Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care

1 year full-time or
equivalent part-time

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care provides students with the opportunity and skills for reflective and critical engagement between the ‘texts’ of (i) human experience, (ii) contemporary culture (iii) ministry or service or wider societal context and (iv) 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.

What you will learn

  • 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;
  • How to apply their own experience and practice (personal or professional) to social and behavioural sciences and / or cultural studies and offer integration of these with the Christian tradition;
  • 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;
  • How to apply advanced pastoral helping skills with a developed capacity to engage in the processes of theological reflection.

Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care consists of 6 units (144 points):

  • 2 units (48 points) in Field 8 or 9 in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.
  • 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (48 points)
  • 2 units in any Field 8 or 9 discipline (48 points

Most standard units are delivered over one semester (15 weeks), with teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.

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Entry Requirements and Admission

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent. An applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care must have successfully completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education prior to admission.

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Course Cost

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Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible for FEE-HELP.


This course is accredited by the University of Divinity, which is constituted by the University of Divinity Act 1910 of the Parliament of Victoria. View the regulations here.