It comprises: 36 credit points of coursework including core coursework and Guided Study units, and 72 credit points of research including 18 credit points of Community Research Folios and 54 credit points of research by means of a Ministry Practice Thesis.
Coursework Units (13.5 credit points)These prepare students for specialist thinking and skills use in the area of Ministry Practice, engagement with current research in the field, and theological reflection upon their own ministry practice and leadership in the Australian context.
Students are required, in order to satisfactorily pass Ministry Research Thesis II to submit a Research Proposal to a committee made up of the student’s supervisors, the course coordinator or a person they nominate from the postgraduate committee, and an outside expert in the field.
The focus will be on the student’s chosen methodological approach.
Course of Study The following core classes form the foundation of the Mc Cormick DMin curriculum.
All students will take these classes or a variant geared toward that cohort’s cultural context.
Students may read an agreed select bibliography as individual study or as part of a group, build their study around interviewing experts, attending a conference, or conducting a field trip, complete an approved postgraduate unit, or undertake an agreed project set within the student’s ministry context.
Each year one or two intensives are offered at postgraduate level, which students may choose to attend and complete as a Guided Study unit.
The Ministry Research Thesis will be made up of either: a thesis on an area of ministry practice; OR a creative project (eg a change management plan and report of its execution, all to a professional standard) approved by the postgraduate committee and an exegetical essay totalling no less than 60% of the whole (ie approx.
32,000 words); OR a collation of three or four articles and/or book chapters all submitted and accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal or a reputable and approved publisher during the period of enrolment in the degree, accompanied by an exegetical essay totalling no less than 40% of the whole (ie approx. Goals for each part of the Ministry Research Thesis will be set with the student’s supervisors, two of whom will be appointed at the commencement of the Thesis.