The Bachelor of Ministry (BMin) prepares students for the practice of ministry. It establishes foundations for ministry through the study of scriptures, theological traditions, historical and contemporary contexts. It requires concentrated study in ministry praxis. The Bachelor of Ministry provides a foundation for graduates to understand and articulate their identity and place in the world. It may be possible for students to undertake study in a ministry setting as part of the course.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Bachelor of Ministry:
- have a broad, coherent and critical knowledge of Christian theological traditions and methodologies, with focused knowledge in ministry studies
- can articulate a coherent vision of ministry and communicate that vision through clear reasoned argument and demonstrated ability
- are able to engage theological traditions and contemporary culture
- have an informed basis for engagement, ministry and service
- apply the skills of theological reflection to shape their practice of ministry.
Successful completion of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or a University of Divinity advanced diploma, or equivalent.
Prospective students apply by direct entry to a College of the University. The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is not used in selection at the University of Divinity.
It may be possible for students to receive credit into their course for prior undergraduate study in related areas.
The Bachelor of Ministry consists of 432 points comprised of:
- 72 points in a discipline or disciplines in Field B (Biblical Studies) which must include at least 18 points in each Testament
- 36 points in the discipline of Church History
- 72 points in the discipline of Systematic Theology
- 36 points in a discipline or disciplines in Field D (Theology: Mission and Ministry)
- 72 points of Supervised Theological Field Education (STFE) units in a discipline or disciplines in Field D (Theology: Mission and Ministry)
- A further 144 points.
Each course of study for the Bachelor of Ministry:
- must not include more than 216 points at level 1
- must include at least 108 points at level 3, including 36 points at Level 3 in a discipline or disciplines in Field D (Theology: Mission and Ministry).
Pre-2019 units of 15 points in volume will be counted as 18 points
for the purpose of course completion
Combined with Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry
A candidate may undertake the Bachelor of Ministry with, or subsequent to, the Advanced Diploma in Theology and Ministry at the University of Divinity. In such cases up to 144 points may be held in common to both awards. The minimum time for completion of both awards is four years.
Combined with Bachelor of Theology
A candidate may undertake the Bachelor of Ministry with, or subsequent to, the Bachelor of Theology at the University of Divinity. In addition to completing the requirements of each award, the candidate:
- must complete a total of 576 points;
- must not include more than 252 points at Level 1;
- must include at least 144 points at Level 3, including at least 36 points in a discipline or disciplines in Field D (Theology: Mission and Ministry) and at least 30 points in either the discipline of Biblical Studies or the discipline of Systematic Theology.
The minimum time for completion of both awards is four years.
3 years – 9 years
Graduates have access to a range of postgraduate courses at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters levels.