Master of Arts

Course Code2005
CRICOS Code057326G
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Four years part-time (or one and a half years full-time equivalent)
Study mode: Mixed mode

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Fee Support

FEE-HELP available for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au

About


The Master of Arts provides postgraduate education to Christian leaders through three specialisations; pastoral leadership, chaplaincy studies and theology/biblical studies. The degree equips students for greater effectiveness in ministry to churches, schools, hospitals and the wider community. There are three core units - Graduate Studies in Biblical Spirituality (CMIN51100, Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership for Ministry (THBB56600), and Discipleship and Disciple-making – Meaning, Context and Application (CMIN52110).

Pastoral Leadership Specialisation

1. Graduate Studies in Biblical Spirituality

2. Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership for Ministry

3. Discipleship and Disciple-making – Meaning, Context and Application

4. Theological Framework for Pastoral Leadership

5. Perspectives on Luke-Acts

6. Church Planting in Biblical and Contemporary Perspective

7. Theology of Mission

8. Mission in/to Pluralistic Societies

Chaplaincy Studies Specialisation

1. Graduate Studies in Biblical Spirituality

2. Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership for Ministry

3. Discipleship and Disciple-making – Meaning, Context and Application

4. Fundamentals of Counselling

5. Ethics, Diversity and Spiritual Integration

6. Therapeutic Communication

7. Clinical Pastoral Education 1

8. Theological Framework for Chaplaincy Studies

Theology/Biblical Studies Specialisation

1. Graduate Studies in Biblical Spirituality

2. Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership for Ministry

3. Discipleship and Disciple-making – Meaning, Context and Application

4. Principles and Methods of Theology

5. Issues in Contemporary Theology

6. Perspectives on Luke-Acts

7. Motifs in Adventism

8. Recent Approaches to the Parables of Jesus


Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the Master of Arts course, graduates will be able to:
  • Critically engage with a body of knowledge in a way that demonstrates an advanced understanding and application of recent developments in Ministry Studies or Theological Studies;
  • Create evidence-based perspectives on specialised issues in Ministry Studies or Theological Studies by engaging the academic literature, evaluating alternative accounts and drawing reasoned conclusions;
  • evaluate and generate complex ideas and concepts that are grounded in professional practice using cognitive, technical and creative skills.
  • Effectively disseminate research outcomes to a variety of audiences using highly developed communication skills;
  • Demonstrate emotional and cultural intelligence in relation to new contexts and issues encountered in theological readings and the professional practice of ministry.

Career Opportunities


The Master of Arts provides continuing career advancement for pastors, chaplains and para-church leaders.


Admission Criteria


DIRECT ENTRY
• A Bachelor’s degree (AQF Level 7), preferably a BMinTh, BA (Th), BA/BTch or equivalent, or higher from an accredited institution.
• Applicants for the specialisation in Theology/Biblical Studies must have completed:
o A bachelor’s degree in theology or ministry and theology (AQF Level 7) from an accredited institution.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS for the PASTORAL LEADERSHIP and THEOLOGY/BIBLICAL STUDIES SPECIALISATION
• Normally applicants will be required to have a minimum of two years of experience in ministry with accountability to an appropriate professional or official.
• The application must include:
o a written summary of ministry experience, and
o a written recommendation from a recognised Church official.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS for the CHAPLAINCY STUDIES SPECIALISATION
• Normally applicants will be required to have a minimum of two years chaplaincy experience with accountability to an appropriate professional or official.
• The application must include:
o a written summary of chaplaincy experience, and
o a written recommendation from a recognised chaplaincy practitioner, senior school leader or principal.

If postgraduate level coursework has been completed in a related area, advanced standing may be granted up to the equivalent of 50% of the MA award in line with the Avondale Advanced Standing policy.

Applicants will have sufficient prerequisite biblical, theological, historical and biblical language knowledge. Students may be admitted to certain units where it is determined they do not have the required prerequisite standing.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=Mzg3

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

  • If the undergraduate degree was not taught in English, the applicant must have an IELTS score (or a standardised equivalent) of 7 overall and not less than 6.5 in any one band.


Course Structure


Course duration: Four years part time (One and a half year full-time equivalent).
Study mode: On-campus/Distance

Maximum time to complete: Four years


Twelve units, of six credit points each (or equivalent), studied over four years part time, from one of three specialisations, to total 72 credit points.

There are 3 core units, namely, 

  1. Graduate Studies in Biblical Spirituality (CMIN51100)
  2. Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership for Ministry (THBB56600)
  3. Discipleship and Disciple-making – Meaning, Context and Application (CMIN52110)

The three specialisations are pastoral leadership, chaplaincy studies and theology/biblical studies:

 

1. Pastoral Leadership specialisation 

The MA with a specialisation in Pastoral Leadership has three options.

The first option is for students to complete 8 units, including 3 core units, of the pastoral leadership specialisation, and 4 electives from any units from the suite of level 9 offerings across Avondale’s courses.

The second option is for students to complete 8 units of the pastoral leadership specialisation, 2 electives from the suite of level 9 offerings across Avondale’s courses, the Research Methods in Theological Research unit (THRE50000) and a 6 credit point research project (THRE51000).

The third option is for students to complete 8 units of the pastoral leadership specialisation, the Research Methods in Theological Research unit (THRE50000) and an 18 credit point research project (THRE51000). Those students who opt for an 18 credit point research project can potentially go on to study a professional doctorate (DMin) or a doctor of philosophy (PhD).

Units

The following 8 units form the specialisation. Each unit is worth 6 credit points.

  1. Graduate Studies in Biblical Spirituality (CMIN51100)
  2. Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership for Ministry (THBB56600)
  3. Discipleship and Disciple-making – Meaning, Context and Application (CMIN52110)
  4. Theological Framework for Pastoral Leadership (THBB57000)
  5. Perspectives on Luke-Acts (THBB54100)
  6. Church Planting in Biblical and Contemporary Perspective(CMIN53100)
  7. Theology of Mission (THBB55100)
  8. Mission in/to Pluralistic Societies (CMIN56110)

 

2. Chaplaincy studies specialisation 

The MA with a specialisation in Chaplaincy Studies offers three options. 

The first option is for students to complete 8 units, including 3 core units, that constitute the chaplaincy studies specialisation and 4 electives from any units from the suite of level 9 offerings across Avondale’s courses.

The second option is for students to complete 8 units that constitute the chaplaincy studies specialisation and 2 electives from any units from the suite of level 8 and9 offerings across across Avondale’s courses, the Research Methods in Theological Research unit (THRE50000) and a 6 credit point research project (THRE51000).

The third option is for students to complete 8 units that constitute the chaplaincy studies specialisation, the Research Methods in Theological Research unit (THRE50000) and an 18 credit point research project (THRE51000). Those students who opt for an 18 credit point research project can potentially go on to study a professional doctorate (DMin) or a doctor of philosophy (PhD).

Units

The following 8 units form the specialisation. Each unit is worth 6 credit points.

  1. Graduate Studies in Biblical Spirituality  (CMIN51100)
  2. Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership for Ministry (THBB56600)
  3. Discipleship and Disciple-making – Meaning, Context and Application (CMIN52110)
  4. Fundamentals of Counselling for Chaplains (CHPL41500)
  5. Ethics, Diversity and Spiritual Integration for Chaplains (CHPL45130)
  6. Therapeutic Communication for Chaplains (CHPL45100)
  7. Clinical Pastoral Education 1 (CMIN56500)
  8. Theological Framework for Chaplaincy Studies (THBB56900)

 

3. Theology/Biblical studies specialisation

The degree specialisation offers three options.

The first option is for students to complete 4 units in theology and 4 units in biblical studies that constitute the theology/biblical studies specialisation and 4 electives from any units from the suite of level 9 offerings across Avondale’s courses. These includes the 3 core units.

The second option is for students to complete 4 units in theology and 4 units in biblical studies and 2 electives from any units from the suite of level 9 offerings across Avondale’s courses, the Research Methods in Theological Research unit (THRE50000) and a 6 credit point research project (THRE51000).

The third option is for students to complete 4 units in theology and 4 units in biblical studies, the Research Methods in Theological Research unit (THRE50000) and an 18 credit point research project (THRE51000). Those students who opt for an 18 credit point research project can potentially go on to study a professional doctorate (DMin) or a doctor of philosophy (PhD).

Units

The following 8 units form the specialisation. Each unit is worth 6 credit points.

  1. Graduate Studies in Biblical Spirituality (CMIN51100)
  2. Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership for Ministry (THBB56600)
  3. Discipleship and Disciple-making – Meaning, Context and Application (CMIN52110)
  4. Principles and Methods of Theology (THBB50800)
  5. Issues in Contemporary Theology (THBB51000)
  6. Perspectives on Luke-Acts (THBB54100)
  7. Motifs in Adventism (THBB52700)
  8. Recent Approaches to the Parables of Jesus (THBB53200)

 

The 18 credit point research project will be a major project of 15 000 words in any of the specialisations.

 

Exit Points:

Avondale University College will offer, in line with TEQSA directives, an “Opt out” model for this Master of Arts. This model provides for those students, unable to complete for some reason, a pre-defined range of:

  • four units that would count toward a Graduate Certificate in Arts with a specialisation in pastoral leadership or chaplaincy studies; or
  • eight units that would count to a Graduate Diploma in Arts with a specialisation in pastoral leadership or chaplaincy studies.

Students can also earn a Graduate Certificate in Arts or Graduate Diploma in Arts without a specialisation.

 


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Practical Experience


For the Chaplaincy specialty, 400 hours of approved clinical work is required for each unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.

There is no internship or work experience requirement for the other specialties.


Accreditation


The Master of Arts is accredited by Avondale University College as the institution is now a self-accrediting higher education institution and all of its higher education courses are nationally registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.


Registration and Self-Disclosure


The New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education accredits the units of clinical pastoral education.

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Testimonials

"I found the MA expanded and deepened my understanding of biblical, theological and ministry studies. It not only prepared me to be a better pastor, but also laid the foundation for doctoral study."

- Steve, MA Graduate