Master of Arts (Korean)
The Master of Arts (MA) (Korean) is an AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) award delivered in Korean. The course is designed for those who want to undertake ministry specializing in practical aspects of the ministry. It offers subjects in Christian Education, Christian Counselling, Missiology, Homiletics, Liturgics, Leadership, Pastoral Theology, Spiritual Theology, Youth Ministry and Multicultural Ministry.
The MA (Korean) course is designed for two categories of candidates:
- those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who seek a graduate-level education in theology comparable in depth to the Bachelor of Theology (Korean), including a deeper biblical and theological understanding, spiritual formation, and cultural literacy that will prepare them for ordained or other ministry in church, parachurch or non-profit organizations, and other vocational settings.
- those who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology as part of their continuing education for ministry.
There are two categories for study and entry into the MA (Korean) depending on the qualification held by the student
Candidates holding an AQF Level 8 award in Theology or Ministry
Credit points : 72 credit points (i.e. 8 units)
Duration : 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time
Candidates with an AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry
Credit points : 108 credit points (i.e. 12 units)
Duration : 1.5 years full-time or 4.5 years part-time
The Master of Arts (Korean) may be taken with or without a specialisation.
The MA has nested within it the Graduate Certificate in Arts and the Graduate Diploma of Arts:
- GradCertArts requires 36 credit points
- GradDipArts requires 72 credit points
1.5 years full-time or 4.5 years part-time
Applicants for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Arts will be classified into one of two categories:
- those who have completed an AQF Level 8 award in the discipline of theology, with Korean proficiency, or equivalent award (Category 1); or
- those who have completed a three-year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology, with Korean proficiency, or equivalent award (Category 2).
Applicants in Category 1 will be required to complete 72 credit points (8 units).
Applicants in Category 2 will be required to complete 108 credit points (12 units).
Applicants who hold a Vocational Graduate Diploma (VET accredited) or a hold a Vocational Graduate Certificate (VET accredited) may be granted provisional admission into Category 2.
Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for a degree of Master by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.
In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Master if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.
No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Sydney College of Divinity Academic Board.
Proven fluency in the Korean language: Korean as first language or, for non-native-Korean speakers, Korean proficiency: level 6 out of 6 levels in the Yonsei University Korean Language Test.
Some proficiency in the English language
In this course all teaching is conducted in the Korean language. All teaching and support staff are native Korean-language speakers. The course materials are in the Korean language. Graduates are expected to work in a Korean language context.
Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where Korean is not the language of instruction must be fluent in the Korean language and have achieved Korean proficiency equivalent to level of 6 on the 6 level Yonsei University Korean Language Test.
- Satisfactory completion of at least one year study of English as a subject in high school or in an English-only language school or other training centre, or
- Satisfactory completion of a post-school award of at least 6 months duration where teaching was in English, or
- Satisfactory completion of a test approved by the Sydney College of Divinity that demonstrates that the candidate can speak, write and read English.
The Master of Arts (Korean) degree requires candidates to complete credit points as follows:
- Those in Category 1 are required to complete 72 credit points in units whose content is not similar to those covered in their previous studies;
- Those in Category 2 are required to complete 108 credit points in units whose content is not similar to those covered in their previous studies.
The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.
A specialisation in the MA (Korean) (1.5 years) comprises 54 credit points in a Discipline or Sub-discipline with at least two 9600 series units. For specialisation in the MA (Korean) (1 year), the Graduate Certificate entry award units could be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.
Every program for the award must contain at least 9 credit points in Theological English.
All course units shall be taken from 8500 and 9600 series units from the Schedule of Units of Study.
A candidate may take a maximum of 36 credit points in units listed as Generic (Research) units in the Schedule of Units of Study with a maximum of 18 credit points in Independent Guided Study units, 18 credit points in Research Project units, and 18 credit points as a Research Essay. Students who transfer from the MA (Korean) to either the MDiv (Korean) or the MTh (Korean) cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.
A candidate may include 18 credit points in the Research Project (10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) providing the candidate completes a 8500 series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points) before or concurrently with the Research Project.
A candidate whose admission or provisional admission has been granted on the basis of a Vocational Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate must complete the unit A8501 Critical Thinking and Writing during the first enrolment period.
Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level.
Every course unit requires students to demonstrate mastery of basic English-language vocabulary and comprehension of English-language passages related to that unit before enrolling in further units.
All course units shall be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.
The sub-disciplines and corresponding specialisations and sub-specialisations are:
|Biblical Studies||Biblical Studies (B)||Biblical Studies|
|Christian Life & Ministry||Christian Spirituality (S)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Christian Ethics (E)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Worship & Liturgy
Christian Life & Ministry [Discipline]
|Humanities in Christian Tradition||Church History (H)
Theological Education (D)
Humanities in Christian Tradition [Discipline] (specialisations and sub- specialisations not to include A units)
Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a theologically-related area, as they acquire:
- an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, including recent developments in the theological disciplines and/or their practice
- understanding of research principles and methods applicable to these theological disciplines and their practice
- expert, specialized cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
- analyse critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with a theologically-related body of knowledge
- research and apply established theories to a theologically-related body of knowledge or practice
- interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to a theologically-related body of knowledge
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
the ability to
- apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner and/or learner in relation to the inter-dependent building up of the church and good of the wider community.
- plan and execute a research-based project, and/or piece of scholarship in an area of theology.
A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Master of Arts (Korean). Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the Sydney College of Divinity award.
- Graduate Certificate in Arts (Korean) (36 credit points);
- Graduate Diploma of Arts (Korean) (72 credit points);
- Master of Arts (Korean) (108 credit points)
Enrolment for the Master of Arts (Korean) must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with all information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.
A domestic Sydney College of Divinity student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester, or part-time if enrolled in fewer than 27 credit points per semester. To complete a unit, a student must have been present for at least 80% of all prescribed activities, regardless of the mode of delivery.
International students are subject to the conditions of their Australian student visa and are required to maintain a full-time enrolment of 4 units (36 credit points) per semester, including a minimum of one unit per semester in face-to-face mode, and at least two-thirds of the total units in face-to-face mode. If you are planning to enrol as an international student, you have the responsibility to ensure that you comply with your visa conditions at all times. Learn more about your responsibilities, rights and what studying in Australia can offer you.