Course details

CRICOS course code: 043703B

Level of study: Postgraduate


The Doctor of Ministry from Charles Sturt University gives you the opportunity to critically reflect on your professional practice and contribute to scholarly debate in the discipline of Christian ministry and closely related fields.

You'll conduct a detailed research investigation into an area of professional relevance or interest and present your findings in a thesis or portfolio of research.

Course highlights

The Doctor of Ministry is designed to extend your knowledge in the sub-disciplines that underpin your profession and equip you with the attributes to successfully identify, investigate and resolve challenges in your field.

Enrich your professional practice

You will develop a critical theological approach to ministry and leadership and increase your capacity to engender networks of trust and cooperation among ministry professionals. This course also develops your skills in the professional areas of preaching, leadership and management, and provides a greater understanding and appreciation of social issues in the mission of the church in a local and global context.

Develop advanced research skills

After completing core subjects in reflective practitioner perspectives, approaches to enquiry, literature review and research proposals in ministry, you will conduct research in your chosen field under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. You will develop your findings into a thesis which will make a substantial contribution to the professional practice of ministry.

Choose from flexible study options

Offering a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, CSU's School of Theology provides a broad range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs, as well as those of other cultures. You may study on campus, online, or a combination of the two.

Benefit from quality teaching

CSU's School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the school is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education.

Career opportunities

Completion of CSU's Doctor of Ministry provides evidence of advanced practice-based research in the disciplines underpinning Christian ministry and positions you as an authority in your field. This qualification confers a competitive advantage in achieving high-level success in your profession.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 26,800 Per Year
Start date: 01 March 2021
Duration: 3 years
Study mode: Full time

Brisbane Study Centre

Charles Sturt University
119 Charlotte Street Brisbane Queensland 4000

Entry criteria

Candidates admitted to the course will:

• hold a Class 1 or Class 2 Division 1 Bachelor (Honours) degree in theology or ministry, or a Master degree by coursework in theology or ministry (with a Grade Point Average of 6.00 or better), or a Master degree by research in theology or ministry. (Variation to admission requirements based on alternative academic qualifications will be assessed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the Course Management Committee); AND
• have at least five years of full-time (or equivalent) practice in professional ministry or in a cognate area, a significant amount of which should be able to be shown to be current; OR

• be able to be assessed for variation to admission requirements based on equivalent prior learning - this will be assessed by the Course Coordinator in consultation with the Course Management Committee

A minimum overall Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with no score below a 6.5 in each of the individual skill;

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet based score of 79;

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 58;

TOEFL Paper based test score of 557;

International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR): Level 3+;

Cambridge English Scale: CAE and CPE - 176.


Charles Sturt University
Wagga Wagga Campus
Boorooma Street North Country Nsw New South Wales 2650