Graduate Diploma in Supervision

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 1 locations

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

$18672 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2022
Applications open April 2022


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The Graduate Diploma in Supervision provides multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills in the supervision of individuals and groups across a variety of contexts, including the Church, education, health care, aged care, social services, and overseas aid and development.

Grounded in the long and rich history of accompaniment within the Ignatian spiritual tradition, and in line with community professional standards, students are trained and develop the necessary skills for professional practice as supervisors. This includes approaches and methods to help others reflect, learn, and nurture support structures in communities, all with a view to safe and sustainable practice.

Graduates will exemplify and encourage a culture of self-care and care of others, as well as develop the skills to manage a professional supervision practice. They are prepared to work in the area of formation and in the clinical and leadership settings of Catholic and other Christian organisations across a range of ministries.


Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with the Australasian Association of Supervision (AAOS).



Graduates of this course are both individual religious and laity. They are suitable to work in Catholic and Christian-based organisations and contexts, and across range of settings including the Church, education, health, aged care, social services, and aid and development.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma in Supervision, a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

THSP512 Ministry Supervision - Individual

THSP502 Pastoral Psychology

Year 1 - Semester 2

THSP509 Ignatian Discernment and Decision-Making

THSP614 Ministry Supervision - Peer and Group

Year 2 - Semester 1

THSP626 Ministry Supervision - Leadership and Reflective Practice

THSP629 Professional Supervision Field Unit A

Year 2 - Semester 2

THSP630 Professional Supervision Field Unit B

THSP631 Capstone Integrative Project Supervision *

This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

* The capstone unit will normally be taken during the last two semesters of coursework.

AQF framework

Graduate Diploma - AQF Level 8

Additional course information

This course is accredited by ACU and delivered by the Jesuit College of Spirituality (JCS) on their Melbourne campus. JCS is the sole provider of Ignatian spiritual formation programs that are recognised by the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus.

Entry requirements

An applicant must comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree in any discipline. 

In addition, an applicant must submit a brief resume detailing experience relevant to the application and include the contact details of a referee who can attest to the applicant’s suitability to undertake the course. 

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission.

Applicants with higher education study

Students whose first language is other than English need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

 If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner.

Learn more about recognition of prior learning

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

This course has a number of units in common with the Master of Theological Studies (Spirituality specialisation) and the Master of Spiritual Direction. Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Supervision may further their studies in either of these Masters programs. Credit for studies successfully completed will be granted in accordance with ACU’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$18672 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

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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You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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In addition, an applicant must submit a brief resume detailing experience relevant to the application and include the contact details of a referee who can attest to the applicant’s suitability to undertake the course.


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment.


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