OUR POSTGRADUATE MINISTRY QUALIFICATIONS


If you already have an undergraduate degree (or its equivalent in professional experience), the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is where you can specialise and focus your learning.


Graduate Certificate in Leadership

(GCertLead)

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is the entry point for the Master of Leadership. Comprising of four units, two compulsory, the units then credit the Master of Leadership, leaving a remaining 8 units to complete.

Number of Units

4

Duration of Course

0.5 years full-time
1.5 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed undergraduate degree in Theology or Ministry.

Core Units Required

2
/ Foundations of Christian Leadership
/ One specialist leadership unit

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Future study options include the MLead.

Master of Leadership

(MLead)

It’s time for a different kind of Christian leader.
In this rapidly changing world, you need to possess deep spiritual conviction and a passion for mission, but with great skills in organisational management. The Master of Leadership focuses on building leadership capacity for people involved in a wide range of religious, not-for-profit and social enterprises. Students may be working for organisations in education, welfare, aged care, disability services, local church or other ministries that require specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

The increasingly sophisticated religious not-for-profit sector now demands that its leaders have both great spiritual leadership depth and professional management skills tailored to the unique needs of a mission-based organisation. Built on a strong biblical and theological framework, the Master of Leadership is designed to help students become effective leaders for a rapidly changing world. Regardless of their context, effective leaders will be agents of change who can help ignite and manage the transformation of their organisation and our society.

Choose your own special emphasis from the following /
Community Sector Stream /

This programme focuses on real-world survival skills for those engaged in leading not-for-profit social enterprises in hospitality, education, welfare, aged care, disability services, local church or other ministries.
Mission Stream /
Utilising the resources and global connections of the Alliance Institute for Mission, students can focus on international or local missions with an emphasis on hands-on service and experiences.
Transformation Stream /
In collaboration with the global Christian Spiritual Formation network, including organisations such as The Renovare Institute and The Apprentice Centre, this programme focuses on personal spiritual formation as a foundational dimension for spiritual leaders seeking to be agents of transformation in our society.
Church Stream /
The skills required of church leaders are now more complex than ever.
This programme focuses on governance, risk management, human resources and finance, which are all necessary to manage the day-to-day running of a growing church community.

Specialist Leadership units include:
C8525 Chaplain as Coach
C8548 Well-being and resilience for people helpers
M9685 Cross Cultural Mission
P8504 Practice of Pastoral Supervision
P8562 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
P8572 Spiritual Leadership
P8581 Accounting for Not-for-Profits
P8583 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
P9661 Conflict Resolution
P9662 Mastering Change
P9664 Leading the Larger Church
S8503 Spiritual Formation 4 (Personal Transformation)
S9665 Discerning God’s Will Together

Choose your own personalised learning mode from the following /
Be part of a face-to-face learning cohort /
Being part of a student cohort is a great way to learn. Specialised cohorts create an experience of learning that immerses the students in particular areas of study. Cohorts focus on the importance of learning in community, offering participants the opportunity to develop relational networks with like-minded ministry practitioners.

Study online from anywhere in the world /
We understand that postgraduate students are usually already working in a professional role involving mission or ministry. You are already learning on the job and want to incorporate your working experiences into your studies while developing the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges you face in a changing work environment.

Number of Units

12 total (entry via a 4 unit GradCert)

Duration of Course

1.5 years full-time
4.5 years part-time

Entry Requirements

Students enter via a Graduate Certificate.

Core Units Required

6
/ Foundations in Christian Leadership
/ Non-Profit Governance for Ministry
/ Three specialist leadership units
/ One research project

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Future study options include the MDiv, DMin and PhD.

Graduate Certificate in Arts

(GradCertArts)

The Graduate Certificate in Arts allows students to focus on a specific area of postgraduate study or sample a number of topics that interest them. Students who select this qualification are adding to existing educational qualifications or are using this as an entry point into studies after numerous years of professional activity.

Many students engaging in cohort study choose a Graduate Certificate in Arts as an ideal way to specialise.
Concentrations in a number of disciplines are available, for example, Bible, Theology, Christian Life and Ministry, Chaplaincy, Spirituality, Mission, Leadership.

Number of Units

4

Duration of Course

0.5 years full-time
1.5 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed undergraduate degree in any discipline

Core Units Required

Choose any units

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Students who complete this award often continue their educational pathway with the MA, MDiv, MLead, or (with the correct requirements) the MTh.

Graduate Diploma of Arts

(GradDipArts)

The Graduate Diploma of Arts is an ideal qualification for students who are building on previous study, but without the commitment of undertaking a master’s degree. Students can focus on new areas of specialisation, sample a range of new subject areas or build on previous study.

Concentrations in a number of disciplines are available, for example, Bible, Theology, Christian Life and Ministry, Chaplaincy, Spirituality, Mission, Leadership.

Number of Units

8

Duration of Course

1 years full-time
3 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed undergraduate degree in any discipline

Core Units Required

1
Spiritual Formation 4

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Students who complete this award often continue their educational pathway with the MA, MDiv, MLead, or (with the correct requirements)
the MTh.

Master of Arts

(MA)

The Master of Arts is a high-quality programme of professional development designed for students who want to update their leadership capacities, missional orientation and ability to relate to emerging postmodern cultures.

The flexible nature of this degree allows students to sample a range of topics within the theological and leadership sphere or to focus on a particular area of study. Concentrations in a number of disciplines are available, for example, Bible, Theology, Christian Life and Ministry, Chaplaincy, Spirituality, Mission, Leadership.

Number of Units

12

Duration of Course

1.5 years full-time
4.5 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed undergraduate degree in any discipline

Core Units Required

2
/ Spiritual Formation 4
/ Any Research unit or Independent Guided Study

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Depending on previous study, MA graduates may go on to study MTh, MLead, MDiv, DMin or PhD.

Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision

(GradCertPSupervision)

The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in ministry/theology or an allied helping profession who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision is the entry point for the Master of Professional Supervision.

Number of Units

4

Duration of Course

0.5 years full-time
2 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A three-year undergraduate degree in ministry/theology plus five years professional experience within ministry, theology, social work, social science, counselling or psychology and recommendation from their employer, professional association or denominational movement.

Core Units Required

4
/ Practice of Pastoral Supervision
/ Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice
/ Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
/ Well-Being and Resilience for People Helpers

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

This award is the entry point for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision and Master of Professional Supervision.

Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision

(GradDipProfSupervision)

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision is designed for those possessing an AQF8 Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

Number of Units

8 total (entry via a 4 unit GradCert)

Duration of Course

0.5 years full-time
2 years part-time

Entry Requirements

Students enter via a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision

Core Units Required

2
/ Human Sexuality in Helping Professions
/ Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Future study options include the MProfSupervision or MA.

Master of Professional Supervision

(MProfSupervision)

The Master of Professional Supervision focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit and community-focused enterprises.

Students will develop the skills and specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high-quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions. 

Number of Units

12 (entry via a 4 unit GradCert)

Duration of Course

1 years full-time
4 years part-time

Entry Requirements

Students enter via a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision

Core Units Required

2
/ Human Sexuality in Helping Professions
/ Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Depending on previous study, MProfSupervision graduates may continue studying the MTh, MLead, MDiv, DMin or PhD.

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

(GradCertThSt)

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is for students seeking foundational postgraduate theological studies. It is ideal, and provides entry, for those considering a Master in Theological Studies.

Number of Units

4

Duration of Course

0.5 years full-time
1.5 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed undergraduate degree in any discipline

Core Units Required

/ Introduction to Theology
/ Introduction to the Old Testament or Introduction to the New Testament
/ 2 electives

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Students who complete this award often continue their educational pathway with the MThSt, MA, MDiv, MLead, or (with the correct requirements) the MTh.

Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies

(GradDipThSt)

The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies helps students who want to develop skills in Theological and/or Biblical Studies.

Specialisations include:
Biblical Studies
Theology

Number of Units

8

Duration of Course

1 years full-time
3 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed undergraduate degree in any discipline

Core Units Required

/ Introduction to Theology
/ The Person and Work of Christ
/ Introduction to the Old Testament
/ Introduction to the New Testament
/ 4 electives

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Students who complete this award often continue their educational pathway with the MThSt, MA or MDiv, or (with the correct requirements) the MTh.

Master of Theological Studies

(MThSt)

The Master of Theological Studies is an advanced course of study for students wishing to acquire expertise in biblical and theological studies. It allows students to explore these areas in depth, while still having the flexibility to supplement this with studies in other disciplines also.

Specialisations include:
/ Biblical Studies
/ Theology

Number of Units

12 total (entry via a 4 unit GradCert)

Duration of Course

1.5 years full-time
4.5 years part-time

Entry Requirements

Students enter via a Graduate Certificate.

Core Units Required

/ Introduction to the Old Testament
/ Introduction to the New Testament
/ Hermeneutics
/ Introduction to Theology
/ The person and work of Christ
/ Research unit in B or T (Independent Guided Study, research project, research essay or capstone unit)
/ 6 electives

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Depending on previous study, MThSt graduates may go on to study Ma, MTh, MLead, MDiv, DMin or PhD.

Master of Theology

(MTh)

This degree builds on previous theological study. Students engaged in this degree can now focus on a particular area of interest and develop a significant research project. Throughout this programme, students will be exposed to various methodological tools.

These tools allow students to reflect critically on the manner in which various disciplines intersect with each other.
Research skills that have been established will be advanced to new levels.

The purpose of the academic rigor of this degree is to provide fresh biblical and theological insight for ministry, and to prepare potential students for further research study at a doctoral level.

Number of Units

12

Duration of Course

1.5 years full-time
4.5 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed undergraduate degree in Theology

Core Units Required

4
/ Spiritual Formation 4
/ Research Methodology
/ Research Project or Essay (worth 2 or 4 units)

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Future study options include the MDiv, MLead, DMin and PhD.

Doctor of Philosophy

(PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in a theologically-related area through research at the highest academic level. It is designed for those who seek to further their study in a specialist area (and can include interdisciplinary research). The PhD also offers research training and experience to support an academic or professional career involving research.

The PhD is undertaken by research and thesis alone.

It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant extended piece of research that investigates a theologically-related topic in a systematic, creative and comprehensive manner not available in coursework programmes.

Number of Units

This degree is completed after the submission of an 80,000 word thesis that contributes to knowledge by providing original investigation.

Duration of Course

3 - 4 years full-time
6 - 8 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed postgraduate degree in theology. The Doctor of Philosophy is supervised and awarded by the Sydney College of Divinity, of which ACOM is a Member Institution.

Core Units Required

Cost

The cost for the Doctor of Philosophy can be discussed on enquiry.

Future Pathways

Contact us to discuss further study options.

Master of Divinity

(MDiv)

The Master of Divinity is aimed at students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Bible or Theology, and are seeking to be recognised as a minister of religion.

Through the programme, students will be challenged to explore biblical and theological issues at a deep level and develop critical-thinking skills that will set them up for effective full-time pastoral ministry.

This degree allows students to engage with independent research in areas of specific interest and to participate in ACOM’s spiritual formation process. The study of biblical languages allows students to engage the biblical text at a new and profound level.

Number of Units

24

Duration of Course

3 years full-time
9 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed undergraduate degree
in any discipline

Core Units Required

16
/ Introduction to the Old Testament
/ Introduction to the New Testament
/ Hermeneutics
/ Israel’s Beginnings –
Genesis and Exodus
/ Introduction to Theology
/ The Church
/ The Trinity
/ Introduction to Discipleship
/ Advanced Theology Elective
/ Introduction to Pastoral Care
/ Spiritual Formation 4
/ Spiritual Formation 5
/ Introduction to Christian History
/ The Restoration Movement
(Churches of Christ only)
/ Research Methodology
/ Research Project

Cost

Standard unit: $2,490
(specialty units excluded)

Future Pathways

Future study options include the DMin and PhD.

Doctor of Theology

(ThD)

 The Doctor of Theology (ThD) provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced study through research at the highest academic level. It is designed for those who seek to further their study specifically in theology. The ThD also offers research training and experience to support an academic or professional career involving research.

The ThD is undertaken by research and thesis alone. It provides the opportunity for candidates to embark on a significant extended piece of research that investigates theology in a systematic, creative and comprehensive manner not available in coursework programmes.

Number of Units

This degree is completed after the submission of an 80,000 word thesis that contributes to knowledge by providing original investigation.

Duration of Course

3 - 4 years full-time
6 - 8 years part-time

Entry Requirements

A completed postgraduate degree in theology. The Doctor of Theology is supervised and awarded by the Sydney College of Divinity, of which ACOM is a Member Institution.

Core Units Required

Cost

The cost for the Doctor of Theology can be discussed on enquiry.

Future Pathways

Contact us to discuss further study options.

Doctor of Ministry

(DMin)

The Doctor of Ministry provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced study in Christian Life and Ministry. Grounded in professional practice, research is supported with specialist coursework.

This course is designed for those who seek to expand their own understanding and develop new knowledge in a specialist area, contributing to the mission of the church in a global or local context.

Number of Units

2 units plus thesis

Duration of Course

3 - 4 years full-time
6 - 8 years part-time

Entry Requirements

An appropriate degree in theology and experience in ministry.
The Doctor of Ministry is supervised and awarded by the Sydney College of Divinity, of which ACOM is a Member Institution.

Core Units Required

Students complete 2 units of coursework, focusing on methodology, hermeneutics, and research theory.
This work is followed by the submission of a 60,000 word thesis.

Cost

The cost for the Doctor of Ministry can be discussed on enquiry.

Future Pathways

Contact us to discuss further study options.

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enter ministry but now their Graduate School
is equipping me to go further in my ministry calling.TROYS STORY

Our ACOM Schools offer a wide variety of excellent opportunities to suit you.