Graduate Diploma in Pastoral and Spiritual Care


1 year (full-time),
up to 3 years (part-time)


Classroom, Online, Mixed

Total cost

$16,392 (At 2022 fees)

Next intake

February, July

Course Overview.

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral and Spiritual Care provides students with the opportunity and skills for reflective and critical engagement in the conversation between the texts of human experience, contemporary culture, ministry or service or wider societal context, and Christian scriptures and tradition. The purpose of this engagement is to encourage the development of relevant, flexible strategies for effective pastoral mission and practice in partnership with all those who seek to serve the world through individual or systemic practice.

For more information on the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral and Spiritual Care and it’s course regulation please follow this link.

Course outcomes.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral and Spiritual Care:
  1. have knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required for theological engagement and articulate the nature of practical theology as a method of biblical and theological inquiry;
  2. apply  their own experience and practice (personal or professional) to social and behavioural sciences and / or cultural studies and offer an integration of these with the Christian tradition;
  3. have skills to explore issues of Christian identity, personal vocation and self-understanding through the methods and practices of theological reflection and dialogical engagement with their ministry and mission context;
  4. apply advanced pastoral helping skills with a developed capacity to engage in the processes of theological reflection.

Course structure.

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral and Spiritual Care consists of 144 points comprised of:
  • 48 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  • Further units at postgraduate level.

Admission criteria.

  • Successful completion of a Bachelor degree, or an approved equivalent; or
  • Has obtained a Graduate Certificate from the University of Divinity

Have questions about the course or application process?

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2022 Intake!

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Applications close 30th January