This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

Master of Ministry


Course Description

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.

  • Introduces graduate students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message at an advanced level, and provides training which combines articulation of this story and message with their application and practice in the contemporary world. The course will include the essential research principles and methods used in Divinity as preparation for higher degrees in Theology and Ministry.
  • The course will be based on the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in the fields of:
    • Bible and Languages (LA, OT, NT, BB)
    • Christian Thought & History (TH, CH, PE)
  • It will also include units in the disciplines by which knowledge of God is applied to guide Christian practice in the three areas of the field of Ministry and Practice:
    • Evangelism & Missiology (EM)
    • Pastoral & Church Focused Ministry (PC)
    • Developmental Ministry (DM)
  • Through elective units students can:
    • Develop advanced understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History
    • Develop particular ministry skills in the three areas of the field of Ministry & Practice

Academic Qualifications:

  • Completed 3 year bachelor degree or equivalent

Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in listening and speaking OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.

Australian College of Theology Coursework Course Enrolment Policy

24 units | 96 credit points | 3 yrs FT, up to 9 yrs PT | On-campus & off-campus live stream

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

Below are the units you can choose from each category. 

Biblical Introduction

Old Testament introduction
Old Testament Foundations – OT001-812
Old Testament Prophets and Writings – OT002-812

New Testament introduction
Jesus and the Gospels – NT001-812
Early New Testament Church – NT002-812

Christian Thought

Christianity in History to 1550 – CH001-812
Christianity in History from 1550 to Modern Times – CH002-812

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
Christian Ethics – PE002 – 812
Christian Apologetics – PE007-812


Old Testament exegesis (in English or Hebrew) 
Pentateuch –  OT008-812/OT009-812 
Former Prophets: 1 & 2 Samuel – OT010-812/OT011-812
Isaiah (40-55) – OT014-812/OT015-812
The Psalms OT020-812/OT021-812

New Testament exegesis (in English or Greek)
The Synoptic Gospels: Luke – NT008-812/NT009-812
The Fourth 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 – EM001-812
Principles of Evangelism –  EM024-812
Ministry in a Culturally Diverse Context –  EM018-812
Contextual Asian Ministry – EM031-812
Cross-Cultural Field Education –  EM040-812

Pastoral and church-focused ministry
Preaching I – PC047-812
Spiritual Formation for Professional Ministry – PC008-812
Pastoral Skills and Methods– PC003-812
Theological Perspectives on Mental Health – PC137-812
Mental Health Issues in Christian Counselling – IN004-812
Congregational Field Education – PC092-812
Practical Ministry Field Education – PC094-812


Biblical Hebrew (A) – LA003-812
Biblical Hebrew (B) – LA004-812
New Testament Greek (A) –  LA005-812
New Testament Greek (B) –  LA006-812


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.

Course Rules

  • Maximum concurrent enrolment load: 60cps
  • There is a pre-requisite for Level 9 units: 48cps Level 8

Discipline knowledge and understanding

1. Demonstrate up-to-date extended knowledge and understanding of ‘Ministry’, including the spiritual and ethical implications

2. Discuss the essential research principles and methods used in Ministry

Inquiry and analysis

3. Utilize, and reflect upon prior knowledge and experience, and use and reflect critically on, current knowledge, ideas and practice in Ministry in inquiry based learning

Problem solving and integration

4. Integrate and synthesize extended learning and knowledge from a wide range of sources and contexts in the investigation of problems and issues in Ministry scholarship and practice


5. Plan and execute a research project or capstone experience by asking questions and identifying problems and using appropriate Ministry research principles and methods


6. Present extended Ministry knowledge, ideas and principles to, and engage with, specialist as well as non-specialist audiences using a variety of formats

Teamwork and professional practice

7. As leader and in groups, apply extended understanding of Ministry in formal ministry contexts and the wider community

Engagement with the world

8. Bring enhanced professional and vocational capacity to engagement with the challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world

Continuous learning and development

9. Demonstrate readiness for research at a higher level in capacity for wide reading, analytical rigour and independent thinking

BST Timetable, Calendar and Fees

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:

This course is registered on CRICOS (088085G) and is available to overseas students. Further information for overseas students can be found on our overseas student page.  

Overseas students can apply here.

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.

Tim Mander
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.”