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|
|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.|
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.
Graduates will have added particular transferable knowledge and skills in intercultural ministry to enhance their work in Christian ministry and mission.
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.
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.|
|2.1||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.|
|5.1||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.|
|7.1||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