Credit points


Minimum duration

3 years part-time.

Approved locations

  • Online

EFTSL value of units : All 10cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values

Admission 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 including a major in theology OR a relevant postgraduate qualification in theology, such as the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies and;
  2. demonstrated suitability to undertake the course, as evidenced by interview.

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

Completion requirements

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 120 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, including:

  1. 80 cp from Specified Units (Part A);
  2. 30 from Research Units (Part B);
  3. 10 cp from 600-level units from the Unit Schedule for the Master of Theological Studies (Part C).

Maximum periods

6 years

Exit points

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

Progression requirements

Students need to receive a minimum 75% result in both and as part of the course. Students who are unable to gain this result but have successfully completed other units towards the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction may transfer these units to the Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies or the Master of Theological Studies.

Part A : Specified Units

Complete exactly 80 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
THSP509Ignatian Discernment and Decision-Making10
THSP520Introduction to Spiritual Direction in the Ignatian Tradition10
THSP521Psychological Foundations for Supervision and Spiritual Direction10
THSP522Ethics and Professional Practice in Supervision and Spiritual Direction10
THSP632Spiritual Exercises Theory A10
THSP633Spiritual Exercises Praxis A10
THSP634Spiritual Exercises Theory B10
THSP635Spiritual Exercises Praxis B10

Part B : Research Units

Complete exactly 30 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
THEL619Introduction to Theological and Philosophical Research10
THSP636Capstone Research Project (Spiritual Direction)20

Part C : Elective Unit (600 level) from the Schedule of Unit Offerings of the Master of Theological Studies

Complete exactly 10 credit points from the following:

CodeTitleCredit PointsNotes
MTHSTNMaster of Theological Studies160

Students may choose a taught 600-level unit in any theological subdiscipline OR a 600-level research project unit that enables them to add further depth to the area of research selected for THSP636. The latter option is recommended for students potentially wishing to apply for a higher degree by research.

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