Master of Arts

Master of Arts (MA)


Course Convenor:

Dr David Tasker

Course Code:

2005

CRICOS Code:

057326G

Duration


The MA is a coursework degree comprised of 8 units (48 credit points) and is offered in part-time mode only. Students typically progress at the rate of two units per year and take four years to complete the course. The Study Load Policy stipulates that the MA, since it is only a one year full-time equivalent course must be completed within a maximum of four years.

Overview


The primary aim of the Master of Arts course is to provide further academic education at postgraduate level in biblical studies, theology, pastoral studies and mission for clergy and lay people in an Adventist setting. Avondale College of Higher Education (Avondale), however, welcomes applications from all who are interested in the study of theology and ministry and who meet the academic entry requirements. The course aims to achieve some balance among theological and related academic disciplines such as the humanities and the human sciences. The aim of this balance is to provide an enhanced theoretical and practical context for the students' professional life. In order to function as well-informed professionals providing pastoral care and Christian guidance in their chosen fields, graduates should demonstrate increased competence and deepened understanding in both Biblical-Theological Studies and Pastoral-Mission Studies.

Accreditation


The Master of Arts is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). For further information click here

Entry Requirements


Places in the Master of Arts course will normally be available to applicants with a four-year Bachelors Degree in arts or equivalent.
Places in the Master of Arts degree with a specialisation in Theology and Biblical Studies will normally be available to applicants with a four-year Bachelors Degree with a major in Theology, or adequate Theology units within a four-year degree to support intended postgraduate study; a three-year Bachelors Degree plus honours year or one full year of postgraduate Theology study; or a Bachelors Degree in any field plus a Graduate Diploma in Ministry and Theology or equivalent.
In all instances above the Bachelor degree must be at AQF Level 7 or higher.

Normally applicants will be required to have a minimum of two years’ experience in a ministry setting, during which they have been accountable to an appropriate professional or official. (A written summary of the applicant’s work experience and a written recommendation from an accountable official will be required before admission is finalised.)

An applicant whose Bachelor's Degree was not taught in English should demonstrate English competency by achieving no score less than 6.5 in each of the bands and an overall minimum of 7 on the IELTS or a standardised equivalent.

Admission with Advanced Standing
Students who have completed appropriate postgraduate level coursework in other courses at Avondale or in other accredited tertiary institutions may be admitted to the MA course with advanced standing up to the equivalent of 50% of the MA award.

Assumed Knowledge and Skill Prerequisites
It is assumed that sufficient biblical, theological, historical and biblical language knowledge exists for the student to participate in the MA course. Students lacking knowledge of biblical languages may not be admitted to certain units.

Work Experience
It is assumed that those entering this course have work experience which will enable them to relate to and benefit from the professional studies and seminars provided.

Course Structure


8 units of 6 credit points each over 1 year full time, or 4 years part time from one of the following patterns, to total 48 credit points:
  1. 1 to 2 units in Research or Capstone Experience, and6 or 7 units (to make 8 units in total) with a course code of 50000 or higher from any accredited Master’s course at Avondale (4 of which must be taken from units offered within the Faculty).
OR
  1. A coherent selection of 7 units from across the specialisations (with the approval of the course convenor) and either 1 research unit or capstone unit.

Course sequence:

CHART / MAP OF COURSE SEQUENCE
associated with Specialisations 1 – 5 (Youth Ministry, Family Ministry, Pastoral Leadership, Children’s Ministry, Chaplaincy)
3 required units: THBB56600 Theology, Theory & Practice of Leadership for Ministry
CMIN50300 Advanced Life Span Development for Ministry
CMIN55300 Crisis Intervention for Ministry
3 Coursework units relating to an area of interest (specialisation):
Youth Ministry Family Ministry Pastoral Leadership Children’s Ministry Chaplaincy
CMIN57100
Christian Spirituality and Personal Development for Youth Ministry
CMIN57200
Christian Spirituality and Personal Development for Family Ministry
CMIN57300
Christian Spirituality and Personal Development for Pastoral Leadership
CMIN57400
Christian Spirituality and Personal Development for Children’s Ministry
CMIN57500
Christian Spirituality and Personal Development for Chaplaincy
CMIN56400
Youth Ministry in the Setting of Contemporary Culture
CMIN56300
Family Studies
CMIN56800
Theory and Practice of Worship and Preaching
CMIN56700
Context and Content of Ministry with Children
CMIN56500
Clinical Pastoral Education 1
CMIN56100
Selected Issues in Youth Ministry
CMIN56200
Intimacy and Human Relationships
CMIN56900
Contemporary Models of Church Renewal
CMIN52600
Selected Issues in Children’s Ministry
CMIN56600
Clinical Pastoral Education 2
2 units [12 credit points] chosen from the following options:
THRE51000 Research Project (OR THRE50000 Research Methodology in Theological research) + electiveORCMTH52500 Ministry Capstone Experience + electiveOR2 electives


Elective Unit options:
Any CMIN50000-level unit from any of the other specialties as well as
CMIN52300 Parenting and Parenting Resources
CMIN53300 Youth Ministry Practicum
CMIN55400 Group Process: Theory and Practice in Ministry
THBB50800 Principles and Methods of Theology
THBB50900 Contemporary Methods in Biblical Studies
THBB51000 Issues in Contemporary Theology
THBB53200 Parables of Jesus
THBB51700 A Topic in Contextual Theology: Theology and South Pacific Culture
THBB51900 Selected Topic in OT Theology: Sacred Times
THBB53100 An In-depth Study of a Selected Theologian: Karl Barth
THBB50600 Intertextuality and Early Christian Literature
THBB50400 Seventh-day Adventism: A Case Study in Apocalypticism, Time, and Change
THBB50300 Perspectives on Biblical Apocalyptic
THBB51800 Selected Topic in Theology: Christian Anthropology
THBB50700 Exegesis of the Psalms

CHART / MAP OF COURSE SEQUENCE
associated with Specialisation 6 (Theological and Biblical Studies)
1. 4 units of 50000-level or higher, with course codes starting with THBB Unit options:
THBB50800 Principles and Methods of Theology
THBB50900 Contemporary Methods in Biblical Studies
THBB51000 Issues in Contemporary Theology
THBB53200 Parables of Jesus
THBB51700 A Topic in Contextual Theology: Theology and South Pacific Culture
THBB51900 Selected Topic in OT Theology: Sacred Times
THBB53100 An In-depth Study of a Selected Theologian: Karl Barth
THBB50600 Intertextuality and Early Christian Literature
THBB50400 Seventh-day Adventism: A Case Study in Apocalypticism, Time, and Change
THBB50300 Perspectives on Biblical Apocalyptic
THBB51800 Selected Topic in Theology: Christian Anthropology
THBB50700 Exegesis of the Psalms
THBB56600 Theology, Theory & Practice of Leadership for Ministry
2. THRE51000 Research Project; or
THRE50000 Research Methodology in Theological Research


Enquiries


To enquire about this course please contact Avondale Admissions: study@avondale.edu.au; +61 2 4980 2377; freecall 1800 991 392 (within Australia).
Updated By: Brian Greentree