The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is perhaps the most common first degree in theology and ministry in the world. It is certainly the standard first degree in North America and increasingly in Asia. It has been available in Australia for the last 8 years or so and it is now available in Adelaide only at Tabor Adelaide.
A person must have completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than theology or ministry (e.g., BA, BSc, BEd). For this reason it is considered a post graduate degree. If you are eligible to enrol in the MDiv you have the advantage of studying at the post-graduate level rather than completing a second undergraduate degree.
The Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) is a “terminal” qualification and is not intended to lead to further post graduate study. It is designed for people to grow in their faith and use to enhance the field of work they are currently in, but who are not necessarily seeking work in the Ministry or Theology field. If you complete an MDiv, you will be eligible for enrolment into the Master of Ministry or Master of Theology programs on the basis of the subjects you have completed and ultimately into a Doctoral program.
The course is made up of 25 subjects (equivalent 3 years fulltime study) each subject is worth 6 credit points. You are required to complete 150cp to graduate with a Master in Divinity. The course is set as follows:
Pre-requisites and timetabling determine the progression of the subjects studied. Postgraduate electives can only be undertaken once the required graduate level pre requisites have been completed. MDiv students will be required to undertake at least one postgraduate subject to incorporate in their chosen specialisation.
The electives you choose in your specialisation are required in be in the same relative field. Please consult your course advisor for guidance on subject selection in each semester. Students also have another four electives. You can opt to use choose a variety of subjects or create a minor in the following fields:
Some students may wish to choose TM4230 Denominational History and Polity (taught in partnership with their denomination) as a way of preparing themselves for entering an ordination stream. With permission from the Head of School, students may also choose from selected subjects that compliment their study program offered by the other schools within Tabor Adelaide.