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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Ministry from Charles Sturt University gives you the opportunity to critically reflect on your professional practice and contribute to scholarly debate in the discipline of Christian ministry and closely related fields.

You'll conduct a detailed research investigation into an area of professional relevance or interest and present your findings in a thesis or portfolio of research.

Course highlights

The Doctor of Ministry is designed to extend your knowledge in the sub-disciplines that underpin your profession and equip you with the attributes to successfully identify, investigate and resolve challenges in your field.

Enrich your professional practice

You'll develop a critical theological approach to ministry and leadership and increase your capacity to engender networks of trust and cooperation among ministry professionals. This course also develops your skills in the professional areas of preaching, leadership and management, and provides a greater understanding and appreciation of social issues in the mission of the Church in a local and global context.

Develop advanced research skills

After completing core subjects in reflective practitioner perspectives, approaches to enquiry, literature review and research proposals in ministry, you'll conduct research in your chosen field under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. You'll develop your findings into a thesis that will make a substantial contribution to the professional practice of ministry.

Choose from flexible study options

Charles Sturt University provides a broad range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs, as well as those of other cultures. You may study on campus, online (at one of four teaching sites) or a combination of the two.

Benefit from quality teaching

Charles Sturt University has a well-established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research in theology. Our approach is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education.

Career opportunities

Completion of Charles Sturt University's Doctor of Ministry demonstrates that you have advanced practice-based research in the disciplines underpinning Christian ministry. It positions you as an authority in your field and confers a competitive advantage in achieving high-level success in your profession.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Education

CRICOS

043703B

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,800.00 (14,34,690) per year
This fee is for 2021 and it may change in future.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

15 November 2021, 28 February 2022, 11 July 2022, 14 November 2022

Venue

Port Macquarie Campus

7 Major Innes Road,

PORT MACQUARIE,

New South Wales,

2444, NORTH COAST, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,800.00 (14,34,690) per year
This fee is for 2021 and it may change in future.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

15 November 2021, 28 February 2022, 11 July 2022, 14 November 2022

Venue

Goulburn Campus

McDermott Drive,

GOULBURN,

New South Wales,

2580, SOUTH COAST, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The entry qualifications required for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program: a relevant Bachelor degree at Honours Class 1 or Honours Class 2 Division 1; or a relevant Master by Research; or enrolled in a Charles Sturt University Master by Research program and has demonstrated exceptional ability in the conduct of a research project which is clearly capable of being extended to a doctoral level; or a relevant coursework Master s degree with evidence of research at a Distinction level or above; or other qualifications acceptable to the Faculty and the Research Committee. An applicant for admission to Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication candidature shall have: qualified for the award of a Master degree by research at an acceptable level; or an appropriate Bachelor degree with class 1 or class 2(i) Honours from an Australian university or an equivalent overseas tertiary institution, taken over a minimum of four years (full-time equivalent); or some other appropriate combination of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications (such as relevant graduate diplomas) and research experience which demonstrates to the Research Committee that he/she is capable of undertaking research at a Doctoral level, may be accepted into the program. Academic IELTS with a minimum overall score of 6.5 and with no score below 6.0 in each of the individual skill areas, TOEFL test result with a minimum overall score of 577, Internet based TOEFL score of 79; PTE Academic: 58; Cambridge (CPE) Pre 2015: 45; Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE from 2015: 176.

For international students

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 degree by coursework in theology or ministry (with a Grade 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);
  • 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;
  • be able to be assessed for variation to admission requirements based on equivalent prior learning - this will be assessed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the Course Management Committee
  • meet the University's English language proficiency requirements.
  • 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.

Students need to demonstrate proficiency by completing a qualification Charles Sturt deems equivalent to an Academic IELTS of 6.5, with no score below a 6.0, in each of the individual skill areas.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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