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

 

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