The aim of the Master of Faith-Based Leadership and Management (MFBLM) is to enhance leadership and management in faith-based organisations, through the incorporation of current scholarship in both Theology and Business Administration. The MFBLM is designed to enhance a graduate's leadership and management of faith-based organisations and to enable advanced reflection and research on the practice of leadership and management.
The admission requirement is a degree or equivalent three-year qualification in any subject area with satisfactory grades. In cases where the student’s prior qualifications do not include theological study, he or she may be required to undertake one or more 300-level papers in theology in order to satisfy the prerequisites for specific 400-level papers in BIBS and/or CHTH.
All the Theology papers offered for this qualification will be taught by distance; with a few papers taught both on campus and by distance in the same semester. The MBA papers are taught both on campus and by distance. The Research Project can be done either on campus or by distance.
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Master of Faith-based Leadership and Management (MFBLM)
The programme of study shall consist of
Note: PAST 212 Research Methods, or an equivalent paper, is required as a prerequisite for enrolment in MINS 590.
Regulations for the Degree of Master of Faith-based Leadership and Management (MFBLM)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
- Every applicant must either
- be a graduate and normally have achieved an average of B+ in the 300-level papers of his or her degree programme, or
- have alternative qualifications or experience acceptable to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
Structure of the Programme
The programme of study shall consist of seven papers and a research dissertation, worth a total of 180 points:
- three papers with a combined value of 60 points chosen from CHTH 415, 420, 422, 423, MINS 406, 408. One other BIBS, CHTH or MINS 400-level paper may be substituted for one of these papers.
- four papers with a combined value of 60 points chosen from BMBA 501-513.
- a research dissertation (MINS 590) with a value of 60 points embodying the results of supervised research. A Research Methods paper (normally a 200-level, 18-point paper) is required as a prerequisite for enrolment in MINS 590.
- A candidate who has been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Faith-based Leadership and Management may be exempted from those papers in the programme for the degree which have been previously passed for the diploma.
- With prior approval, relevant postgraduate papers worth up to the equivalent of 40 points may be credited from another department or from another university or tertiary institution.
Duration of the Programme
- The programme shall normally be completed on a part-time basis and requires the equivalent of 18 months of full-time study.
- A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the degree within six years of admission to the programme.
- The research dissertation shall be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom shall be external to the University.
- The candidate’s supervisors shall not normally be examiners, but may make a report on the work of the candidate for the examiners to consider.
- If the research dissertation is assessed as unsatisfactory, the examiners may recommend to the Theology Programme Co-ordinator that it be revised and resubmitted by a specified date.
- If a revised and resubmitted research dissertation is finally accepted, the result shall be either ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ (i.e. ungraded) and without eligibility for the award of the degree with distinction or credit.
- Where examiners cannot agree on a result, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) shall reach a decision after consulting a referee.
Level of Award of the Degree
The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.