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Master of Ministry Degree (MMin)

The Master of Ministry degree is designed specifically for those engaged in ministry in the churches, and candidates must have completed a minimum of three years of ministry experience prior to application. They must also be involved in such a role (though not necessarily in full-time employment) as they study.

Master of Ministry (MMin) Regulations

2017 Master of Ministry Brochure

The Department no longer offers a Research Methods paper because an excellent paper is offered by Associate Professor Martin Tolich in the Department of Sociology. His paper is SOCI201 Sociological Research in Practice. We are advising our students to enrol in that paper. This may seem a bit confusing at first because it is available only to campus students. However, Martin will know exactly who our students are, he will make his lectures available online, and he will hold additional online sessions with those students not resident in Dunedin. Also, the University will waive the Student Services Fee that is required of campus students. For that reason you need to let us know if you will be enrolling in SOCI201 so that we can get that fee waived before you pay your paper fees. And you will be able to sit the exam wherever you live. If you have any questions about how this will work, contact the Department of Theology or email Martin directly at

Master of Ministry Research Project - MINS5

The Master of Ministry degree includes a 25,000-30,000 word Research Project (MINS 5), worth 90 points, which investigates an aspect of the practice of ministry.  In undertaking this research, candidates for the Master of Ministry degree have investigated many important and challenging issues relating to the contemporary life of worshipping congregations.  Hence, this Research Project provides a very relevant and informative resource for the churches.

The programme changed in 2013 and any students who began prior to this date should contact the Department for course advice.

A range of Research Projects are part of the University of Otago Library’s Digital Research Archive and so are freely available to be downloaded and read.  We hope in this way that this growing body of valuable research will be useful to many people.

Here is a list of the Research Projects which are available, and an abstract of each.

Further Information

Master of Ministry and Postgraduate Diploma in Ministry Information Guide

Guide to Enrolment for Distance Students