Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
2 years part-time
Fees (first year)*

$7900 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2024
Applications open April 2024


Spiritual Direction is the process and practice through which a skilled individual helps another to grow in intimacy with God. It is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. Understood as a ministry within the church suitable for trained lay people, religious and ordained ministers, spiritual direction has a long and revered history in the Christian tradition.

The Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction is coursework degree for those who are interested in becoming a spiritual director, but do not have formal background in theology. You will develop knowledge, understanding and the foundational skills suited to the ethical, self-aware and safe practice of spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition, normally in Christian contexts.

In the present day, when the choice to belong to institutional religious traditions is perhaps more complex than previously, the role of Spiritual Directors assumes a new importance as people seek to find meaning and purpose. Spiritual directors must be experienced persons of prayer, humility and integrity, able to listen to, be with, and guide others as they seek to deepen their relationship with God.

Drawing from the Ignatian spiritual tradition, the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction aims to provide you with the theological, spiritual, psychological and ethical frameworks, as well as practical skills necessary to undertake spiritual direction as a ministry.

Course details

Course structure

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Commencing Semester 1 - Part-time

  • Specified UnitsTHSP520Introduction to Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian Tradition10 cp
  • Specified UnitsTHSP521Psychological Foundations for Supervision and Spiritual Direction

    (Inc: THSP502)

    10 cp
  • Specified UnitsTHSP509Ignatian Discernment and Decision-Making10 cp
  • Specified UnitsTHSP522Ethics and Professional Practice in Supervision and Spiritual Direction10 cp

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit. 

Incompatibles (Inc:) are units similar to this unit. If you have previously passed an Incompatible unit, you are not able to enrol in this unit.

AQF framework

Graduate Diploma - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have:

  1. completed a Bachelor degree and;
  2. demonstrated suitability to undertake the course, as evidenced by interview with the Course Coordinator.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have:

  1. completed a Bachelor degree and;
  2. demonstrated suitability to undertake the course, as evidenced by interview.

English language requirements

Applicants should carefully review the details outlined in Schedule 3 of the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to check how they must demonstrate their English Language Proficiency.

Inherent requirement

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Course costs

Average first year fee*

$7900 Fee-paying

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

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