Summary information





Colleges where it can be studied
  • Catholic Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union
Overseas students


AQF level

Level 9 – Masters Degree

Study load
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Study mode
  • Online
  • Blended (combination of Online and Face-to-face)
  • Face-to-face

Two years full-time or up to six years part-time.

Cost of study

The Master of Pastoral Care requires completion of 12 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 Master of Pastoral Care enables students to apply an advanced body of knowledge and skill in pastoral care in relation to broader theological studies. Students broaden their knowledge and skills and deepen their engagement with select areas of study to prepare themselves for professional practice and further learning.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Pastoral Care:

  1. have advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in pastoral care, and of the relation of pastoral care to broader theological studies
  2. have mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical skills applicable to pastoral care
  3. have advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of approaches and methodologies in pastoral care, with awareness of implications and application to contemporary issues in professional ministry, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning
  4. articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in pastoral care to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  5. apply relevant skills in pastoral care through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.
Follow on study


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 Master of Pastoral Care consists of 288 points comprised of:

  • 96 points of Oistgradyate Foundational units comprised of:
    i) 48 points in the discipline of Biblical Studies;
    ii) 24 points in the discipline of Systematic Theology;
    iii) 24 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  • 96 points of Postgraduate Elective units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  • 48 points of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies units at postgraduate level
  • Either a Capstone unit of at least 24 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies or in synthesis with it, or the unit RQ9748M Minor Thesis
  • Further units at postgraduate level.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Masters gown


Black trencher



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.