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Grad.Dip in Transformational Development

FAQs

Do I have time for the program?
Who will encourage me through the program?
Will I go through the program with a peer group?
Is there a program probation period?
When and where will the face-to-face intensive be held?
How will the program recognise I’m already a ministry professional?
Where will I get resources for my program?
Can I use a language other than English?
Do I need broadband internet access?
How much will my program cost?
Do I need to pay my fees in full up front?
What is the time limit to complete my program?


Do I have time for the program?

Our GDTD program may be completed in 2 years, with a 5-year maximum time frame.

Given the nature of our GDTD program, we assume that participants will still be in an active role, which provides the locus for their study. Thus we expect GDTD students to be part-time in their study program. You can continue to live at home, and serve in your ministry while pursuing this program.

But note these points:

  • You need to allocate good quality time for reading, engaging in online cohort discussions and assignments.
  • Good time management is essential. You will need to restructure your work/ministry load and responsibilities for the duration of the program.

Who will encourage me through the program?

Non-residential, online or hybrid programs are a challenge to complete.

Your GDTD tutor will provide support and encouragement – but you also need to be disciplined, and take responsibility for your progress.

We have an encouragement strategy for you and that is the “Student support Memorandum of Understanding”.

You and the major stakeholders in your program – your family, church and/or ministry organisation leaders – recognise the potential pressures, and may make a commitment to help you have adequate time and energy for your program.

Click here to download the Student Support Memorandum of Understanding guidelines and form.

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Will I go through the program with a peer group?

The GDTD is a cohort program. You will be with a group of participants who proceed through the coursework together, maximising the learning experience as you interact and ‘contextualise’ with others.

As you share your experiences and challenges with others, they are likely to become friends and colleagues to network with after the program. All in all, there is great potential for a mutually enriching and ongoing process!

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Is there a program probation period?

Yes – All GDTD students enter the program on a probationary basis. In order to continue they have to pass the foundations course, as well as the first two modules. There will be a review to confirm your place in the program.

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When and where will the face-to-face intensive be held?

The 5-day intensive residential facilitated learning workshops for the units will take place in Kuala Lumpur, hosted by Malaysian Care. Details of the specific location for these sessions for each unit will be given nearer the time.

Usually it will be held in late January every year, and in Kuala Lumpur. It is also possible that other locations that fit our needs may be used occasionally.

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How will the program recognise I’m already a ministry professional?

We recognise that you and your peers will come into the GDTD program with a wealth of experience – in ministry and life generally – and we want to capitalise on that.

So, don’t think of a typical, passive ‘school approach’ to learning in this program. We anticipate the coursework modules will have plenty of scope for participatory, collaborative, applied learning processes.

Come prepared for mutual and active learning!

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Where will I get resources for my program?

A growing number of program and research resources are accessible on-line. We will help you access these. And we encourage you to share your discoveries with fellow-students, too.

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Can I use a language other than English?

Our GDTD program is conducted in English medium.

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Do I need broadband internet access?

As this is an online program, we strongly recommend having access to an adequate internet system. There will be weekly online cohort discussions and student-faculty interaction.

Research and access to databases is increasingly common via the internet.

How much will my program cost?

Click here to see the program fees of the GDTD program.

We try to keep the program fees affordable for candidates, taking into account their home country standard of living.

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Do I have to pay my fees in full up front?

No. Program fees may be paid in instalments (e.g. module by module) rather than as one lump sum.

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What is the time limit to complete my program?

Five years is the maximum time limit to complete the program. With consistent and diligent work it may be completed in 2 years.

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