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Higher Education:

Doctoral Study.

ACOM’s Doctoral courses are research degrees designed for working senior leaders who wish to take a giant leap in professional and personal development. 

Courses offered are:

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is conferred by the Sydney College of Divinity. It is a research degree designed for working senior leaders who wish to take a giant leap in professional and personal development.

The DMin is undertaken by coursework and research/thesis. Candidates must achieve at least a high credit average in the coursework units before they can proceed to the research requirements.

Admission

The successful candidate must have:
• a four year BTh(Hons) or MTh , or MDiv; or a combination of awards deemed to be equivalent to the above, with a high Credit average; or
• a BTh or BMin, plus an MA that includes 18cpts Research Essay at high Credit level or better; or
• qualifications from a university or tertiary institution approved by the DMin Committee as equivalent to the requirements set out in above; and
• demonstrated potential for research; and
• at least four years full-time, or equivalent part-time, certified experience of ministry.

Time Limitations

The DMin program is 3-4 years full-time or 7-8 years as a part-time student.

Completion

Completion of the Doctor of Ministry requires completion of the following:
Coursework elements:
• Advanced Seminar in Pastoral Ministry (RP895)
• Advanced Seminar in Pastoral and Practical Methodology (RP896)

Research elements:

• a thesis of maximum 60,000 words including footnotes but excluding bibliography and appendices
• Compulsory participation in one DMin Workshop and one Research Degree Workshop, and regular evening research seminars after completion of the coursework. Research candidates operate under the supervision of the Sydney College of Divinity research committee.

More Information

More information is available from the Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, Dr. Leon O’Flynn 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy provides men and women with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a theologically related discipline by research at the highest level. It is designed for those who seek to further their study of a theologically related discipline for academic, vocational, professional and/or personal reasons.

The Doctor of Philosophy is available by thesis alone. It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant piece of research which investigates a theological topic in a systematic and comprehensive manner that is not available in course work programs.

Admission

The successful candidate must have:
• A four-year Bachelor(Hons),or equivalent, with results at First Class Honours or Second Class Honours Division I; or
• An MA(Hons) (SCD)
• Qualifications from another university or tertiary institution deemed by the College to be equivalent to those in (a) or (b) above

Time Limitations

The PhD program is 4 years full-time or 12 years as a part-time student.

Completion

All PhD candidates proceed to the award by thesis alone.
The thesis is to be 80,000-100,000 words in length, including footnotes and bibliography.

More Information

More information is available from the Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, Dr. Leon O’Flynn