Section Seven

SECTION SEVEN : Postgraduate Coursework Degree Programs & Specific Regulations

  • Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts)
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GradCertLead)
  • Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision (GradCertPSupervision)
  • Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (GradCertThEd)
  • Graduate Certificate in  Theological Studies  (GradCertThSt)
  • Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts)
  • Graduate Diploma of Leadership (GradDipLead)
  • Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision (GradDipProfSupervision)
  • Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Leadership (MLead)
  • Master of Professional Supervision – (MProfSupervision)
  • Master of Theological Studies  (MThSt)
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Master of Theology (MTh)

GradCertArts Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts)
CRICOS : 082669J

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time or 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 36 credit points (4 units).
The course may be taken with or without a concentration.
A concentration in the GradCertArts comprises 18 credit points in a sub-discipline.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertArts is offered through individual colleges.  Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies;
  • Australian College of Ministries;
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney;
  • Nazarene Theological College;
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education;
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College;
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College.

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies;
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney;
  • Nazarene Theological College
Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in theological studies to enhance their professional work. Graduates will be able to apply a body of theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.  Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • An advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice; this may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.
Skills
  • Cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
    • review and synthesize theological information and identify and reflect on complex problems;
    • think critically and evaluate complex ideas;
    • demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts in one or more theological disciplines;
    • transmit theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to a variety of audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • The ability to:
    • make high level, independent judgments related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and / or ministry.
Assessment

Graduate students are expected to give evidence of a breadth and a depth of understanding beyond that of an undergraduate student.  In particular, their work should manifest the higher order skills of:

  • Analysis – the ability to recognize the distinctive aspects of a topic, and the inter-relationships between them;
  • Synthesis – the ability to integrate the various aspects of a topic and see them in the light of the whole;
  • Evaluation – the ability to think critically and originally, making judgments based on relevant evidence and methods.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Arts, on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Certificate.

Academic Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Arts

1.    Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Certificate in Arts shall:

1.1.1   have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2   hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2   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 this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Arts if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   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 Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7   Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Arts program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.  Course Structure

2.1   The Graduate Certificate in Arts requires the completion of 4 units (36 credit points).

2.2   All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8500 and 9600 series.

2.3   The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in a sub-discipline.

3. Period of Candidature:

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4. Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Arts. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.  Assessment

5.1   The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.  Credit

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Arts. 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 SCD award.

7.  Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradCertLead Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GradCertLead)

 AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements : A three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Four units (36 credit points) including one compulsory unit (9 credit points), one core unit (9 credit points) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units and two elective units (18 credit points).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertLead is offered through individual colleges.  Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies;
  • Australian College of Ministries;
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney;
  • Nazarene Theological College;
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education;
  • Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College;
  • Saint Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College.
 Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in the field of philosophy and religious studies who wish to pursue a further qualification an area of leadership focus as part of their continuing education for ministry.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership focusses on building leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added particular knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of leadership particular to the management and governance of a complex religious, non-profit, ministry enterprise;
  • an understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to leadership theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with leadership in a ministry related context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective governance, management and operations of a religious, non-profit, community organization;
  • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a research or field-based project in an area of work-based leadership.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Leadership on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Certificate.

 Academic regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership

1     Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership shall:

1.1.1    hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2    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 this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Leadership if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5    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 Academic Board.

1.6    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7    Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2    Course Structure

2.1    The Graduate Certificate in Leadership requires the completion of 36 cps (i.e. 4 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2       The four units (36 cps) shall include:

– one compulsory unit (9 cps): P8570 Foundations of Christian Leadership
– one core unit (9 cps) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units
– two elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units (18 cps)

3     Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4    Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Leadership. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5     Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

6    Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cos in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership.

6.2    Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3    Credit for Recognised Prior Learning can be granted subject to a successful application.

7    Saving Clause

7.1       Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradCertPSupervision Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision (GradCertPSupervision)

 AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements :

A three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies); or in the field of social work, social science, counselling, or psychology.

At least 5 years professional experience within a helping profession and a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body.

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Four compulsory units (36 credit points) with a concentration in Counselling.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertPSupervision is offered through individual colleges.  Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of the following college :

  • Australian College of Ministries
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in ministry/theology or an allied helping profession who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or non-profit and/or community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added advanced knowledge and skills in supervisory leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions.
  • an advanced understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry related context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
  • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability and responsibility for effective supervision in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Professional Supervision or the Master of Professional Supervision.

Academic Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision shall:

1.1.1    hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2    hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of social work, social science, counselling or psychology; or

1.1.3    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; and

1.1.4    have at least 5 years professional experience within a helping profession and a recommendation from their employer, professional association, or ordaining body.

1.2    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 this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5    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 Academic Board.

1.6    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7    Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision requires the completion of four compulsory* units (36 cps) that shall be:

– C8507 Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
– C8548 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
– P8502 Foundations of Ethical Professional Practice
– P8504 Theological Principles of Pastoral Supervision

* If compulsory units have been completed in the award used for submission into the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision, they are to be replaced with one or two appropriate elective units.

2.2    The candidate will complete the necessary 18 credit points in the sub-discipline of Counselling to achieve a concentration in Counselling.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the award shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 9 cps in the Graduate Certificate of Pastoral Supervision.

6.2     Special consideration for credit (up to 18 cps) may be given to Clinical Pastoral Education students if the Student Support and Administration Committee deems any CPE units on the SCD Register of Units as equivalent to the units required for this Course.

6.3    Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.4    Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradCertThEd Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (GradCertThEd)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements :
A three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).
Current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector.

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Four units (36 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), and two elective units (18 credit points).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertThEd is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Theological College
Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in the field of philosophy and religious studies, and who are engaged in theological education, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theological education, in order to enhance their professional work.

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, in the field of Theological Education
  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the delivery of Theological Education
  • an understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to the principles and practice of Theological Education
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in the design, development, and delivery of Theological Education, so that they are able independently to:

  • evaluate current educational theory and practice from a theological perspective
  • review and synthesize historical approaches to the theory and practice of Theological Education
  • critically consider and evaluate a variety of approaches to Theological Education
  • develop effective methods of learning and teaching in Theological Education
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as theological educators in the tertiary sector.

Assessment

Graduate students are expected to give evidence of a breadth and a depth of understanding beyond that of an undergraduate student.  In particular, their work should manifest the higher order skills of:

  • Analysis – the ability to recognize the distinctive aspects of a topic, and the inter-relationships between them.
  • Synthesis – the ability to integrate the various aspects of a topic and see them in the light of the whole.
  • Evaluation – the ability to think critically and originally, making judgments based on relevant evidence and methods.
Articulation to Other Awards

Those holding the Graduate Certificate are eligible to articulate to the 8 Unit MA, retaining their Graduate Certificate.

Those holding the Graduate Certificate are eligible for 2 Units of Credit (18cps) in the MDiv or the MTh, if the Graduate Certificate is retained, or 4 Units of Credit (36cps) if the Graduate Certificate is surrendered.

Academic regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education

1.   Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Certificate in Theological Education shall:

1.1.1  hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2  hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; and

1.1.3  have current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector.

1.2  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 this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3  In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Education if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4  A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5  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 Academic Board.

1.6  Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7  Application for enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.    Course Structure

2.1   The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education requires the completion of 36 cps (i.e. 4 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units from the subdiscipline of Theological Education, within the Humanities in the Christian Tradition discipline. See attached Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2   The four units (36 cps) shall include:

Two compulsory units (18 cps) –
D8501 Principles of Theological Education
D9601  Theological Pedagogy

Two elective units (18 cps), taken from the attached Schedule 1*

3.    Period of Candidature:

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full time and up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1   The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.    Credit

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 9 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education.  Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award, and for units that are congruent with the ethos of the SCD GradCert ThEd.

7.    Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.

*Schedule 1

  • Compulsory Units

D8501 Principles of Theological Education (9 cp)
D9601  Theological Pedagogy (9 cp)

  • Elective Units

D8502  Contemporary Issues in Theological Education (9 cp)
D9602  Theological Curriculum (9 cp)
D9621 Theological Education Project (9 cp)
D9622 Theological Education Focused Study (9 cp)


GradCertThSt Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GradCertThSt)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time or 1.5 years (3 semesters) part time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time

Structure : 36 credit points (i.e. 4 units).
The course will be taken with at least one unit from the discipline of Theology and one from Biblical Studies.
The course unit may be taken with a concentration. This comprises 18 credit points in a sub-discipline.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradCertThSt is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is designed for those who hold a three-year undergraduate tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline and who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology and its associated disciplines, more specifically those of Theology and Biblical Studies. Students will be able to critically engage Christian thought and traditions, enhance their professional work and give expression to insights for Christian living.

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies focuses on introducing students to two core theological disciplines (Theology and Biblical Studies) equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

an understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, of the core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies serving both as an introduction to the study of theology and its related disciplines and as the basis for independent lifelong learning.

Skills

Cognitive and technical skills specifically in the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

  • review and synthesize theological information and reflect on complex problems
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas
  • research, analyse and communicate theologically related ideas
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

the ability to:

  • make high level, independent and theologically informed judgements related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and / or ministry.
Articulation into Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (4 further units), on completion of which students are required to surrender their SCD Graduate Certificate. Students are also eligible to enter the Master of Theological Studies program.

Academic Regulations for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies shall:

1.1.1    Have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.1    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2   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 this certificate by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester, or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   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 Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

  1. Course Structure

2.1   The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies requires the completion of 4 units.

2.2   All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8500 and 9600 series.

2.3   The four units shall include:

2.3.1   One foundational unit in Theology

2.3.2   One foundational unit in Biblical Studies

2.3.3   Two elective units.

2.4   The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the certificate shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time and up to 1.5 years (3 semesters) part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1   The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.2   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

  1. Credit

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. Credit can be granted only from Bible and Theology units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.

Schedule

Compulsory Units to attain the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

One foundational unit in Theology
AND
One foundational Unit in Biblical Studies

Other units

A choice of another two units from the suite of SCD 8500 or 9600 level units.
Students who may wish to complete the GradCertThSt with a concentration need to take one other unit from the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.


 

GradDipArts Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts)
CRICOS : 063707k

AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award in any discipline. Students with an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts may enter the program.  To receive the award they are required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and hand back the GradCertArts upon graduation.

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 72 credit points (8 units)

The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.

A specialisation in the GradDipArts comprises 36 credit points in a sub-discipline with at least one 9600-series unit.

Exit Point:Graduate Certificate in Arts (36 credit points)

English Proficiency:Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradDipArts is offered through the colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Diploma of Arts course is designed primarily for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology, and who are seeking skills in theological studies to enhance their professional work. Graduates will be able to apply a body of theological knowledge in a range of contexts relating to ministry and/or further learning.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge
  • an advanced understanding within a coherent body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice; this may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.
Skills
  • cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:
  • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide resources towards resolving complex problems
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas
  • apply specialised and creative skills in Christian living and ministry
  • demonstrate an advanced understanding of theoretical concepts in theology
  • transmit theologically-related knowledge, skills and ideas to a variety of audiences
Applications of Knowledge and Skills
  • the ability to
    • make high level, independent judgments
    • where the course is taken with specialisation, plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting.
Assessment

Graduate Diploma students are expected to give evidence of a breadth of research and a depth of understanding beyond that of an undergraduate student.  In particular, their work should manifest the higher order skills of:

  • Analysis – the ability to recognize the distinctive aspects of a topic, and the inter-relationships between them.
  • Synthesis – the ability to integrate the various aspects of a topic and see them in the light of the whole.
  • Evaluation – the ability to think critically and originally, making judgments based on relevant evidence and methods.
Exit points

Students enrolled in the GradDipArts may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Arts provided they have met the requirements of the award.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Arts offered by the Sydney College of Divinity, on completion of which students are required to surrender their GradDipArts.

Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Arts

1   Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Graduate Diploma of Arts shall:

1.1.1   have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian Tertiary institution; or

1.1.2   hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award;

1.1.3   hold an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts: to receive the award a student is required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and hand back the GradCertArts upon graduation;

1.1.4   hold a Vocational Graduate Certificate (VET accredited) and be granted provisional admission.

1.2   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 this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Arts if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Arts shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   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 Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7   Application for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Arts program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.   Course Structure

2.1   The Graduate Diploma of Arts requires the completion of 8 units.

2.2   All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study from 8500 and 9600 series.

2.3   The course may be taken with or without a specialisation. A specialisation in the GradDipArts comprises 36 credit points in a sub-discipline with at least one 9600-series unit.

2.4   Students who enter the program from a BTh, BMin, MDiv or equivalent course cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their earlier studies.

3.   Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year full-time and up to 3 years part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Arts. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1   The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.  Credit

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Arts. 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 SCD award.

7.    Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradDipLead Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Leadership (GradDipLead)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Entry Requirements : A three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).

Duration : year (2 semesters) full-time, or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Eight units (72 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), two core units (18 credit points) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units, and four elective units (36 credit points).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradDipLead is offered through the colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • Saint Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Diploma of Leadership is designed for those possessing a three year undergraduate degree in the field of philosophy and religious studies who wish to pursue a further qualification an area of leadership focus as part of their continuing education for ministry.

The Graduate Diploma of Leadership focusses on building leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit, community focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added specialised knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • an advanced level of theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of leadership particular to the management and governance of a complex religious, non-profit, ministry enterprise;
  • an advanced understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to leadership theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate advanced, specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and adapt information to complete a range of activities associated with leadership in a ministry related context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective governance, management and operations of a religious, non-profit, community organization;
  • transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
 Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute an advanced research or field-based project in an area of work-based leadership.
Articulation to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Leadership on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Diploma.

Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Leadership
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Leadership shall:

1.1.1    hold a three year AQF 7 award in the field of philosophy and  religious studies (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies) from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2  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 this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3     In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Leadership if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4     A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5     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 Academic Board.

1.6     Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7     Application for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Leadership program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Graduate Diploma of Leadership requires the completion of72 cps (i.e. 8 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2    The eight units (72 cps) shall include:

– two compulsory units (18 cps):
P8570 Foundations of Christian Leadership
P8584 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry

* If either of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Leadership, they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively 

– two core units (18 cps) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units

– four elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units (36 cps)

2.3    A specialisation comprises 4 units (36 cps) from a list of units approved by the Academic Board.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1     The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year (2 semesters) full time and up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2     In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Leadership. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cps in the Graduate Diploma of Leadership.

6.2    Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3    Credit for Recognised Prior Learning can be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


GradDipProfSupervision Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision (GradDipProfSupervision)

 AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Entry Requirements : An AQF Level 8 award Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision

Duration : 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time or 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Four units (36 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), one core unit (9 credit points) in the sub-discipline of Counselling taken from the SCD Register of Units, one unit (9 credit points) focused on supervisory practice in the context of the candidate’s place of work, ministry or mission.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradDipProfSupervision is offered through the colleges. Details are available from the college offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following college:

  • Australian College of Ministries
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision is designed for those possessing an AQF 8 Graduate Certificate in Supervision who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision focusses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or, non-profit and/or, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added particular knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions.
  • an advanced and integrated understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex problems, concepts and theories information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry related context;
  • research and apply established theories to provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility assume and effective supervisors in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a substantial research or field-based project in an area of work-based supervisory practice.
 Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1      An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision shall:

1.1.1      hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2      hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2      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 this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3      In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4      A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5      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 Academic Board.

1.6      Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7      Application for enrolment in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1      The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 36 cps (i.e. 4 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2      The four units (36 cps) shall include:

– two compulsory units* (18 cps):
C8549 Human Sexuality in Helping Professions
P9689 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision

* If either of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively 

– one unit (9 cps) from the Counselling sub discipline on the list of SCD Schedule of Units.

– one unit (9 cps) focused on research into supervisory practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through a capstone unit, research project, research essay, or action research project.

2.3      The Course must include at least one 9600-series unit.

2.4       Units from the entry Graduate Certificate if equivalent, to units required for the award will be included in the forming of a specialisation (54 cps) within the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision.

2.5       Candidates who have previously studied an SCD Course may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1      The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year (2 semesters) full-time, or up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2      In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1      The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2      The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1      The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2      Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3      Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1      A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cps in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision but not the compulsory units.

6.2      Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3      Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1      Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

GradDipThSt Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline. Students with an SCD Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies may enter the program. To receive the award students are required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and surrrender the SCD GradCertThSt upon graduation.

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time

Structure : 72 credit points (8 units).
The course may be taken with at least one specialisation from the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.
A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises of 36 credit points in one of the two aforementioned disciplines with at least one 9600-series unit.

Exit Point : Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (36 credit points)

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The GradDipThSt is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following colleges:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies is designed for those who hold a three-year undergraduate tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline and who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology and its associated disciplines, specifically those of Theology and Biblical Studies. Students will be able to critically engage Christian thought and traditions, enhance their professional works and give expression to insights for Christian living.

The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies focuses on introducing students to two core theological disciplines (Theology and Biblical Studies) equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.

Outcomes

Graduates will have:

Knowledge

an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, specifically in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies; this may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.

Skills

Cognitive and technical skills in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

  • review, reflect on, and synthesize theological information and identify and provide resources towards complex problems
  • think critically and evaluate complex ideas
  • apply specialised and creative skills for Christian living and ministry
  • research, analyse and communicate theologically related ideas to a variety of audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

the ability to:

  • make high level, independent and theologically informed judgements
  • plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting
  • identify ways that this body of knowledge relates to Christian living and / or ministry.
Articulation into Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Master of Theological Studies offered by the Sydney College of Divinity, on completion of which students are required to surrender their SCD GradDipThSt.

Academic regulations for the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for a Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies shall:

1.1.1    Have qualified for admission to a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award; OR

1.1.3    hold an SCD Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies: to receive the award a student is required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and surrender the SCD GradCertThSt upon graduation.

1.2    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 this diploma by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5    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 Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies requires the completion of 8 units.

2.2    Four core units will be taken from the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.

2.3    All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8500 and 9600 series.

2.4    The course may be taken with a specialisation in Theology or Biblical Studies. A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises 36 credit points in the respective disciplines with at least one 9600-series unit.

2.5    Students who enter the program from a BTh, BMin, MDiv equivalent course cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their earlier studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the diploma shall normally be 1 year full time (2 semesters) and up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

  1. Credit

6.1    A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies. Credit can be granted only from Bible and Theology units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

MA Award Summary

Master of Arts (MA)
CRICOS : 063708J

 

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Entry Requirements : An AQF Level 7 or Level 8 award in the discipline of Theology or  Ministry.

Duration :
Category 1: For candidates holding an AQF Level 8 award in Theology or Ministry – 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.
Category 2: For candidates with an AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry – 1.5 years (3 semesters) full-time or 4.5 years (9 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure :
Category 1: 72 credit points (8 units);
Category 2: 108 credit points (12 units).

The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.

A specialisation in the MA (1.5 years) comprises 54 credit points in a discipline or sub discipline with at least two 9600-series units. If an MA -1 year, the Grad Cert entry award units could be used towards the 54 credit points required for the 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

Exit Point : Graduate Certificate in Arts (36 credit points);
Graduate Diploma of Arts (72 credit points);
Master of Arts (72 credit points following an AQF Level 8 award in Theology or Ministry 108 credit points following an  AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry)

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MA is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • New South Wales College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Arts course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline who wish to pursue a further qualification in theology as part of their continuing education for ministry. The award provides a study of theological and related disciplines through a structure of specialisations and sub-specialisations.  The sub-disciplines and corresponding specialisations and sub-specialisations are:

Discipline Sub-disciplines Concentrations
Specialisations
Sub-specialisations
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies (B) Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality (S)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Mission (M)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Christian Ethics (E)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Christian Ethics
Pastoral Theology
Leadership
Chaplaincy
Supervision
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Humanities in Christian Tradition Church History (H)
Philosophy (W)
Theological Education (D) 
Church History
Philosophy
Theological Education
Humanities in Christian Tradition [Discipline] (specialisations and sub- specialisations not to include A units)
Theology      Theology (T) Theology
Outcomes

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:

Knowledge
  • 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
Skills
  • 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.
Academic regulations for the Master of Arts

1.   Admission to Candidature

1.1    Applicants for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Arts will be classified into one of two categories:

1.1.1    those who have completed an AQF Level 8 award in the discipline of Theology or Ministry (Category 1), or

1.1.2    those who have completed an AQF Level 7 award in Theology or Ministry from an accredited Australian tertiary institution, or hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award (Category 2);

1.1.2.1    Applicants in Category 1 will be required to complete 72 credit points (8 units).

1.1.2.1   Applicants in Category 2 will be required to complete 108 credit points (12 units).

1.2    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.

1.3    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.

1.4    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.

1.5    A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.6    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 Academic Board.

1.7    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.8    Application for enrolment in the Master of Arts program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.    Course Structure

2.1    The Master of Arts degree requires candidates to complete credit points as follows:

2.1.1    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;

2.1.2    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.

2.2    The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.

A specialisation in the MA (1.5 years) comprises 54 credit points in a discipline or sub-discipline with at least two 9600-series units.

A specialisation in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

For a specialisation in the MA -1 year, the Grad Cert entry award units could be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.

2.3    All course units shall be taken from 8500 and 9600 series units in the Schedule of Units of Study.

2.4    The course shall include at least one Generic Research unit – a Research Essay (18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) and / or a Research Project with a professional focus (9 or if 18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision))and / or a Capstone unit as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study. Each student enrolled in a Research Project or Research Essay must complete a 8500-series Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) which can be completed before or concurrently with the Research Project or Essay;

2.5    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 to either the MDiv or the MTh cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.

2.6    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.

2.7    Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level.

3.   Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be:

3.1.1    Category 1: 1 years (2 semesters) full-time, or up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.1.2    Category 2: 1.5 years (3 semesters) full-time, or up to 4.5 years (9 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the award. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1    The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages for units

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.   Credits

6.1    A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Master of Arts (1.5 years) and 36 credit points in the Master of Arts (1 year). 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 SCD award.

7.  Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

MLead Award Summary

Master of Leadership (MLead)

 

AQF Level 9 Master Degree (Coursework)

Entry Requirements : An AQF Level 8 award (Graduate Certificate) in the field of religion and philosophy (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies).

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Eight units (72 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), three core units (27 credit points) taken from the list of approved Master of Leadership specialist units, one unit (9 credit points) focused on leadership practice in the context of the candidate’s place of work, ministry or mission and two elective units (18 credit points).

The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.

A specialisation in the Master of Leadership comprises 54 credit points in the discipline of Christian Life and Ministry or one of its sub disciplines with at least two 9600-series units. The Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma entry award units may be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.

Exit Point  : Master of Leadership (72 credit points) or Graduate Certificate in Leadership (36 credit points).

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MLead is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • Saint Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Leadership is designed for those possessing a Graduate Certificate in the field of philosophy and studies in religion who wish to pursue a further qualification in an area of leadership focus as part of their continuing education for ministry.

The Master of Leadership focusses on building leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for further learning in professional practice and research and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a ministry leadership-related area:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge related to the practice of leadership particular to the management and governance of a complex religious, non-profit, ministry enterprise;
  • an expert understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to leadership theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on, and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with leadership in a ministry related context;
  • implement with discrimination established leadership theories to provide solutions for the effective governance, management and operations of a religious, non-profit, community organization;
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates initiative, autonomy, expert judgment, adaptability, and accountability as leaders of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a substantial research or field-based project in an area of work-based leadership.
Academic Regulations for the Master of Leadership
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Leadership shall:

1.1.1     hold an AQF Level 8 award (Graduate Certificate) in the field of religion and philosophy (Australian Standard Classification of Education field 0917 – Philosophy and Religious Studies); or

1.1.2     hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to the requirements set out in the paragraphs above.

1.2    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.

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Master of Leadership on the basis of evidence of other academic and professional attainments to be submitted to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more per  semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5    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 Academic Board.

1.6    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will normally be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7    Application for enrolment in the Master of Leadership program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Master of Leadership degree requires candidates to complete 72 cps (i.e. 8 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2    The eight units (72 cps) shall include:

two compulsory units* (18 cps):
– P8570 Foundations of Christian Leadership
– P8584 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry

* If either of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Master of Leadership, they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively 

three core units (27 cps) from the list of approved Master of Leadership core units (Schedule 1)

one Leadership Practice unit (9 or 18 cps) focused on leadership practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through research, self-guided study, or field study (this may be a capstone unit, research project, research essay, independent guided study, site visit, field placement or action research project) from the list in Schedule 1

elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units to complete the 72 cps required for the award

2.3    The program must include at least two 9600-series units.

2.4    A specialisation is based on a list of approved units approved by the Academic Board and may vary from time-to-time

2.5     Units from the entry Graduate Certificate (or Graduate Diploma) if equivalent, to units required for the award may be considered for inclusion as core units and in the forming of any specialisation (54 cps, including at least 2×9600 level units) or sub-specialisation (36 cps) within the Master of Leadership.

2.6     Candidates who have previously studied a BTh/BMin or equivalent may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year (2 semesters) full-time, or up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the award. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to cease  candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1    A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cps in the Master of Leadership.

6.2    Credit can be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3    Credit for Recognised Prior Learning can be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.

Schedule 1

Compulsory Units

  • P8570        Foundations of Christian Leadership
  • P8584        Non-Profit Governance for Ministry

Master of Leadership Core Units

  • P8562        Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
  • P8572        Spiritual Leadership
  • P8581        Administrative Gifts for Ministry
  • P8583        Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P8589        Financial Management for Ministry
  • P9661        Managing Crisis and Conflict in Ministry
  • P9662        Mastering Change in Ministry
  • P9663        Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • P9664        Leading the Larger Church
  • P9665        Transformational Leadership in Ministry
  • P9667        Personal Growth for Leadership
  • C8506        Psychology and Leadership
  • S8501        Formation in Christian Leadership
  • S8503        Personal Transformation
  • E9670        Business and Professional Ethics
  • M9685       Cross-Cultural Mission

Leadership Practice Units

Units focused on leadership practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through research, self-guided study, or field study:

  • M8586        Engaging in Inter-Cultural Ministry
  • X8594         Study Tour (or the unit that supersedes this)
  • X9691         Research Project (9cp)
  • X9692         Research Project (18cp)
  • X9693         Independent Guided Study (9cp)
  • X9694         Independent Guided Study (18cp)
  • X9696         Research Essay (18cp)
  • X9697         Seminar (9cp)
  • X9698         Action Research Project (18cp)
  • X9699         Capstone Unit (9cp)

New Course Unit Outlines to be developed and included in this approved list:

  • M9xxx       Community Sector Leadership
  • S9xxx         Social Transformation
  • Bxxxx         Agents of Change: Leadership Themes in the Pastoral Epistles
  • Txxxx         Theological Reflections in Leadership Practice
  • Pxxxx         Risk Management for Non-Profit Organisations (recommended by external consultant)

 

MProfSupervision Award Summary

Master of Professional Supervision (MProfSupervision)

 

AQF Level 9 Master

Entry Requirements : An AQF Level 8 award Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 4 years (8 semesters) part-time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time.

Structure : Eight units (72 credit points) including two compulsory units (18 credit points), three core units (27 credit points) in the sub-discipline of Counselling taken from the SCD Register of Units, one unit (9 credit points) focused on supervisory practice in the context of the candidate’s place of work, ministry or mission and two elective units (18 credit points).

A specialisation in the Master of Professional Supervision  comprises 54 credit points in the sub-discipline of Counselling.  The Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma entry award units may be used towards the 54 credit points required for the specialisation.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MProfSupervision is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the college offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of  the following college :

  • Australian College of Ministries
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Professional Supervision is designed for those possessing an AQF 8 Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Master of Professional Supervision focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or, non-profit and/or, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added specialised knowledge and skills in supervisory leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions;
  • an advanced and integrated understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.
Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in supervisory leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex problems, concepts and theories information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry related context;
  • research and apply established theories to provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as effective supervisors in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a substantial research or field-based project in an area of work-based supervisory practice.
 Academic Regulations for the Master of Professional Supervision
  1. Admission to Candidature

1.1      An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Professional Supervision shall:

1.1.1      hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2      hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

1.2      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 this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3      In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Master of Professional Supervision if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4      A Candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.

1.5      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 Academic Board.

1.6      Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7      Application for enrolment in the Master of Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

  1. Course Structure

2.1      The Master of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 72 cps (i.e. 8 units) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2      The eight units (72 cps) shall include:

two compulsory units* (18 cps):
– C8549 Human Sexuality in Helping Professions
– P9689 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision

* If either or both of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Master of Professional Supervision they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively 

three units (27 cps) from the Counselling sub-discipline on the list of SCD Schedule of Units.

one unit (9 or 18 cps) focused on research into supervisory practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through a capstone unit, research project, research essay, or action research project.

elective units from the 8500 and 9600 series in the SCD Schedule of Units to complete the 72 cps required for the award

2.3      The Course must include at least two 9600-series units.

2.4      Students completing the required units will have completed at least 54 credit points in the Counselling sub-discipline thus qualifying for a specialisation in Counselling.

2.5       Units from the entry Graduate Certificate, if equivalent to units required for the award, will be included in the forming of the specialisation (54 cps) within the Master of Professional Supervision.

2.6       Candidates who have previously studied an SCD Course may not enrol in units with content similar to that covered in their previous studies.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1      The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year (2 semesters) full-time, or up to 4 years (8 semesters) part-time.

3.2      In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1      The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Master of Professional Supervision. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2      The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1      The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2      Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3      Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are rigorous.

  1. Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

6.1      A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 36 cps in the Master of Professional Supervision but not for the compulsory units.

6.2      Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

6.3      Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1      Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


MThSt Award Summary

Master of Theological Studies (MThSt)

 

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) 

Entry Requirements : A Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies or equivalent.

Duration : 1 year (2 semesters) full-time or 3 years (6 semesters) part time.

Mode : Full-time, part-time

Structure : 72 credit points (i.e. 8 units).
The course will be taken with at least 36 credit points (4 units) from the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
The course may be taken with at least one specialisation from the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies.
A specialisation in the MThSt comprises 54 credit points with at least two 9600-series units. Grad Cert entry award units may be used towards the 54 credit points required for specialisation.
The MThSt has nested within in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies:

Exit Point : GradDipThSt requires 36 credit points, and the surrender of the SCD GradCertThSt

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MThSt is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • NSW College of Clinical Pastoral Education
  • St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Theological Studies is designed for those who hold a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and who wish to pursue a further qualification in the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies as part of their continuing education for ministry.

Outcomes

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:

Knowledge

Graduates will possess:

  • an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies including recent developments in these two disciplines and/or their practice.
  • an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to these theological disciplines and their practice
Skills

Expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills in the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies
  • research and apply established theories to these two disciplines
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
Applications of Knowledge and Skills

the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability, and accountability as a practitioner and/or learner in relation to the interdependent building of the church and good of the wider community
  • plan and execute a research-based project, and/or piece of scholarship in one of the two core disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.
Academic Regulations for the Master of Theological Studies
  1. Admission to Candidature

 1.1    An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Theological Studies shall:

1.1.1    Hold a SCD Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies or

1.1.2    hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award

1.2    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 this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3    In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Master of Theological Studies if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4    A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5    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 Academic Board.

1.6    Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

  1. Course Structure

2.1    The Master of Theological Studies requires the completion of 8 units (72 credit points) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.2    The eight units (72 credit points) will include 4 units from the disciplines of Theology and Biblical Studies.

2.3    The course may include a specialisation which comprises 54 credit points in either Theology or Biblical Studies with at least two 9600-series units. The Grad Cert entry award can be used towards the 54 credit points required for specialisation.

2.4    The course shall include a Generic (Research) unit and / or a Capstone unit and / in either the disciplines of Theology or Biblical Studies as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.5    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.

2.6    A candidate may include 18 credit points in the Research Essay (10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) providing the candidate completes a 8500 Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) before or concurrently with the Research Project.

2.7    Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit at Distinction level.

  1. Period of Candidature

3.1    The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1 year full time (2 semesters) and up to 3 years (6 semesters) part-time.

3.2    In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

  1. Leave of Absence

4.1    The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Master of Theological Studies. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2    The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

  1. Assessment

5.1    The assessment of course units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines.

5.2    Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3    Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

  1. Credit

6.1    A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Master of Theological Studies. Credit can be granted only from Bible and Theology units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.

  1. Saving Clause

7.1    Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

MDiv Award Summary

Master of Divinity (MDiv)
CRICOS : 063710D

 

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Extended)

Entry Requirements : A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.

Duration : 3 years full-time, 9 years part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 216 credit points.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

The Master of Divinity course is designed for two categories of candidates:

  1. those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who seek a comprehensive education in theology comparable in breadth and depth to the Bachelor of Theology, including a deeper biblical and theological understanding, spiritual formation, and cultural literacy that will prepare them for ordained or other professional ministry in church, parachurch or non-profit organizations, and other similar vocational settings.
  2. those who hold a tertiary qualification in a theological discipline who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in theology as part of their continuing ministerial education.

The award provides a systematic and comprehensive study of theological and related disciplines through a structure of specialisations and sub-specialisations. The sub-disciplines and corresponding specialisations and sub-specialisations are:

Discipline Sub-disciplines Specialisations / Sub-specialisations
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality (S)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Mission (M)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Ethics (E)
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Humanities in Christian Tradition Church History (H)
Philosophy (W)
Theological Education (D)
Church History
Philosophy
Humanities in Christian Tradition [Discipline] (specialisations and sub- specialisations not to include A units)
Theology Theology
Enrolment

The MDiv is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Nazarene Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Nazarene Theological College
Outcomes

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:

Knowledge
  • an advanced and integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in some theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, including the extended understanding of recent developments in theology and/or theological practice
  • understanding of research principles and methods applicable to theological disciplines and their practice
Skills
  • 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 or learner in relation to the inter-dependent building up of the church and good of the wider community.
    • plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or professionally focussed project in an area of theology.
Academic Regulations for the Master of Divinity

1.   Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Divinity shall:

1.1.1   have completed a three-year AQF Level 7 award from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or

1.1.2   hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to the requirements set out in the paragraph above; or

1.1.3   hold an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts: to receive the award the student is required to complete a further 180 credit points (20 units), and hand back the GradCertArts upon graduation; or

1.1.4   hold an SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts: to receive the award the student is required to complete a further 144 credit points (16 units), and hand back the GradDipArts upon graduation; or

1.1.5   hold an SCD Master of Arts (72 /108 credit points): to receive the award the student is required to complete a further 144 /108 credit points respectively, and hand back the MA upon graduation.

1.2   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 of Divinity by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Master of Divinity if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is normally designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   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 Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7   Application for enrolment in the Master of Divinity program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.   Course Structure

2.1   Every student program for the award shall consist of no fewer than 216 credit points.

2.2   Every program shall include either two specialisations and one sub-specialisation or one specialisation and two sub-specialisations.

A specialisation requires 54 credit points from units assigned to the specialisation with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

A specialisation in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9600 series units.

A sub-specialisation in a discipline or sub discipline requires 36 credit points from the units assigned to the discipline or sub discipline, including no more than 18 credit points from 8500 series units or, with the approval of the Academic Board, up to 36 credit points from 9600 series units.

2.3   All course units shall be taken from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

2.4   Every program for the award shall include:

2.4.1   a minimum of 72 credit points in 9600 series units;

2.4.2   not more than 72 credit points from Philosophy;

2.4.3   at least a sub-specialisation from Biblical Studies;

2.4.4   students completing a specialisation in Biblical Studies must also complete at least 2 units in Biblical languages which are in addition to the 6 units required for the specialisation;

2.4.5   at least a sub-specialisation from Theology;

2.4.6   at least one unit in Church History;

2.4.7   at least a total of 36 credit points from the following sub-disciplines: Christian Ethics, Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Counselling, Worship & Liturgy, Mission, Pastoral Theology;

2.4.8   not more than 108 credit points in Pastoral Theology

2.4.9   at least one Generic Research unit – a Research Essay (18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) and / or a Research Project with a professional focus (9 or if 18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision)) and / or a Capstone unit as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study. Each student enrolled in a Research Project or Research Essay must complete a 8500-series Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) which can be completed before or concurrently with the Research Project or Essay;

2.4.10   A candidate may take up to 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 MDiv to either the MA or the MTh cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.

3.   Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 3 years full-time and up to 9 years part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the MDiv. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to continue candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1   The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised severely in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity.

6.   Credits

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 108 credit points in the Master of Divinity. Credit can be granted from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.  Credit can be also granted when a candidate holds the SCD Bachelor of Theology or equivalent degree up to a maximum of 54 credit points for BTh or equivalent units (where the outcomes, content demand hours and assessment are comparable to those of SCD BTh units) with a grade of at least 70%.

7.   Exit Points

7.1   A range of exit points are available from the Master of Divinity. These include the Graduate Certificate in Arts, Graduate Diploma of Arts, Master of Arts and Master of Theology. For these to be available, the student must complete units that met the requirements of the exiting award.

8.   Articulation

8.1   Admission into the SCD Master of Philosophy award would require a completed Master of Divinity which included an 18 credit point Research Project or Essay with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

8.2   Admission into the SCD Doctor of Ministry award would require a Master of Divinity with a GPA of 2.8 or higher including a Research Essay with a GPA of 2.8 or higher and the appropriate ministry experience.

8.3   Admission into the SCD Doctor of Philosophy or Theology would require a completed Master of Divinity with a GPA of 3.0 or higher including a Research Essay with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

9.   Saving Clause

9.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

MTh Award Summary

Master of Theology (MTh)
CRICOS : 063709G

 

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Entry Requirements : A 3 year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology

Duration : 1.5 years (three semesters) full-time or 4.5 years (nine semesters) part-time

Mode : Full-time, part-time.
International students on an Australian Student Visa are required to study full-time.

Structure : 108 credit points (i.e. 12 units) including either a discipline or sub discipline specialisation of 6 units (54 cps), or in-depth studies of 3 units (27cps) in two disciplines or subdisciplines.

English Proficiency : Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

Enrolment

The MTh is offered through individual colleges. Details are available from the colleges offering the course.

Contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies:

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Australian College of Ministries
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
  • Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
  • Saint Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College

International students planning to study on an Australian Student Visa should contact the Registrar of one of the following Teaching Bodies :

  • Australian College of Christian Studies
  • Catholic Institute of Sydney
  • Nazarene Theological College
Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Theology is a coursework program designed for those who hold at least a Bachelor of Theology (or equivalent) and who wish to pursue theological studies in greater depth and with greater rigour.  It includes either a specialisation of six units in one discipline or subdiscipline, or in-depth studies of three units in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines, along with the opportunity for a focused research project.  The disciplines and subdisciplines and specialisations are:

Discipline Sub-disciplines Specialisations / Sub-specialisations
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality (S)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Mission (M)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Ethics (E)
Christian Spirituality
Worship & Liturgy
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Christian Ethics
Christian Life & Ministry  [Discipline]
Humanities in Christian Tradition Church History (H)
Philosophy (W)
Theological Education (D)
Church History
Philosophy
Humanities in Christian Tradition [Discipline] (specialisations and sub- specialisations not to include A units)
Theology Theology
Outcomes

Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills in relation to theology and its related disciplines, enabling them to undertake research and/or to engage in professional practice, and/or to continue life-long learning.   Graduates will acquire:

Knowledge
  • A deep and integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in one or more theologically related disciplines or areas of practice, with a solid grasp of recent developments in those sub-disciplines and areas of practice
  • understanding of research principles and methods applicable to theological investigation and practice
Skills
  • 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 or learner in relation to one or more theological disciplines, with a view to the building up of the church and the good of the wider community.
    • plan and execute a substantial research-based project, and/or piece of independent study in an area of theology.
Academic Regulations for the Master of Theology

1.   Admission to Candidature

1.1   An applicant for admission to candidature for a degree of Master of Theology must:

1.1.1   have completed a three year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology; or

1.1.1   have completed the Master of Arts of the Sydney College of Divinity and take up the same specialisation in the MTh which was undertaken in the MA program and meet the pre-requisites for any coursework units in the MTh, or

1.1.1   shall hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to a three year AQF Level 7 award in the discipline of theology.

1.2   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 of Theology by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

1.3   In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a degree of Master of Theology if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

1.4   A candidate for the award shall be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is normally designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

1.5   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 Academic Board.

1.6   Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.

1.7   Application for enrolment in the Master of Theology program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.

2.   Course Structure

2.1   The MTh requires the completion of 108 credit points.

2.2   Every program for the award shall include:

2.2.1   Either a specialisation (54 credit points) in a discipline or subdiscipline,

A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline.

A specialisation in a discipline requires 54 credit points from the discipline, with at least 27 credit points in one subdiscipline.

or

2.2.2   In-depth studies (27 credit points) in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines.

2.2.3   At least one 9600 series Generic Research unit – a Research Essay (18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision) and / or a Research Project with a professional focus (9 or if 18cps – 10,000-12,000 words in length and written in the area of specialisation under supervision)) and / or a Capstone unit as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study. Each student enrolled in a Research Project or Research Essay must complete a 8500-series Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) which can be completed before or concurrently with the Research Project or Essay;

2.2.4   Not more than 90 credit points in one sub-discipline, including a Research Essay, but not including the Research Methodology unit;

2.2.5   Not more than 18 credit points in Independent Guided Studies without approval of the Academic Board;

2.3   In addition:

2.3.1   Up to four units may be taken from the 8500 series (including 8500 series language units).

2.3.2   The 8500-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points) may be taken in addition to the four 8500 series units referred to in 2.3.1.

2.3.3   All other course units shall be taken from the 9600-series units in the Schedule of Units of Study.

2.3.4   A candidate may take a maximum of 54 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 36 credit points as a Research Essay. Students who transfer from the MTh to either the MDiv or the MA cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.

2.4   Candidates who enter the program from a BTh or equivalent cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.

2.5   Candidates wishing to proceed to the degree of Master of Philosophy must include one 18 credit point research unit or two 9 credit point research units at Distinction level.

3.   Period of Candidature

3.1   The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 1.5 years (three semesters) full-time and up to 4.5 years (nine semesters) part-time.

3.2   In certain circumstances the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions to the period of candidature.

4.   Leave of Absence

4.1   The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the award. The period of leave shall not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the degree.

4.2   The period of leave shall normally be one semester after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester or will be required to complete candidature.

5.   Assessment

5.1   The assessment of subject units shall be in the manner approved by the Academic Board in line with the College’s established guidelines for assessment packages for units

5.2   Students may be required by the Academic Board to present themselves for oral examination.

5.3   Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.

6.   Credits

6.1   A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 54 credit points in the Master of Theology. 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 SCD award.

7.   Saving Clause

7.1   Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.


 

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