Summary information

Postnominals

GDSD

CRICOS code

080411G

Colleges where it can be studied
  • Jesuit College of Spirituality
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union
Overseas students

Yes

AQF level

Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study load
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Study mode
  • Face-to-face
Duration

One year full-time or up to three years part-time.

Cost of study

The Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2020 are $2,640 per standard unit or $15,840 for a full-time year (6 units).

Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

Detailed information

What this course is about

The Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction provides formation for the ministry of spiritual direction.  Students explore the dynamics of Christian spirituality through reflection on their personal experience and integration of this with insights from the literature.  Graduates are equipped for the ministry of spiritual direction in the particular tradition.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction:

  1. have knowledge of the history, theory, content and dynamics of the Christian spirituality;
  2. have knowledge of the art of spiritual direction, including the necessary dispositions of the spiritual director and key skills required;
  3. apply skills of spiritual direction under supervision;
  4. apply skills of spiritual direction within a range of contexts including retreats.
Follow on study

Admission

Admission dates
  • Admissions for first semester 2020 close on Friday 14 February 2020.
  • Admissions for second semester 2020 close on Friday 17 July 2020.
Admission criteria

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction consists of 144 points comprised of one of the following programs:

Program 1: Wellspring

Candidates must complete the units:

a)    DS9201W Art of Contemplative Practice

b)    DD8202W Art of Spiritual Direction I

c)    DD8203W Art of Spiritual Direction II

d)    A further 24 points.

Program 2: Ignatian

Candidates must complete the units:

a)    Either DS8051J/DS8059J My Experience of the Spiritual Exercises or DS9061J/DS9069J Relational Psychodynamics

b)    DD8221J/DD8229J Spiritual Exercises: Theory 1

c)    DD8231J/DD8239J Spiritual Exercises: Theory 2

d)    DD8241J Spiritual Exercises: Practice A

e)    DD8251J Spiritual Exercises: Practice B

f)    A further 24 points of elective study

Program 3: Siloam

Candidates must complete the units:

a)    Either DD8701Y: Religious Experience and the Christian Spiritual Tradition I (Full-time) or DD8711Y: Religious Experience and the Christian Spiritual Tradition I (Part-time)

b)    Either DD8703Y: Personal Awareness and Human Development I (Full-time) or
DD8713Y: Personal Awareness and Human Development I (Part-time)

c)    Either DD8705Y: Spiritual Direction Practicum I (Full-time) or
DD8715Y: Spiritual Direction Practicum I (Part-time)

The three units above must be completed concurrently.

d)    Either DD8702Y: Religious Experience and the Christian Spiritual Tradition II (Full-time) or DD8712Y: Religious Experience and the Christian Spiritual Tradition II (Part-time)

e)    Either DD8704Y: Personal Awareness and Human Development II (Full-time) or
DD8714Y: Personal Awareness and Human Development II (Part-time)

f)    Either DD8706Y: Spiritual Direction Practicum II (Full-time) or DD8716Y: Spiritual Direction Practicum II (Part-time)

The three units above must be completed concurrently

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown

Headwear

Black trencher

Hood

None

Where to get further information

Enquire about this course

  • Please select the relevant student option. If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field "Overseas students" in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for this course.