Master of Spiritual Direction

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

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

$15800 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


Deeply engaged in the Ignatian tradition, 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. Spiritual direction has a long and revered history in the Christian tradition and is understood as a ministry within the Church suitable for trained lay people, religious and ordained ministers.

The Master of Spiritual Direction provides a deep and broad understanding of the key themes and methodologies in spiritual direction, and a capacity to integrate that knowledge into professional practice.

You will develop advanced knowledge of the theological and scriptural foundations necessary for the ministry of spiritual direction in the Ignatian tradition. You'll explore the dynamics of Christian spirituality through reflection on your personal experience, and integration of this with insights from the relevant literature and your professional context.

Two pathways are available to complete the degree, which is comprised of specified units (80 credit points), and a further 80 credit points through either a praxis or theory pathway*.

*Students wishing to progress to the praxis stream will be required to attend an interview upon completion of the unit THSP507 Spiritual Exercises – Praxis B to determine suitability. Suitability will be assessed on the basis on academic performance, capacity for discernment, reflective practice and relevant experience. Students who do not meet this criteria can complete the award via the Theory Stream, or alternatively exit with the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Master of Spiritual Direction, a student must complete 160 credit points.

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AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Exit Points

A student who has completed the 80 cp of specified units from Part A of the Schedule of Unit Offerings in the Master of Spiritual Direction may exit with a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction.

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

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

English language requirements

Applicants for the Master of Spiritual Direction course 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

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.

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Course costs

Average first year fee*

$15800 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


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


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