Master of Ministry
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 already have an undergraduate qualification in theology then take a look at our Master of Theological Studies program.)
If English is not your first language, you need to have taken the IELTS test with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening or have 10 years English in-country experience.
This course is registered on CRICOS and is available to overseas students. For additional information for overseas students go to Overseas Students page.
24 units | 96 credit points | 3 yrs FT, up to 9 yrs PT | On-campus
Master of Ministry Course Structure:
2 units from Old Testament Introduction
2 units from New Testament Introduction
2 units from History
3 units from Theology
3 units from Exegesis (1 Old Testament, 1 New Testament)
5 units from Ministry and Practice: including 1 unit Ministry and Practice project or capstone, 1 Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministries and 1 Field Education unit.
6 elective units
Units in this course are completed at level 7 and above (with the exception of LA units which can be level 6 and above), no more than 12 units in total at levels 6 and 7, and including at least 3 units at level 9.
Units codes ending in 712 = Level 7, 812 = Level 8, 912 = Level 9.
Below are the units you can choose from each category.
Old Testament introduction
Old Testament Foundations – OT001-712
Old Testament Prophets and Writings – OT002-712
New Testament introduction
Jesus and the Gospels – NT001-712
Early New Testament Church – NT002-712
Christianity in History to 1550 – CH001-712
Christianity in History from 1550 to Modern Times – CH002-712
The Knowledge of God – TH001-812
Creation and the Fall, the Person and Work of Christ– TH102-812
The Doctrines of Grace and Eschatology – TH003-812
The Church and its Ministry– TH104-812
Old Testament exegesis
Pentateuch – OT008-812/OT009-812 (Hebrew exegesis available)
Former Prophets: 1 & 2 Samuel – OT010-812/OT011-812 (Hebrew exegesis available)
Exilic Prophecy (Isaiah 40-55) OT014-812
The Psalms OT020-812
New Testament exegesis (in English or Greek)
The Synoptic Gospels: Luke – NT008-812/NT009-812
John’s Gospel – NT016-812/NT017-812
The Pastoral Epistles – NT014-812/NT015-812
Pauline Theology and Romans – NT018-812/NT019-812
Paul and Corinthian Christianity – NT010-812/NT011-812
Ministry & Practice
Evangelism and mission
Mission Perspectives – EM001-712
Principles of Evangelism – EM024-712
Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context – EM018-812
Contextual Asian Ministry – EM031-812
Cross-Cultural Field Education – EM040-812
Pastoral and church-focused ministry
Pastoral Care – PC002-812
Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministry – PC008-812
Preaching I – PC047-812
Congregational Field Education – PC092-812
Practical Ministry Field Education – PC094-812
Biblical Hebrew (A) – LA003-612
Biblical Hebrew (B) – LA004-612
New Testament Greek (A) – LA005-612
New Testament Greek (B) – LA006-612
12, 24 or 36 credit point projects available all at Level 9.
Note: Biblical Introduction, Church History and Greek A & B are offered every year, while the other units run on a two-year cycle. Please refer to the college timetable to find out what is being offered each year.
A full-time study load is 4 units per semester. You can be full-time and study 3 units per semester; it will just take you longer to finish the course. A part-time study load is 1 or 2 units per semester.
This course is FEE-HELP and Centrelink approved.
What is FEE-HELP?
FEE-HELP is a loan that helps eligible fee paying students pay their tuition fees.
For eligibility and more information on FEE-HELP go to:
If you get part way through the Graduate Diploma of Divinity and are unable to complete the full course, there maybe options for receiving an award with the units you have completed. See Graduate Diploma of Divinity.
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 96 credit points you can receive the qualification.
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