Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry – CSU Campus Sydney – Parramatta

CSU’s Sydney Campus Doctor of Ministry degree aims to provide the opportunity for advanced critical reflection on professional practice in the discipline of Christian Ministry and closely related fields.

There are three main aims of the course:

  1. the extension of a candidate’s knowledge of the discipline of Christian Ministry which underpin his or her profession
  2. the development of attributes required of the candidate to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting his or her profession
  3. the successful conduct by the candidate of research into a current problem confronting the profession and the presentation of the findings of the research in a thesis

Doctor of Ministry – CSU Campus Sydney – Parramatta

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Objectives

Upon completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  1. provide a research grounding for reflective practitioner research and practice-based research in the disciplines that constitute the field of Christian Ministry;
  2. demonstrate an extended knowledge of the sub-disciplines of Christian Ministry and closely related fields;
  3. develop to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems confronting these fields;
  4. carry out a program of research into current problems confronting Christian Ministry and present the findings of the research in a thesis or portfolio of research;
  5. demonstrate a developed critical theological approach to ministry and leadership in their profession;
  6. demonstrate a competitive advantage in achieving high-level success in their profession;
  7. understand the need for, and have developed the capacity to, engender networks of trust and cooperation among ministry professionals;
  8. demonstrate development of new skills in the professional areas of preaching, leadership, and management; and
  9. demonstrate a greater understanding and appreciation of social issues in the mission of the church in a local and global context.

Course Structure

The course consists of four core coursework subjects and a dissertation of 128 points.

Coursework Subjects

Up to 32 points credit may be given from the Master of Ministry for the successful completion of MIN540 and MIN541 (equivalent to MIN740 and MIN741
MIN740 Approaches to Enquiry in Ministry (16)
MIN741 Reflective Practitioner Perspectives in Ministry (16)
MIN742 Literature Review in Ministry (16)
MIN743 Research Proposal in Ministry (16)

Dissertation/Portfolio

The dissertation subject may not be taken until MIN740 MIN741 MIN742 and MIN743 have been successfully completed.
MIN744 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry FT (128)
or
MIN745 Doctoral Thesis in Ministry PT (128)

Admission Requirements

Candidates admitted to the course will:

  1. hold a Class 1 or Class 2 (Division 1) Bachelor (Honours) degree in theology or ministry, or a Master degree by coursework in theology or ministry (attained at a course credit point average of 6.00 or better), or a Master 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 Course Management Committee)
  2. 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
  3. meet the University’s English language proficiency requirements, and
  4. be able to be assessed for variation to admission requirements based on RPL – this will be assessed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the Course Management 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.