A three-year full-time courseA post-graduate course for professionalspreparing for church ministryElectives may be chosen in the fields of pastoralministry Pastoral counselling and cross-cultural missionMay be studied part-time for up to nine yearsAccredited with the Queensland Government through the Australian College of TheologyEligible for Austudy/Youth Allowance/Fee Help.
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is open to students who hold a university degree in a non-theological discipline. The course provides an integrated and systematic program of biblical and theological study, beginning with a foundational knowledge of the major disciplines of Christian theology including biblical languages. Once those foundations have been laid it provides advanced level studies in biblical exegesis and major theological doctrine. Students may choose electives in biblical studies, pastoral ministry, and pastoral counselling and cross-cultural missions.
This degree prepares people for a bible teaching and leadership role in the church or in a pastoral or cross-cultural ministry context. It also prepares students for advanced degrees in theology and ministry. Most denominations recognise this degree as fulfilling the academic requirements for ordinations but may require additional training to meet their denominational requirements for ordination. Mission organizations generally recognise this course as adequate training in biblical studies for missionary service, particularly for those preparing for a bible teaching ministry in the church.
Each candidate for the MDiv must have an approved three-year non-theological undergraduate degree from a recognised university or its equivalent. Except for those candidates who have completed the three-year degree or equivalent taught in English, international students whose first language is not English, must achieve an average score of 6.5, with no score under 6.00 in an IELTS test. Overseas students on a student visa must study full-time.
The full time course is composed of compulsory and elective units normally taken together over six semesters (three years). A total of 96 credit points (24 units) are required to complete the degree. Full-time students normally study four subjects each semester. Students may study the degree part time but must complete it within eight years.
Students may choose from a variety of Biblical and practical units covering such areas as:
More detailed information about units offered, cross-accreditation of units and assessment procedures are provided in the ACT Postgraduate Manual which is available in the Library and on the ACT website at http://www.actheology.edu.au/.
Full and part time students may enrol for the MDiv by completing an application form available from the office. An interview with a member of the faculty is also required.
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