vocational capacity to engagement with the challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world
Continuous Learning and Professional Practice
9. Demonstrate readiness for research at a higher level in capacity for wide reading, analytical rigour and independent thinking
$8,800 per semester for full-time (16cp) domestic students. For more information about tuition fees, FEE-HELP, and student payments, view tuition fees.
- Max cps per semester: 20
- No more than 52 cps of foundational level units (500 level) can be counted in a student’s course of study. Biblical language units (LA0**) are not counted as foundational level units for this requirement.
- 600 level units with specific conditions may be taken when the pre-requisite or co-requisite or required units have been successfully completed and/or any co-requisite unit is taken concurrently.
- 700 level units may be taken once 64 cps have been successfully completed. If students wish to take 700 level units, they are 4 cp versions, with the exception that students may enrol in **796, 16,000 word major project worth 12 cps
- A maximum of 16 cps may be taken in Type B elective units.
- A maximum of 16 cps may be studied in DSC mode, including no more than 8 cps in any one field of study.
Occupational functions of graduates
- Teacher or ordained minister in a congregation with responsibility for preaching, teaching, and preparing people for church membership.
- Pastor with responsibility for providing leadership in various ministry and pastoral care contexts.
- Leader able to take part in wider debates in the church, the denomination, or society with respect to interpreting and mediating the Christian tradition in the modern world.
- Leader preparing for higher degrees in theology and ministry.
- Teacher of diploma level units in the graduate’s specialisation in a theological or Bible college.
- Ability to interpret and critically evaluate the biblical deposit, especially those books which have played a crucial role in the development of the Christian tradition, with a comprehensive knowledge of their original context and their major themes and ideas.
- Comprehensive and critical understanding of and ability to exegete biblical texts in their original language(s).
- Comprehensive and critical understanding of the major theological tenets of the Christian faith which underpin any coherent theological world view and philosophy of ministry.
- Skills in at least one area of pastoral ministry.
- Comprehensive and critical understanding of the historical conditions under which theological worldviews have developed and are being shaped today.
- openness to the tradition of published scholarship and the diversity of viewpoints which characterise that scholarship in the various fields of the discipline of theology as essential to understanding and respecting the discipline and as an integral part of the preparation for communicating the Christian tradition and contributing to the on-going enterprise of the community of scholars in the articulation and actualisation of the Christian faith.
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