Master of Pastoral Care

Overseas student type

You are an overseas student if you are:

  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia,
  • a permanent resident (visa status) of New Zealand, or
  • a resident or citizen of any other country.

Conditions of study for this course

This course is available to overseas students residing in Australia and overseas students studying overseas.

  • If residing in Australia, you will require a visa that allows study and note any conditions specified.  These visas include;
      • You cannot study more than 1/3 of this course online.
  • If residing overseas, you will not require a visa to study this course.

Overview

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 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.

Course structure

The Master of Pastoral Care consists of 288 points comprised of:

  • 96 points of Postgraduate 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.

Colleges where this course is available

  • Catholic Theological College

    Catholic Theological College

    Roman Catholic
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Stirling Theological College

    Stirling Theological College

    Churches of Christ
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Mulgrave VIC
  • Whitley College

    Whitley College

    Baptist
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union

    Yarra Theological Union

    Roman Catholic
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Box Hill VIC
  • Catholic Theological College
    Online mode
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Stirling Theological College
    Online mode
    Mulgrave VIC
  • Whitley College
    Online mode
    Parkville VIC
  • Yarra Theological Union
    Online mode
    Box Hill VIC

    Duration

    The standard full-time duration of the Master of Pastoral Care is two years. The Master of Pastoral Care must be completed in not less than two years and not more than six years from the date on which the course is commenced.

    Standard full-time 2 years
    Maximum part-time 6 years

    Admission criteria

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

    Fee summary

    The Master of Pastoral Care requires completion of 12 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2022 are $2,732 per standard unit or $16,392 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.

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