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About

The aim of the diploma is to enhance contemporary ministries through the incorporation of current scholarship into the practice of ministry.

The admission requirement is a degree or equivalent three-year qualification in Theology with satisfactory grades. The coursework consists of six taught papers at 400-level, of which three are praxis-based in Ministry Studies and three are selected from papers offered in Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History and Pastoral Studies.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry at University of Otago is designed to enhance a graduate's professional practice in a range of Christian ministries.

Programme Structure

The programme of study shall consist of six papers with a value of 120 points of which three shall be from 400-level MINS papers, and three shall be from 400-level BIBS and CHTH papers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Applications close 31 October but late applications, not requiring evaluation for credit, may be considered until 1 December
  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:

    95

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    587

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    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17726 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    5448 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5452 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • National: 8,028 NZD
  • International: 26,634 NZD

Living costs for Dunedin

  • 1000 - 2300 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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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