Course Details

Course Code MS44
Level Postgraduate
QTAC Code Direct Entry to CHC
Duration 1F/2P
Entry Requirements Bachelor degree in a field other than Ministry OR Graduate Certificate in Ministry (or equivalent); English language and Personal suitability requirements apply
Assumed Knowledge N/A
Mode On Campus, External Studies
Credit Points 40
Starting Semesters 1 & 2
Overseas Students Available
CRICOS Code 045358J

General Information

The Graduate Diploma in Ministry is a one-year course (full time equivalent), and is available on both a full time and part time basis.

Many Christians choose care-based professions that they consider to be their ministry in society. As an introductory postgraduate award in Ministry, the course offers the Christian professional a biblical, theological and ministry foundation to support their professional vocation, and provides grounding in the disciplines of Ministry that undergird their personal and professional development while complementing their existing tertiary qualification in their chosen profession.

Further, the Graduate Diploma in Ministry offers students who are reassessing their profession an introduction to vocational knowledge and skills in a new professional area. The course provides opportunity for students to begin preparing for ministry in an evangelical/charismatic setting or leadership position.

The course fulfils the study requirements for ordination of the International Network of Churches (INC).

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Graduate Diploma in Ministry is 5 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Ministry may articulate into the Graduate Diploma in Ministry. Students who are enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Ministry may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Ministry, subject to the completion of course requirements.

CHC regards the Bible as the final referent particularly as it applies to defining and shaping Christian Ministry. In the light of this distinctive orientation, the personal, theological, and ministry dimensions of the course are integrated under the authority of Scripture as the revelation of God developed within theological reflection arising from Scripture and applied in ministry and mission.

Course Accreditations

The Graduate Diploma in Ministry is:

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that the language of instruction of their undergraduate degree was English or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.

Examination Minimum result
IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all subtests
ISLPR Not accepted
TOEFL 575 or better (pBT – paper-based); 90 or better with no subscore lower than 20 (iBT – internet-based)
STAT 156 or higher in the Verbal component

Personal Suitability Requirements

Since scholastic achievement is not the sole requirement in ministry, additional factors are considered in assessing applicants’ suitability for entry into the course.

Applicants are asked to submit a personal statement outlining their Christian experience, their understanding of their call to ministry and reasons for seeking to enter the course. Information regarding the requirements of the Personal Statement and a list of topics to address are provided upon application.

Students are also expected to provide, through a pastoral and other reference, evidence of aptitude and potential for ministry service in terms of temperament, personal qualities, interests and attitude. The Pastoral Referee Report and interview questions are standardised for each applicant.

An interview with the Course Coordinator will also be conducted with individual applicants.

The criteria against which an applicant’s personal suitability for entry to the course is assessed are:

  • Recommendation by the applicant’s local church Pastor/Minister;
  • Personal alignment with the doctrinal values within the evangelical/charismatic tradition, as expressed in the Citipointe Ministry College Statement of Faith and Code of Ministry Ethics; and
  • Agreement to adhere to the Citipointe Ministry College Code of Ministry Ethics.

These criteria are assessed through the triangulation of information collected through each applicant’s personal statement, pastoral referee report and interview.

Applicants are notified that the progress of their application is linked to this process. This process is designed to be open and transparent and to be equitable for all applicants.

Course Structure

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN MINISTRY (MS42)

The Graduate Diploma in Ministry consists of 8 units.

CHC provides sample unit outlines for each unit offered in this course. Should you wish to view the latest version of a unit outline, please contact the Course Coordinator via the School of Ministries Administration Office at cmc@citipointechurch.com.

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

Full time students complete the following units.

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
JA401 Biblical Interpretation and Application Download
JA402 Biblical Studies in the Old Testament Download
JA403 Biblical Studies in the New Testament Download
JB404  Spiritual Transformation Download
JB405 Theology of Ministry Download
JC401 Introduction to Ministry Practice Download
JC402 Communication for Ministry Download
JC403 Leadership for Life and Ministry Download