Master of Art Christian Studies
2 YearsFull Time
8 Max Years Part Time
Blended/ Online Course
- Introduces graduate students to the sources and content of the Christian story and message, and provides training which emphasises application of this story to life in the world, including professional and vocational life. It is intended to enable students to apply a Christian perspective and commitment to their life in the world, including their professional and vocational life. The course will include an introduction to the research principles and methods applicable to the specialised study of Christian Studies (Counselling).
- The course will be based on the disciplines by which knowledge of God is developed and articulated in two main fields:
- Languages and Bible (LA, OT, NT, BB)
- Christian Thought & History (TH, CH, PE)
- It will also provide an approach to synthesising this understanding with particular occupational and/or life interested in integrated studies.
- Through elective units students can:
- Develop understanding in the Bible and Christian Thought & History
- Develop practical and professional counselling skills in the Ministry & Practice (EM, PC, DM)
64 credit points over 2 years (F/T)
Primary Course Discipline
Within phase one:
- 8 cps from 500 level units in BB and/or OT and/or NT
- 4 cps from 500 level units in CH / TH
- 4 cps from 500 level units in BB / OT / NT / TH / CH
- 8 cps from TH and/or PE
- 4 cp individual study unit (IN650). May be deferred (see below)
Within phase two: (Counselling units)
- 6 cps in units chosen from the field of Integrative Studies (IN7**)
- Project: IN791 8cps (Students who deferred IN650 in the first phase of the course may choose to take IN792 12cps project) relating to student’s non-theological studies
Within phase one: (Counselling unit)
- 4 cps 600 level units
Within phase two: (Counselling units)
- 18 cps elective units from any unit field at 700 level
This course relies on 32cps of units at 500/600 level, followed by 32cps of units at 700 level.
Academic Qualifications: 3 yr non-theological undergraduate degree or equivalent
Mature Age Entry: none
Discipline Knowledge and Understanding
- Demonstrate up-to-datespecialized knowledge and understanding of ‘Christian Studies’, including the theological, spiritual and ethical implications
- Explain the interaction between Christian Studies and at least one other non-theological field of knowledge (Counselling) and understanding or life interest
- Discuss the research principles and methods used to investigate the relationship of Christian Studies with other non-theological fields of knowledge and understanding or life interest
Inquiry and Analysis
- Utilize and reflect uponprior knowledge and experiencein private and professional life, and use and reflect critically on specialized Christian Studies knowledge, ideas and practice
Problem Solving and Integration
- Synthesize Christian Studies with at least one other non-theological field of knowledge (Counselling)and understanding or life interest, usinga wider range of sources and contexts
- Construct evidence based perspectives onspecialized issues in Christian Studies and other non-theological fields of knowledge and understanding from a wider range of sources and contexts
- Plan and execute a research project by asking questions and identifying problems and using appropriate research principles and methods for relating Christian Studies with another field of knowledge and understanding or life interest
- Presentspecialized ideas, knowledge and principles in Christian Studies and other non-theological fields of knowledge and understanding to, and engage with, specialist and non-specialist audiences using a variety of formats
Teamwork and Professional Practice
- As leader and in groups, applyspecializedknowledge and understanding of Christian Studies in formal ministry contexts and the wider community
Engagement With the World
- Bringenhanced professional and vocational capacity to engagement with the challenges of contemporary Christianity, society and the wider world
Continuous Learning and Professional Development
- Showreadiness for researchat a higher level in capacity for wide reading, analytical rigour and independent thinking
We are following ACT tuition fee and policies.
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- Max cps per semester: 20
- 600 level units with specific conditions may be taken when the pre-requisite or co-requisite or required units have been successfully completed and/or any co-requisite unit is taken concurrently.
Occupational functions of graduates
- Graduates of the course will normally continue in their chosen secular professions but will have the understandings and skills to integrate these with their Christian perspective and commitment,
- Depending on the units taken in the course, a graduate might be expected to participate as a member of a church educational pastoral ministry team, a professional Christian counsellor under the leadership of a well-qualified practitioner.
- Skills in biblical exegesis, the practice of hermeneutics or interpretation, and theological reflection in such a way as to bring their theological insights to bear upon the world they face and on their roles and occupations in it,
- Ability to integrate and synthesise insights gained from the student’s program of study with his or her vocational and/or life interests,
- Ability to investigate by means of the project the particular interface of theological study and the world of work and/or life interest of the student;
- Demonstrate knowledge and competence in their analysis of texts and ideas, undertake reading at greater depth and breadth than that expected of undergraduates, and show ability to read across viewpoints with understanding and to report these with empathy,
- Display an ability to present well-structured and coherent arguments,
- Demonstrate ability in all units undertaken to arrive at independent judgments and conclusions, and to engage in constructing their own theological world-view with attention to the deposit of faith and contemporary world-views,
- Develop a critical appreciation of the historical context of Christian thought and practice and gain a critical appreciation of relevant cultural issues from a Christian perspective.
*This course is a new developing course focused on counselling subjects within the structure of Master of Christian Studies.
This course award will be issued by ACT(Australian College of Theology) through MST (Melbourne School of Theology).