Associate Diploma in Ministry Course Information
The MCD Associate Diploma in Ministry (AssocDipMin) introduces students to the basics of the Scriptures and the Christian faith, while giving opportunity for some elective study.
Candidates for Christian ministries can use this course to meet some of the academic prerequisites for ordination; the course is flexible, with a wide range of options.
To be awarded the AssocDipMin, a total of 120 credit points (8 standard units) must be completed.
Each standard Diploma unit (15 credit points) runs for one semester of 15 weeks, including three weeks for reading and examination, and normally has three class hours in each teaching week, including tutorials. Teaching methods typically include lectures, seminars and tutorials with class sizes rarely over 30, and many much smaller classes
Units focused on ministry practice will involve supervised field placements, in which preparation, participation and evaluation of practical work play a key part with class work, observation, and reading.
The Diplomas are open to persons who have completed Year 12, International Baccalaureate or overseas equivalent. Probationary entry is available to mature-age (21 years or over) students without a Year 12 qualification.
Assessment methods in Diploma courses range from traditional academic essays, assignments and examination to writing a journal, group projects or competency assessment. The methods used for each unit must be approved by the MCD Coursework Studies Committee, to ensure equity in standards.
The Associate Diploma in Ministry must be completed in not less than one and not more than three years.
Candidates normally attend classes on-campus. The Associate Diploma is also available online via the Theology Online program at the United Faculty of Theology. On-campus students may study some units online.
Requirement to Receive Qualification
120 points, normally eight units, including at least 30 points in each of the fields of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought and History.