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.

 

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