Postgraduate Study

MA (Min) in Applied Linguistics

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 Applied Linguistics in a sympathetic Christian setting, but serves to apprentice the applicant in the skills required to become a published researcher-practitioner in language development or related missiological fields.

Purpose

This MA is designed for language development workers who currently hold a graduate award in applied linguistics or related disciplines. 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 Language Description and Development (offered by SILA prior to 2015) or the current Graduate Diploma of Divinity, a yearlong course in language development offered through SILA 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:

  • holding a graduate diploma, bachelor degree honours year, or a coursework Masters award in applied linguistics or related disciplines.
  • 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) in Applied Linguistics 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

For unit descriptions click here.

  • Applied Linguistics for Mission*
  • Research Methods*
  • Academic writing for ministry or mission
  • Minor Project EM 795 (8 Credit Points) of 12-14000 words
  • Conference participation

Elective units

Candidates also take one of …

  • Effective Christian Education across cultures*, or
  • Developing Leaders across cultures EM 703-4*

and one of …

  • The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Methods, EM 702-4*, or
  • Contextualisation of Theology and Ministry practice, EM 780-4*

Teaching Mode

Units marked above with an * are taught in Monday to Friday 26 hour intensive block mode. This allows attendance from overseas citizens to travel to the course on tourist visas. 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
or
The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology & Ethnographic Methods
Academic Writing in Ministry or Mission
Semester 2 (Jul – Nov) Developing Leaders Across Cultures
or
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.

2018 Prospectus

Semester 1

Date Topic Lecturer
19 – 23 February Research Methods Dr Ken Manson
Dr Jeff Pugh
9 – 13 April Applied Linguistics for Mission Dr Ken Manson
16 – 20 April The Gospel, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnographic Methods David Troolin MA (PhD Cand)
Blended mode or by supervision Academic Writing for Ministry and Mission (Dr Ken Manson)

Semester 2

Date Topic Lecturer
16 – 20 July Effective Christian Education Across Cultures Dr Catherine Young (from UK)
By supervision Conference Participation By appointment
By supervision Minor Project EM 795 By appointment

Fees

Each 4 credit point unit costs $1500 (AUS) in 2018. Costs are subsidised by the Melbourne School of Theology. For more information, course advice, and enrolment forms please contact us.

Accommodation

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.

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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)