The Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry is designed specifically for those engaged in ministry in the churches, and candidates must be involved in such a role (though not necessarily in full-time employment) as they study. It is not necessary to be based in Dunedin to study in this programme.
Applicants must have a degree or equivalent three-year qualification in Theology to gain entry.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry comprises six 400-level papers: three papers in Ministry Studies and three papers from those offered in Biblical Studies, Christian Thought and History and Pastoral Studies. Because of the limited number of papers offered in any one year, it may not be possible to complete this in one year of full-time study. Most students complete the Diploma part-time.
Ministry papers have a MINS code, and are all taught by distance, using a combination of short intensives held in various centres and distance teaching. They combine reflection on issues emerging from ministry practice with discussion and research relevant to the practice of ministry.
The programme changed in 2013 and any students who began prior to this date should contact the Department for course advice.