18 months
20800 AUD/year
16000 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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Designed for qualified ministers, pastoral workers, chaplains and church leaders, the Master of Ministry from Charles Sturt University develops your pastoral and ministry skills, and provides valuable opportunities for professional development.  


The Master of Ministry gives religious practitioners and other church leaders the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and skills. We offer a broad range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs, as well as those of other cultures. 

You'll complete core subjects in the foundations of church ministry and guided research in ministry. You can then choose where your degree will take you. We offer research strands in ministry, pastoral counselling, institutional chaplaincy, mission and leadership, and religious and values education. You can choose to study this course on campus (at one of four teaching sites), online, or a combination of the two.

Charles Sturt University has a well-established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research in theology. Our approach is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education.

Career opportunities 

Whether you work in chaplaincy, ministry, church leadership or pastoral and aged care – or you aspire to do so – Charles Sturt University's Master of Ministry will equip you with the professional knowledge and skills to succeed.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Reflective Practice in Contemporary Ministry
  • Theory and Practice of Christian Formation for Ministry
  • Guided Research in Ministry
  • Church Governance and Management
  • Christian Chaplaincy in Context
  • Applied Principles of Church Leadership 
  • Practical Studies in Liturgy and Worship
  • Contemporary Issues in Practical Theology
  • Contemporary Mission and Evangelism
  • Public Theology for Ministry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


96 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 042758F (Canberra, United Theological College) 

  • An undergraduate degree in Theology from a recognised Australian university or equivalent, OR
  • The Graduate Diploma of Theological Studies with a Credit average or higher AND
  • A minimum of two years (or equivalent) full-time professional experience in ministry, OR
  • A Charles Sturt University Graduate Certificate in Ministry or equivalent with a Credit average or higher.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20800 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    16000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16000 AUD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Canberra

1425 - 2504 AUD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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