Course details

CRICOS course code: 084480F

Level of study: Postgraduate


The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) includes both coursework and a thesis. You can design your research project while incorporating best practice from practitioners globally. You will gain advanced skills in critical thinking, communication and creative problem solving of complex issues, through independent, original research and scholarship. Your research will identify, investigate and address an issue in the profession of Christian ministry, making a significant original contribution to learning and professional ministry practice.


The course consists of 240 credit points comprising:

  • 1 core research methods subject (20 credit points)
  • 1800-level elective to be taken from the area of specialization (20 credit points)
  • 1 core 50,000 research thesis in area of specialization (200 credit points)

To qualify for award of the degree of Doctor of Ministry a candidate shall complete at least 240 credit points.




Critical, creative and systematic understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge that makes an original contribution to a particular area in the practice of ministry;

Advanced knowledge of scholarship and recent developments in the area of under consideration;

Understanding of advanced research principles and methods, and substantial knowledge of specific research approaches used in the field of practical ministry.


Demonstrated ability to:

Autonomously and analytically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of the body of theoretical knowledge related to a particular area of the practice of ministry;

Establish, incorporate and apply effective research methodologies to advance existing professional practice;

Design a research question that explores an original and complex issue and provide possible solutions to the problem raised;

Communicate effectively complex ideas, original knowledge and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;

Provide creative responses to the contemporary challenges and new developments in research and scholarship in the field of practical ministry.


Graduates of the DMin will have systematic and critical understanding in the discipline of Christian ministry, including innovative leadership models in contemporary contexts and a working knowledge of recent developments and approaches in the area of their specialization. Most of the graduates of the DMin are to be found in ordained service within the church as well as in the community, working out their vocations in not-for-profit, community and service industries. Graduate employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Church pastor
  • Lecturer or trainer (in area of specialization)
  • Community/NFP/NGO worker
  • Church administrator
  • Pastoral educator

Independent research may be undertaken anywhere in the world. Candidates are strongly recommended to attend one of the RES801 intensive classes in person, as this provides the strongest foundation for their studies.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
Indicative Total Course (240 credit points): 60,000 for the entire...
Read moreIndicative Total Course (240 credit points): 60,000 for the entire course; 2,500 per ten credit points; Application Fee: 100
Expected Aug 2023 10 years
Read moreUp to 10 years

Full time
AC Melbourne Campus
Level 4, 350 Queen St
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

This course of study requires the completion of higher education study at an authorized institution. Recent secondary education graduates are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

This course of study requires the completion of higher education study at an authorized institution. Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study are not eligible for direct entry into this course.

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Completion of an AQF Level 8 bachelors (honors 1 or 2a) degree in theology or ministry, or equivalent.


Completion of an AQF Level 8 or above postgraduate qualification in theology or ministry (with research component), or equivalent with GPA at least 2.8.


Graduates with an AQF Level 9 postgraduate qualification outside the field of theology or ministry must have completed at least 6 subjects in leadership and/or ministry, at least 4 subjects in bible and/or theology, at least a 20-credit point research project or research essay.

International Students will be required to show proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, reading 7.0; writing 7.0; speaking 7.0; listening 7.0 (or equivalent).


Alphacrucis College
Sydney Campus
30 Cowper Street
Sydney New South Wales 2150
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