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.

 

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