Postgraduate Study

MA (Ministry)

We offer a one-year Master of Arts (Ministry) (CRICOS code: 094615B) program through our partner Melbourne School of Theology (MST), an affiliated college of Australian College of Theology (CRICOS Provider code: 02650E). The course not only offers an advanced qualification in a sympathetic Christian setting in which students can focus on the area of Applied Linguistics, but serves to apprentice the applicant in the skills required to become a published researcher-practitioner in language development or related missiological fields.


Through MST, SILA delivers a version of this course with a focus on applied linguistics, designed for language development workers who currently hold a graduate qualification in Theology or Ministry. It opens a research pathway into awards such as the Doctor of Ministry (by research) or Doctor of Philosophy through the Australian College of Theology consortium or parallel awards in the Australian University sector. This course ideally builds on the Graduate Diploma of Divinity, a yearlong course of the Australian College of Theology, through which SILA focuses on language development in various modes and at the Kangaroo Ground campus. Others may take the course to satisfy the requirements for roles in SIL International, supplementing their existing competencies.

Entry Requirements

Admission to the MA(Min) is normally on the basis of the applicant:

  • having completed an AQF level 8 or 9 award including at least three years of full-time study in Theology or Ministry
  • demonstrating English language skills appropriate to this level of study. Candidates will either have satisfactorily completed a qualification solely in English at an approved tertiary institution OR have been resident in Australia with English spoken at home and work for at least 10 years OR have achieved a minimum overall band score of 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no band score lower than 7.0 in reading and writing or 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Course Structure

The MA(Min) requires the completion of 32 credit points. Units are mostly worth 4 credit points. Candidates may study full-time or part-time. Full-time students will normally take 16 credit points per semester. The minimum duration of the course is one year and the maximum is four years.
The units are at 700 level. All units are facilitated by internationally reputable practitioner scholars with significant cross-cultural experience.

Required Core Units

Through MST, SILA delivers a version of this course with a focus on applied linguistics. Outlined below is the course structure for students studying this ACT course through SILA.
For unit descriptions click here.

  • Applied Linguistics for Mission*
  • Research Methods*
  • Academic writing for ministry or mission
  • Minor Project EM795 (8 Credit Points) of 12-14000 words

Elective units

Candidates also take three of the following:

  • Effective Christian Education across cultures*
  • Developing Leaders across cultures EM 703-4*
  • The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Methods, EM 702-4*
  • Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry practice, EM 780-4*
  • Conference participation

Teaching Mode

Units marked above with an * are taught in Monday to Friday 26 hour intensive block mode. This allows attendance from interstate or international students to travel to the college for short periods of time for these units. Each of the four intensive units involve assigned pre-reading prior to the intensive block.

The typical unit rotation

Semester 1 (Feb – Jun) An advanced unit in …
Applied Linguistics for Mission
Introduction to Research Methods
(With a special emphasis on Language research)
Contextualisation of Theology & Ministry Practice
The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology & Ethnographic Methods
Academic Writing in Ministry or Mission
Semester 2 (Jul – Nov) Developing Leaders Across Cultures
Effective Christian Education across Cultures
Linguistics, Mission, or Education Conference Participation Minor Project EM 795
14,000 words in Linguistics, Literacy, Translation, or related missional areas

Electives (red) are offered in alternate years. Core units (blue) and research related units (gold) are offered each year or semester as required.

2019 Prospectus

Semester 1

Date Topic Lecturer
18 – 22 February Research Methods Dr Ken Manson
Dr Jeff Pugh
Blended mode or by supervision Academic Writing for Ministry and Mission (Dr Ken Manson)

Semester 2

Date Topic Lecturer
8 – 12 July Applied Linguistics for Mission Dr Ken Manson
By supervision Conference Participation By appointment
By supervision Minor Project EM 795 By appointment


Each 4 credit point unit costs A$2280 in 2019. See our Fees page for more information.


Comfortable onsite accommodation is available at the picturesque Kangaroo Ground campus at the rural fringe on the outskirts of Melbourne. Please click here to read more about accommodation.

More information

For more information or course advice please contact us.


Enrolment in the ACT is through Melbourne School of Theology. Click on our Apply Now button to apply.

SILA partnering with MST, an affiliated college of the ACT (CRICOS Provider code: 02650E)