• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Master of Ministry degree from University of Otago requires a minimum of two years' full-time or its equivalent in part-time study. The aim of the programme is the enhancement of contemporary ministries, and it is designed for ministers, priests, pastors and others involved in a range of ministries.

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About

The Master of Ministry offered by University of Otago incorporates current scholarship in the practice of ministry with options from Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History and Pastoral Studies, within an ongoing process combining theological learning and reflective practice.

The admission requirements are a degree or equivalent three-year qualification in Theology with satisfactory grades, and the completion of a minimum of three years of ministry experience prior to application.

The degree consists of six taught papers at 400-level, of which three are in Ministry Studies and three are selected from papers offered in Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History and Pastoral Theology. From 2013, the degree also involves the completion of a Research Project of 25,000 to 30,000 words related to issues emerging from the contemporary practice of ministry.

The degree is designed to enhance a graduate's professional practice in a range of Christian ministries and to enable advanced reflection and research on the practice of ministry.

Programme Structure

The program shall consist of six papers and a research project, worth a total of 210 points:
  • Three papers with a value of 60 points from 400-level MINS papers
  • Three papers with a value of 60 points from 400-level BIBS and CHTH papers
  • A research project (MINS 5) with a value of 90 points

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications close 31 October but late applications, not requiring evaluation for credit, may be considered until 10 December.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    Part-time
  • Credits
    210 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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    176

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Academic Requirements

  • Entrance requirements for postgraduate study vary by programme with most requiring a minimum bachelor-level qualification in the same field, and some having additional requirements such as relevant work experience and/or professional registration in New Zealand. 
  • A postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma can usually be taken at any time after the completion of your bachelor's degree.
  • If you hold an honours degree or postgraduate diploma you may be able to eligible for master’s study by thesis only. In some cases if you hold a bachelor’s degree you may apply for a coursework master’s degree or for master’s study by coursework and thesis.

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17726 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17726 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5452 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5452 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • National: 8,028 NZD
  • International: 26,634 NZD

Living costs for Dunedin

  • 1000 - 2300 NZD/month
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Funding

The University offers a number of generous masters’ awards and doctoral scholarships (for PhD and other doctoral-level study). These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, research ability (where applicable) and suitability within the department. No interview is required. Students already receiving a full scholarship covering tuition fees and living costs are not usually eligible.

You can find out more about our scholarship options by visiting our scholarship page: https://www.otago.ac.nz/international/future-students/international-scholarships/

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