If you have a non-theological degree, and have a heart for the church and a desire to guide, encourage and grow God’s people, then the Master of Ministry will suit you well.
The course begins with an overview of the entire biblical text, giving you a solid framework as you delve into more detailed analysis of key sections. You’ll have a chance to study particular books of the Bible in detail; gain a better understanding of the history and purpose of the church; and you’ll be engaging in theological discussions as you look more closely at topics like grace or eschatology, and their application in Christian life and ministry. There’s plenty of opportunities to develop your skills through the practical ministry training on offer in partnership with churches and Christian organisations. You’ll also be able to dig deeper into other areas such as pastoral ministry and preaching, cross-cultural mission, leadership development or further biblical study.
The Master of Ministry is a good qualification to have as it fulfills the requirements for ordination at most churches, though some might require candidates to complete additional denomination-specific training. The degree is also recognised by ministry organisations as excellent preparation for cross-cultural fieldwork.
To be able to study the Master of Ministry at BST you need to have an undergraduate degree in a non-theological discipline.
If you’re an international student, and English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test and achieved an average score of 7. The restrictions of a student visa also mean that international students must study full-time.
If you study the MDiv full-time it will take six semesters (three years), as you’ll do an average of four units each semester and you need 24 units to complete the course. You can study part-time if it suits you better, as long as you finish the course within nine years. Of your 24 units, four must be from Biblical Introduction, three from Exegesis, two from Church History, three from Theology, and four from Ministry and Practice. You also have to complete Research Methods, Field Education, Spiritual Formation, an eight credit point Project, as well as three elective units which you can choose from any of the sections below.
N.B. Core units are generally offered every year, while elective units are offered in alternative semesters. Please refer to the college timetable to find out what’s being offered.
Member for Everton (Australia)
“A good knowledge of practical theology is essential in Christian leadership. I work in an extremely challenging environment and regularly face difficult decisions – but my faith stands firm, undergirded by sound teaching from a well-respected college.”
Rev Dr Hugh Begbie
Church Pastor (in Australia)
“I greatly appreciated the academic support I was given while at BST, yet it is the pastoral support of the staff and my peers that has stuck with me. My time at college has helped me deal more compassionately with the moral ambiguities and uncertainties of life and to stand more readily with those bruised and battered by the world.”
If you complete a fourth year (full-time equivalent load) in the MMin, you will be awarded a Master of Ministry and a Graduate Diploma of Divinity. As long as you’ve gained an additional 16 credit points you can receive the qualification.
If you begin your course and for some reason you are unable to continue your MMin, provided that you have gained eight credit points (equivalent to studying four units), you will qualify for the GradCertDiv. If you have completed one year of full-time study (i.e., eight units) then you can receive the Graduate Diploma of Divinity.
This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.