Postgraduate Coursework Degrees

SECTION SEVEN : Postgraduate Coursework Degree Programs & Specific Regulations

  • Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts)
  • Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy (GradCertChap)
  • Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy (GradCertGov&Strategy)
  • Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry (GradCertIM)
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GradCertLead)
  • Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching (GradCertLeadCoaching)
  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (GradCertProfSupervision)
  • Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (GradCertThEd)
  • Graduate Certificate in  Theological Studies  (GradCertThSt)
  • Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts)
  • Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry (GradDipIM)
  • Graduate Diploma of Leadership (GradDipLead)
  • Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision (GradDipProfSupervision)
  • Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Intercultural Ministry (MIM)
  • 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 6 months full-time or 1.5 years 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.

Admission

Contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

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.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • An advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, in one or more theologically-related disciplines or areas of practice
    • potential acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.

Skills

Graduates will have 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

Graduates will have 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 the breadth and 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 the Graduate Certificate in Arts will:
1.1.1 have qualified for 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to 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 36 credit points (4 units).
2.2 All course units will be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study in the 8100 and 9200 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 subdiscipline.
2.4 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a Concentration or Specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time and up to 1.5 years part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.
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 will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will 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.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment 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.

 

GradCertChap Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy (GradCertChap)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline
Duration          6 months full-time, or 2 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, Part-time
Structure 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy units listed in **Schedule1.
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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy (GradCertChap) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in any field, who wish to acquire transferable knowledge and skills in Chaplaincy as part of their continuing professional development for ministry employment and further learning.

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy focuses on building capacity in Chaplaincy 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

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of Chaplaincy which is transferable to a variety of complex religious, not-for-profit, ministry enterprises;
    • an understanding of the principles and methods of inquiry transferable to different contexts within real-world ministry practice.

Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in Chaplaincy 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 Chaplaincy in a ministry-related context;
    • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the ministry in the field of Chaplaincy within a religious, not-for-profit, community organisation;
    • transmit transferable knowledge, skills, and ideas through coherent and sustained ministry in Chaplaincy to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

    • apply transferable knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well-developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts or other SCD Graduate awards, provided that they meet the entry requirements of that award.

Special entry may be granted by the Student Support and Administration Committee.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy will:
1.1.1 hold a three-year AQF Level 7 award in any field from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
1.1.2 qualify for professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
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 Chaplaincy 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy requires the completion of 36 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The units will be any combination of units totalling 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy units listed in **Schedule 1.
2.3 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a Concentration or Specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time and up to 1.5 years part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will 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 will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
6.3 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.
7 Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy
7.1 This award is a course for professional development where the student may acquire transferable knowledge and skills over a reasonably short period of time. Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy will be considered by the Student Support and Administration Committee on the basis of three years of experience in a ministry or professional role. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have led people or projects, even though their role may not have been senior in their organisation.
8  Saving Clause
8.1 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

The list of approved units for the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy:

  • C8100 Theory and Practice of Pastoral Counselling
  • C8102 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
  • C8127 Professional Chaplaincy
  • C8145 Pastoral Counselling: Grief, Loss and Trauma
  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • P8171 Theory and Practice of Ministry 1
  • C8192 Issues in [Topic]
  • C8193 Seminar in Chaplaincy
  • C92XX Chaplaincy Project
  • C92XX Chaplaincy Focused Study
  • Or other units determined from time to time by the Academic Board.

GradCertGov&Strategy Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy (GradCertGov&Strategy)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.
Duration          6 months full-time, or 2 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, Part-time.
Structure 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy units listed in **Schedule 1.
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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy (GradCertGov&Strategy) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in any field, who wish to acquire transferable knowledge and skills in Governance and Strategy as part of their continuing professional development for employment and further learning.

The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy focuses on building capacity for people involved in a wide scope of 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 professional development.

Outcomes

Graduates will have added particular transferable knowledge and skills in Governance and Strategy to enhance their work in the not-for-profit community sector.

Knowledge

Graduates will have

    • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of Governance and Strategy which are transferable to a variety of complex religious, not-for-profit, community enterprises;
    • an understanding of the principles and methods of inquiry transferable to different contexts within real-world community practice.

Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in organisational governance and strategy 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 good governance in an organisational context;
    • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the strategic direction and organisational governance within a religious, not-for-profit, community organisation;
    • transmit transferable knowledge, skills, and ideas through coherent and sustained organisational governance to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

    • apply transferable knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well-developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as strategic leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts or other SCD Graduate awards, provided that they meet the entry requirements of that award. Special entry to those awards may be also granted by the Student Support and Administration Committee.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy will:
1.1.1 hold a three-year AQF Level 7 award in any field from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
1.1.2 qualify for professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
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 Chaplaincy, 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy requires the completion of 36 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The units will be any combination of units totalling 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy units listed in **Schedule 1.
2.3 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a Concentration or Specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time and up to 1.5 years part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will 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 will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
6.3 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.
7 Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy
7.1 This award is a course for professional development where the student may acquire transferable knowledge and skills over a reasonably short period of time. Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy will be considered by SSAC on the basis of three years’ experience in a ministry or professional role. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have led people or projects even though their role may not have been senior in their organisation.
8  Saving Clause
8.1 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

The list of approved units for the Graduate Certificate in Governance and Strategy.

Choose any of the following units to a total of 36 credit points

  • P8106 Administrative Gifts for Ministry
  • P8107 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry
  • P8162 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
  • P9258 Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • P8193 Seminar in Governance
  • P92XX Governance and Strategy Project
  • P92XX Governance and Strategy Focused Study
  • Or other units determined from time to time by the Academic Board

 

GradCertIM Award Summary

The GradCertIM course is designed for those who hold a tertiary qualification in a non-theological discipline, who wish to pursue a graduate qualification in intercultural ministry

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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          6 months full-time, or 1.5 years 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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Certificate in Leadership (GradCertLead) is offered at:

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 focuses 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 have:

    • 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 have 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 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 of 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 will:
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;
1.1.2 qualify for professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 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 credit points (4 units) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The four units will include:
2.2.1 one compulsory unit (9 cps): P8155 Foundations of Christian Leadership,
2.2.2 one core unit (9 cps) taken from the list of approved **Master of Leadership core units,
2.2.3 two electives (18 cps) from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time (1 semester) 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 will 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.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award
6.3 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may 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.

**Master of Leadership core units

  • C8103 Psychology and Leadership
  • C8160 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) & Positive Psychology (PP)
  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • E9271 Business and Professional Ethics
  • M9227 Intercultural Communication
  • P8106 Administrative Gifts for Ministry
  • P8108 Financial Management for Ministry
  • P8158 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P8162 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
  • P8163 Spiritual Leadership
  • P8172 Practice of Pastoral Supervision
  • P9221 Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • P9222 Change Management for Ministry
  • P9258 Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • P9259 Leading the Larger Church
  • P9260 Personal Growth for Leadership
  • P9261 Transformational Leadership in Ministry
  • S8101 Formation in Christian Leadership
  • S8103 Personal Transformation
  • S8161 Spiritual Direction
  • S9262 Leadership and Spiritual Discernment

 

GradCertLeadCoaching Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching (GradCertLeadCoaching)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.
Duration          6 months full-time, or 2 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, Part-time
Structure 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching units listed in **Schedule 1.
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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in any field, who wish to acquire transferable knowledge and skills in Leadership Coaching as part of their continuing professional development for ministry employment and further learning.

The Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching focuses on building capacity in Leadership Coaching 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 transferable knowledge and skills in Leadership Coaching to enhance their work in the not-for-profit religious sector:

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of Leadership Coaching which are transferable to a variety of complex religious, not-for-profit, ministry enterprises;
    • an understanding of the principles and methods of inquiry transferable to different contexts within real-world ministry practice.

Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership coaching, so that they are able independently to:

    • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with effectively coaching to bring out the best in others in an organisational context;
    • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the ministry in the field of leadership coaching within a religious, not-for-profit, community organisation;
    • transmit transferable knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership coaching to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

    • apply transferable knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well-developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts or other SCD Graduate awards, provided that they meet the entry requirements of that award. Special entry to those awards may be also granted by the Student Support and Administration Committee.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching will:
1.1.1 hold a three-year AQF Level 7 award in any field from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
1.1.2 qualify for professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
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 Coaching, 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching requires the completion of 36 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The units will be any combination of units totalling 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching units listed in **Schedule 1.
2.3 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a Concentration or Specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time (1 semester) and up to 2 years (4 semesters) part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching. The period of leave will 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.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
6.3 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.
7 Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching
7.1 This award is a course for professional development where the student may acquire transferable knowledge and skills over a reasonably short period of time. Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry will be considered by the Student Support and Administration Committee on the basis of three years of experience in a ministry or professional role. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have led people or projects even though their role may not have been senior in their organisation.
8  Saving Clause
8.1 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

The list of approved units for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Coaching:

  • C8160 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) & Positive Psychology (PP)
  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • P9221 Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • P9222 Change Management for Ministry
  • P81XX Seminar in Leadership Coaching
  • X9XXX Leadership Coaching Project
  • X9XXX Leadership Coaching Focused Study
  • Or other units determined from time to time by the Academic Board.

 

GradCertProfSupervision Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Professional 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          6 months full-time, or 2 years 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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Professional 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 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 advanced knowledge and skills in supervisory leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector.

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • 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 have 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 Professional Supervision

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision will:
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 of 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 award 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 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision requires the completion of the following four compulsory units.

  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • C8170 Fundamental Principles of Pastoral Supervision
  • P8105 Foundations of Ethical Professional Practice
  • P8172 Practice of Pastoral Supervision

Note: If compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, they are to be replaced with one or two appropriate electives.

2.2 The candidate will complete the necessary 18 credit points in the sub-discipline of Counselling to achieve a concentration in Counselling.
2.3 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a concentration or specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time (1 semester) 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 Professional Supervision. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will 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 will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 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 Professional 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 can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
6.4 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may 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.

 

GradCertTE Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Theological Education (GradCertTE)

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), and current or previous experience as a theological educator in the tertiary sector.
Duration          6 months full-time, or 2 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, part-time.
Structure 36 credit points (four units) including 2 core 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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Education course 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.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • 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 have 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 recognise 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 the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education will:
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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 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 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units within the subdiscipline of Theological Education, within the Humanities in the Christian Tradition discipline.
2.2 The four units (36 cps) include:
2.2.1 two core units (18 cps)

  • D8101 Principles of Theological Education
  • D9204 Theological Pedagogy
2.2.2 two elective units (18 cps), taken from *Schedule 1
2.3 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a Concentration or Specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time (1 semester) 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 subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 9 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Education.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award, and for units that are congruent with the ethos of the SCD GradCertTE.
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

Core Units

  • D8101 Principles of Theological Education
  • D9204 Theological Pedagogy

Elective Units

  • D8102 Contemporary Issues in Theological Education
  • D9206 Theological Curriculum
  • D9211 Theological Education Project
  • D9212 Theological Education Focused Study
  • [D81/92XX] Theological Education and [Western/Christian] Civilisation
  • [D81/92XX] Contextualising Theological Education
  • [D81/92XX] Assessment Design in Theological Education
  • [D81/92XX] Distinctives of Theological Education in the X Tradition
  • [D81/92XX] Ecumenical Theological Education
  • D9297 Major Research Project
  • [D8193 or D9292] Seminar in [Contemporary Theological Education]
  • [D8192 or D9291] Issues in [Contemporary Theological Education]
  • D9298 Minor Research Essay [D8190 Research Methodology]

 

GradCertThSt Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GradCertThSt)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.
Duration          6 months full-time or 1.5 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, part-time.
Structure 36 credit points (Four units)

The course will be taken with at least 9 credit points (one unit) from the discipline of Biblical Studies and 9 credit points (one unit) from the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

The course may be taken with a concentration. This comprises 18 credit points from either the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies (GradCertThSt) is offered at:

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. 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 the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • an understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge in Systematic 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

Graduates will have cognitive and technical skills specifically in 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

Graduates will have 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 to Other Awards

Students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (36 credit points further), 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 the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies will:
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 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units).
2.2 All course units will be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8100 and 9200 series.
2.3 The four units(36 credit points) include:
2.3.1 One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Systematic Theology;
2.3.2 One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Biblical Studies;
2.3.3 Two elective units (18 credit points).
2.4 The course may be taken with or without a concentration. A concentration in the Graduate Certificate comprises 18 credit points in the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.
2.5 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a concentration in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time (1 semester) 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 Theological Studies. The period of leave will 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.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 Theological Studies.
6.1 Credit can only be granted for Bible and Theology units at the graduate level, that is from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment 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.

Schedule

Compulsory Units to attain the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

  • One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Systematic Theology

AND

  • One foundational unit (9 credit points) in Biblical Studies

Other units

  • A choice of another 18 credit points (two units) from the suite of SCD 8100 or 9200 level units.
  • Students who may wish to complete the GradCertThSt with a concentration need to take a further 9 cps (one unit) from the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

 

GradDipArts Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts)
CRICOS : 063707k

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 Arts may enter the program. To receive the award they are required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units) and surrender the GradCertArts upon graduation.
Duration          1 year full-time or 3 years 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 subdiscipline with at least one 9200-series unit.
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.

Admission

Students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Diploma of Arts (GradDipArts) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Diploma of 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.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge, in one or more theologically-related disciplines or areas of practice,
    • potential acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.

Skills

Graduates will have 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,
    • communicate theologically-related knowledge, skills, and ideas to a variety of audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

    • make high level, independent judgments related to a range of issues pertaining to Christian living and/or ministry,
    • where the course is taken with specialisation, plan and evaluate activities and projects within a particular ministry setting.

Exit Point

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, on completion of which students are required to surrender their Graduate Diploma.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Diploma of Arts

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Arts will:
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 Arts: to receive the award a student is required to complete a further 36 credit points (4 units), and surrender the GradCertArts upon graduation; or
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 the award will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to 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 72 credit points (8 units).
2.2 All course units will be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study in the 8100 and 9200 series.
2.3 The course may be taken with or without a specialisation. A specialisation in the Graduate Diploma comprises 36 credit points in a subdiscipline, with at least one 9200-series unit.
2.4 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.5 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 award will 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 will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment 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          1 year full-time, or 3 years 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) taken from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units.
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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Leadership

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

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 focuses 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 have:

    • 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 the 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 have 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 will:
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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Graduate Diploma of Leadership program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Diploma of Leadership requires the completion of 72 credit points (8 units) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The eight units will include:
2.2.1 two compulsory units (18 cps):

  • P8107 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry
  • P8155 Foundations of Christian Leadership

Note: 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 

2.2.2 two core units (18 cps) taken from the list of approved **Master of Leadership core units.
2.2.3 four elective units (36 cps) from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units.
2.3 A specialisation comprises 4 units (36 cps) from a list of units approved by the Academic Board.
2.4 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time (1 semester) 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 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.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Leadership.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
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.

Schedule

*Compulsory Units

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.

  • P8107 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry
  • P8155 Foundations of Christian Leadership

**Master of Leadership Core Units

  • C8103 Psychology and Leadership
  • C8160 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) & Positive Psychology (PP)
  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • E9271 Business and Professional Ethics
  • M9227 Intercultural Communication
  • P8106 Administrative Gifts for Ministry
  • P8108 Financial Management for Ministry
  • P8158 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P8162 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
  • P8163 Spiritual Leadership
  • P8172 Practice of Pastoral Supervision
  • P9221 Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • P9222 Change Management for Ministry
  • P9258 Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • P9259 Leading the Larger Church
  • P9260 Personal Growth for Leadership
  • P9261 Transformational Leadership in Ministry
  • S8101 Formation in Christian Leadership
  • S8103 Personal Transformation
  • S8161 Spiritual Direction
  • S9262 Leadership and Spiritual Discernment

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          6 months full-time or 2 years 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 Schedule 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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

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 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 particular knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector.

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • 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 have 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 will:
1.1.1 hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Professional 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 award 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 36 credit points (4 units) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The four units will include:
2.2.1 two compulsory units (18 credit points):
  • C8102 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
  • P9278 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision
Note: 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.
2.2.2 One unit (9 credit points) from the Counselling sub-discipline on the list of SCD Schedule of  Units
2.2.3 one unit (9 credit points) 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 9200-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 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a concentration or specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.6 Candidates who have previously studied an SCD Course may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the degree shall normally be 0.5 year (1 semester) full-time, or 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 Diploma of Professional Supervision. The period of leave will 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.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 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 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision.
6.2 Credit may be granted only from units at the 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.

 

GradDipIM Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry (GradDipIM)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any field.
Duration          1 year full-time, or 3 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, Part-time.
Structure 72 credit points (8 units) including 36 credit points (4 units) taken from the list of approved *Master of Intercultural Ministry units and four elective units (36 credit points) from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units.
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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry (GradDipIM) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

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

Outcomes

Graduates will have added particular transferable knowledge and skills in intercultural ministry to enhance their work in Christian ministry and mission.

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of intercultural ministry which are transferable to a variety of complex intercultural contexts.
    • an understanding of the principles and methods of inquiry applicable to intercultural theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.

Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in intercultural ministry so that they are able independently to:

    • Analyse critically, evaluate and adapt the information to complete a range of activities associated with intercultural ministry.
    • Analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide effective engagement in intercultural ministry.
    • transmit intercultural knowledge, skills, and ideas to specialist and non-specialist of audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

    • make high-level, independent judgements related to a range of issues pertaining to intercultural living and/or ministry.
    • plan and execute advanced research or field-based project in an area of intercultural ministry.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Master of Intercultural Ministry, upon which they are required to surrender their Graduate Diploma. Special consideration may be also granted by the Student Support and Administration Committee.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry will:
1.1.1 hold a three-year AQF Level 7 award in any field from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
1.1.2 Students with either an SCD Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry (GradCertIM) OR an SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts (GradCertArts) may enter the program. To receive the award, they are required to complete a further 36 credit points (4units), and surrender the GradCertIM or GradCertArts upon graduation; or
1.1.3 qualify for professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
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 A Candidate for the award will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 27 credit points per semester.
1.4 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.
1.5 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.
1.6 Application for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry requires the completion of 72 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The 72 credit points (8 units) will include:
2.2.1 four units (36 credit points) taken from the list of approved *Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units,
2.2.2 four elective units (36 credit points) from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units.
2.3 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a Concentration or Specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will 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.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will 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 will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Intercultural Ministry.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
6.3 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may 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.

*Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units

  • M8100 Introduction to Intercultural Mission
  • M8101 Missiological Hermeneutics and Contextualisation
  • M8120 Cultural Anthropology for Mission
  • M8140 Encountering Living Faiths of the World
  • M8143 Introducing Islam
  • M8160 Gospel, Culture, and Communication in Australia and New Zealand
  • M9227 Intercultural Communication
  • M9232 Spiritual Warfare and Mission
  • M9242 Interreligious Dialogue
  • M9275 Transformational Development in a Global Context
  • P8158 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P9221 Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • P9222 Change Management for Ministry
  • S8104 Spiritual Formation for Intercultural Ministry
  • T8140 Biblical Theology of Mission

 

GradDipThSt Award Summary

Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma
Entry Requirements

A three-year AQF 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 surrender the SCD GradCertThSt prior to graduation.

Duration          1 year full-time or 3 years 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 discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.
A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises 36 credit points with at least one 9200-series unit.
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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies (GradDipThSt) is offered at:

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. 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 Diploma of Theological Studies focuses on introducing students to the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology equipping them with foundational knowledge for further study in these two areas.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • an advanced understanding, within a coherent body of knowledge in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies,
    • potential for acquiring and applying knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area.

Skills

Graduates will have cognitive and technical skills specifically in 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

Graduates will have 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 to 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 the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies will:
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 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 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 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies requires the completion of 72 credit points (8 units).
2.2 36 credit points of core units (4 units) will be taken from the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.
2.3 All course units shall be taken from the Schedule of Units of Study in the 8100 and 9200 series.
2.4 The course may be taken with a specialisation in the discipline of Biblical Studies or in the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology. A specialisation in the GradDipThSt comprises 36 credit points in the respective sub/discipline with at least one 9200-series unit.
2.5 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.6 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.
3 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.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies. The period of leave will 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.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for Bible and Theology units at the graduate level, that are from an equivalent award or institution, and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
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.

 

MA Award Summary

Master of Arts (MA)
CRICOS : 063708J

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF Level 7 or 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 9200-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
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.

Admission

Students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Master of Arts (MA) is offered at:

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 (see Academic Regulations section 2.4).

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • 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 research principles and methods applicable to these theological disciplines and their practice

Skills

Graduates will have expert 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

Graduates will have 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.

Exit Points

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

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).

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Master of Arts

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the 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)
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)
1.1.3 Applicants who hold a Vocational Graduate Diploma (VET accredited) or Vocational Graduate Certificate (VET accredited) may be granted provisional admission into Category 2.
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 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to 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 requires candidates to complete credit points as follows:
1.1.1 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.
1.1.2 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 All course units will be taken from the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study in the 8100 and 9200 series.
2.3 The course may be taken with or without a specialisation.
2.3.1 A specialisation in the MA comprises 54 credit points in a discipline or subdiscipline, with at least two 9200-series units.
2.3.2 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 9200 series units.
2.3.3 A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9200 series units.
2.3.4 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline
2.4 Overview of Specialisations:

Discipline Subdisciplines Specialisations
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality (S)
Mission (M)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Life & Ministry  (discipline)
Christian Spirituality
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Humanities in the Christian Tradition Church History (H)
Philosophy (W)
Theological Education (D) 
Humanities in the Christian Tradition (discipline)
Church History
Philosophy
Theological Education
Theology Systematic Theology (T)
Christian Ethics (E)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Theology (discipline)
Systematic Theology
Christian Ethics
Worship & Liturgy
2.5 The course will include at least one Generic Research unit.
2.6 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 the MDiv cannot exceed this limit in total across both programs.
2.7 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 A8100 Critical Academic Skills in Theological Education during the first enrolment period.
2.8 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 award will normally be:
3.1.1 Category 1: 1 year (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 Master of Arts. The period of leave will 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.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 54 credit points in the 12 unit Master of Arts (1.5 years), and 36 credit points in the 8 unit Master of Arts (1 year).
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units at the graduate level, that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment 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.

 

MIM Award Summary

Master of Intercultural Ministry (MIM)

AQF Level 9 Masters 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 full-time or 3 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, Part-time.
Structure 72 credit points (8 units) including four units (36 credit points) taken from the list of approved *Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units; two units (18 credit points) focused on **intercultural practice in the context of the candidate’s work, ministry or mission; 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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Master of Intercultural Ministry.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Master of Intercultural Ministry (MIM) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Intercultural Ministry course is designed for those who hold a graduate certificate in the field of philosophy and studies in religion, who wish to pursue a further qualification in intercultural studies, as part of continuing education for ministry.

The Master of Intercultural Ministry focuses on building intercultural capacity for people involved in leading or ministering to others across cultural divides. Students may be seeking skills in intercultural studies to enhance their professional work or to engage in effective ministry.

Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for further learning in intercultural ministry and research, and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in an intercultural context.

Outcomes

Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for further learning in intercultural ministry and research, and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in an intercultural context.

Knowledge

Graduates will have

    • an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge related to intercultural contexts.
    • an expert understanding of the principles and methods of inquiry applicable to intercultural theory and their application to real-world ministry practice.

Skills

Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in intercultural ministry, so that they are able independently to:

    • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts, and theories associated with intercultural ministry.
    • implement with discrimination established intercultural theories to provide effective engagement in intercultural ministry.
    • interpret and transmit intercultural knowledge, skills, and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have the ability to:

    • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates initiative, autonomy, expert judgement adaptability, and accountability in the field of intercultural ministry.
    • plan and execute a substantial research or field-based project in an area of intercultural ministry.

Exit Point

Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Ministry (36 credit points)

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Master of Intercultural Ministry

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Intercultural Ministry will:
1.1.1 hold an AQF Level8 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.
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 A Candidate for the award will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 27 credit points per semester
1.4 A Candidate for the award will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Master of Intercultural Ministry program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Master of Intercultural Ministry requires the completion of 72 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The 72 credit points (8 units) will include:
2.2.1 four units (36 credit points) taken from the list of approved *Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units in Schedule 1,
2.2.2 two practical units (18 credit points) focused on **intercultural ministry 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,
2.2.3 two elective units from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units to complete the 72 credit points required by the award.
2.3 The program must include at least two 9200-series units.
2.4 A specialisation is based on a list of 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 specialist and/or practical units and in the forming of the missions specialisation (54cps, including at least 2 x 9200 level units) within the Master of Intercultural Ministry.
2.6 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.7 Candidates who have previously studied a Bth/BMin or equivalent may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered by their previous studies.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will 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.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Master of Intercultural Ministry. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will 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 will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Master of Intercultural Ministry
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
6.3 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may 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.

Schedule 1

*Master of Intercultural Ministry specialist units

  • M8100 Introduction to Intercultural Mission
  • M8101 Missiological Hermeneutics and Contextualisation
  • M8120 Cultural Anthropology for Mission
  • M8140 Encountering Living Faiths of the World
  • M8143 Introducing Islam
  • M8160 Gospel, Culture, and Communication in Australia and New Zealand
  • M9227 Intercultural Communication
  • M9232 Spiritual Warfare and Mission
  • M9242 Interreligious Dialogue
  • M9275 Transformational Development in a Global Context
  • P8158 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P9221 Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • P9222 Change Management for Ministry
  • S8104 Spiritual Formation for Intercultural Ministry
  • T8140 Biblical Theology of Mission

**Intercultural Ministry Practical Units

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

  • M8128 Engaging in Intercultural Ministry
  • X8190 Research Methodology
  • X8194 Fieldwork in [Discipline]
  • X9291 Issues in [Topic]
  • X9292 Seminar in [Topic]
  • X9293 Minor Independent Guided Study
  • X9294 Major Independent Guided Study
  • X9296 Minor Research Project
  • X9297 Major Research Project
  • X9298 Minor Research Essay
  • X9299 Major Research Essay

 

MLead Award Summary

Master of Leadership (MLead)

AQF Level 9 Master Degree (Coursework)
Entry Requirements An AQF level 8 award in the field of philosophy and religious studies (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 9200-series units. 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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Master of Leadership.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

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 focuses 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 have:

    • 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 advanced 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 have 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.

Exit Point

Graduate Certificate in Leadership (36 credit points).

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Master of Leadership

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Leadership will:
1.1.1 hold an AQF level 8 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 Master 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Master of Leadership program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Master of Leadership requires the completion of 72 credit points (8 units) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The eight units will include
2.2.1 two compulsory units (18 cps):
  • P8107 Non-Profit Governance for Ministry
  • P8155 Foundations of Christian Leadership
Note: 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
2.2.2 three core units (27 cps) taken from the list of approved **Master of Leadership core units in Schedule 1
2.2.3 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 Schedule 1
2.2.4 elective units from the 8100 and 9200 series in the SCD Schedule of Units to complete the 72 credit points required for the award.
2.3 The program must include at least two 9200-series units.
2.4 A specialisation comprises 4 units (36 cps) from a list of units approved by the Academic Board.
2.5 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.6 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 2×9200 level units) or sub-specialisation (36 cps) within the Master of Leadership.
2.7 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.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 1 year full-time (2 semesters), 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.
4 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 will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will 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 will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Master of Leadership.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
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.

Schedule 1

**Master of Leadership core units

  • C8103 Psychology and Leadership
  • C8160 Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) & Positive Psychology (PP)
  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • E9271 Business and Professional Ethics
  • M9227 Intercultural Communication
  • P8106 Administrative Gifts for Ministry
  • P8108 Financial Management for Ministry
  • P8158 Working in a Ministry Team Setting
  • P8162 Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry
  • P8163 Spiritual Leadership
  • P8172 Practice of Pastoral Supervision
  • P9221 Managing Conflict in Ministry
  • P9222 Change Management for Ministry
  • P9258 Strategic Thinking and Decision Making
  • P9259 Leading the Larger Church
  • P9260 Personal Growth for Leadership
  • P9261 Transformational Leadership in Ministry
  • S8101 Formation in Christian Leadership
  • S8103 Personal Transformation
  • S8161 Spiritual Direction
  • S9262 Leadership and Spiritual Discernment

***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.

  • M8128 Engaging in Intercultural Ministry
  • X8194 Fieldwork in [Discipline]
  • X9290 Capstone Unit in [Discipline]
  • X9292 Seminar in [Topic]
  • X9293 Minor Independent Guided Study
  • X9294 Major Independent Guided Study
  • X9295 Action Research Project
  • X9296 Minor Research Project
  • X9297 Major Research Project
  • X9298 Minor Research Essay

 

MProfSupervision Award Summary

Master of Professional Supervision (MProfSupervision)

AQF Level 9 Master Degree (Coursework)
Entry Requirements An AQF Level 8 award Graduate Certificate in Professional 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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Master of Professional Supervision.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Professional Supervision is designed for those possessing an AQF 8 Graduate Certificate in Professional 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

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • 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 will:
1.1.1 hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Professional 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 award 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Master of Professional Supervision program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Master of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 72 credit points (8 units) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The eight units will include
2.2.1 two compulsory units (18 credit points):
If compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, they are to be replaced with one or two appropriate elective units.
  • C8102 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
  • P9278 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision
2.2.2 three units (27 cps) from the Counselling sub-discipline on the list of SCD Schedule of Units.
2.2.3 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.
2.2.4 elective units from the 8100 and 9200 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 9200-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 a specialisation (54 cps) within the Master of Professional Supervision.
2.6 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a concentration or specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.7 Candidates who have previously studied an SCD Course may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 1 year full-time (2 semesters) and 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.
4 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.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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 36 cps in the Master of Professional Supervision.
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 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.

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 (8 units).

The course will be taken with at least 36 credit points (4 units) from the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

The course may be taken with at least one specialisation from the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

A specialisation in the MThSt comprises 54 credit points with at least 18 cps of 9200-series units. Grad Cert entry award units may be used towards the 54 credit points required for 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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Master of Theological Studies.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Master of Theological Studies (MThSt) is offered at:

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 discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology 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 have:

    • an integrated understanding of an advanced body of knowledge in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies including recent developments in theory and practice.
    • an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies and their practice.

Skills

Graduates will have specialised cognitive and technical skills specifically in Theology and Biblical Studies, so as to be able independently to:

    • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesize complex information, problems, concepts and theories associated with theology and Biblical studies,
    • research and apply established theories to theology and Biblical studies,
    • apply specialised and creative skills for Christian living and ministry,
    • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained argument to specialist and non-specialist audiences in relation to Theology and Biblical Studies.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will have 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 either the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.

Exit Point

The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies requires a further 36 credit points and the surrender of the Sydney College of Divinity Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Master of Theological Studies

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Theological Studies will:
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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Master of Theological Studies program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Master of Theological Studies requires the completion of 72 credit points (8units) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The 72 credit points (eight units) will include 36 cps (4 units) from the discipline of Biblical Studies and the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology.
2.3 The course may include a specialisation that comprises 54 credit points in either Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology with at least two 9200-series units. The Grad Cert entry award can be used towards the 54 credit points required for specialisation.
2.4 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.5 The course will include a Generic (Research) unit and/or a Capstone unit and / in either the discipline of Biblical Studies or the subdiscipline of Systematic Theology as found in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.6 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.
2.7 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 an 8100 Research Methodology unit (9 credit points) before or concurrently with the Research Project.
2.8 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 award will 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.
4 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 will 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.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Master of Theological Studies.
6.1 Credit can only be granted for Bible and Theology units at the graduate level, that are from an equivalent award or institution, and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment 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.

 

MDiv Award Summary

Master of Divinity (MDiv)
CRICOS : 063710D

AQF Level 9 Masters Degree (Extended)
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF Level 7 or 8 award 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.

Admission

Contact the Registrar of the college with whom you intend to study for enrolment and fee details.

Master of Divinity (MDiv) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Master of Divinity 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 ministries in church, parachurch or non-profit organisations, 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. (see Academic Regulations section 2.3).

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 have

  • an 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 research principles and methods applicable to these theological disciplines and their practice.

Skills

Graduates will have expert cognitive and technical skills in a theologically-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 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

Graduates will have 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 Divinity

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Master of Divinity will:
1.1.1 those who have completed an 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 surrender 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 surrender 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 surrender 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 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 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to 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 will consist of no fewer than 216 credit points.
2.2 Every program will include either two specialisations and one subspecialisation, or one  specialisation and two subspecialisations.
2.2.1 A specialisation in a requires 54 credit points from units assigned to the specialisation, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9200 series units,
2.2.2 A specialisation in a subdiscipline requires 54 credit points from the subdiscipline, with a minimum of 18 credit points from 9200 series units.
2.2.3 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 9200 series units.
2.2.4 A subspecialisation in a discipline or subdiscipline requires 36 credit points from the units assigned to the discipline or subdiscipline, including no more than 18 credit points from 8100 series units or up to 36 credit points from 9200 series units.
2.2.5 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.3 Overview of Specialisations:

Discipline Subdisciplines Specialisations
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality (S)
Mission (M)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Life & Ministry  (Discipline)
Christian Spirituality
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Humanities in the Christian Tradition Church History (H)
Philosophy (W)
Theological Education (D)
Humanities in the Christian Tradition (Discipline)
Church History
Philosophy
Theological Education
Theology Systematic Theology (T)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Christian Ethics (E)
Theology (discipline)
Systematic Theology
Worship & Liturgy
Christian Ethics
2.4 All course units will be taken from 8100 and 9200 series units in the Schedule of Units of Study.
2.5 Every program will include
2.5.1 a minimum of 72 credit points in 9200 series units;
2.5.2 not more than 72 credit points from Philosophy;
2.5.3 at least a subspecialisation from Biblical Studies;
2.5.4 students completing a specialisation in Biblical Studies must also complete at least 18 cps (2 units) in Biblical languages which are in addition to the 54 cps (6 units) required for the specialisation;
2.5.5 at least a subspecialisation from Systematic Theology;
2.5.6 at least one unit in Church History;
2.5.7 at least a total of 36 credit points from the following subdisciplines: Christian Ethics, Christian Spirituality, Pastoral Counselling, Worship & Liturgy, Mission, Pastoral Theology;
2.5.8 not more than 108 credit points in Pastoral Theology;
2.5.9 at least one 9200 series Generic Research unit;
2.5.10 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 Master of Divinity. The period of leave will 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 continue candidature.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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.
6.2 Credit can only be granted for units at graduate level, that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the SCD award.
6.3 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 three-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 (12 units), including either a discipline or subdiscipline specialisation of 54 credit points (6 units), or at least 27 credit points (3 units) 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.

Admission

Students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Master of Theology (MTh) is offered at:

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 54 credit points (6 units) in one discipline or subdiscipline, or at least 27 credit points (3 units) in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines (see Academic Regulations section 2.3.1), along with the opportunity for a focused research project.

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.

Knowledge

Graduates will have

    • 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 subdisciplines and areas of practice;
    • an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to theological investigation and practice.

Skills

Graduates will have expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills specifically 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;
    • apply specialised and creative skills for Christian living and ministry;
    • 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

Graduates will have the ability to:

    • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, expert judgement, 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 the Master of Theology will:
1.1.1 have completed a 3-year AQF level 7 award in the discipline of theology; or
1.1.2 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 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 Theology 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 will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 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 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 admission to the Master of Theology program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Master of Theology requires the completion of 108 credit points.
2.2 Every program for the award will include:
2.2.1 Either a specialisation (54 credit points) in a discipline or subdiscipline; OR
2.2.2 At least 27 credit points in two or more disciplines or subdisciplines.
2.2.3 At least one 9200 series Generic Research unit;
2.2.4 Not more than 90 credit points in one subdiscipline, 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 the approval of the Academic Board.
2.3 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.
2.3.1 Specialisations are as follows:

Discipline Subdisciplines Specialisations
Biblical Studies Biblical Studies
Christian Life & Ministry Christian Spirituality (S)
Mission (M)
Pastoral Counselling (C)
Pastoral Theology (P)
Christian Life & Ministry  (discipline)
Christian Spirituality
Mission
Pastoral Counselling
Pastoral Theology
Humanities in the Christian Tradition Church History (H)
Philosophy (W)
Theological Education (D)
Humanities in the Christian Tradition (discipline)
Church History
Philosophy
Theological Education
Theology Christian Ethics (E)
Systematic Theology (T)
Worship & Liturgy (L)
Theology (discipline)
Christian Ethics
Systematic Theology
Worship & Liturgy
2.4 In addition:
2.4.1 Up to 36 cps (4 units) may be taken from the 8100 series (including 8100 series language units).
2.4.2 The 8100-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points) may be taken in addition to the 36 cps from the 8100 series referred to in 2.4.1.
2.4.3 All other course units will be taken from the 9200-series units in the Schedule of Units of Study.
2.4.4 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.
2.4.5 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 an 8100-series Research Methodology Unit (9 credit points) before or concurrently with the Research Project.
2.5 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
2.6 Candidates who enter the program from a BTh or equivalent cannot enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.
2.7 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 award will normally be 1.5 years (3 semesters) full-time, and 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 Master of Theology. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will 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 will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students 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.
6.1 Credit can only be granted for Bible and Theology units at the graduate level, that are from an equivalent award or institution, and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment 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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