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Doctor of Ministry (ACT)

Course Description

The  Doctor of Ministry is an AQF level 10 research doctoral award whose graduates make a significant and original contribution to knowledge as applied in the context of professional Christian ministry practice.

The degree is designed to enable men and women to produce significant and original research outcomes and as beginning researchers demonstrate the capacity to design, implement, gather and interpret data, and communicate the results of the research for theses undertaken in specific fields of knowledge applied to various areas of professional ministry.

The degree would be for theological and non-theological graduates already in significant leadership positions in churches, denominational offices, para-church agencies and non-church agencies and institutions where people wanted to enhance their research by also applying insights from Christian traditions.

Graduates with a Doctor of Ministry have already been employed in significant denominational positions for strategic planning as well as teaching pastoral and missions courses at theological colleges, bible colleges and seminaries in Australian and overseas and would continue to do so.

Entry Requirements

This degree is open to those who hold an excellent qualification at AQF level 8 or 9 or above in Ministry or Theology which includes a significant piece of research (such as the ACT’s Bachelor of Theology or Ministry with first class honours, Masters of Divinity or Masters of Ministry or Master of Arts in Christian Studies or Master of Arts in Ministry or Theology with a GPA of 3.0 or better and a project of at least 12,000 words). Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a minimum of five years of significant contribution to their ministry context since the completion of their first degree. Consideration will also be given to other factors such as maturity and motivation, and the likelihood of satisfactory completion of the academic requirements of the Course. Demonstrated knowledge of biblical or other languages may be required. For full details of entry requirements, see the current Australian College of Theology Higher Degrees by Research Handbook.

Course Duration

3 years full-time (up to 6 years part-time).


80-100,000 word thesis, excluding bibliography.

This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.          

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