Summary information

Postnominals

MSD

Colleges where it can be studied
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Whitley College
CRICOS code

096385F

Overseas students

Yes

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
Duration

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

Cost of study

The Master of Spiritual Direction requires completion of 12 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2021 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 Spiritual Direction enables students to acquire advanced knowledge of the theological and scriptural foundations of approaches to spiritual direction in the Christian tradition, and to apply this knowledge in professional practice.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Spiritual Direction:

  1. have advanced knowledge of the theological and spiritual foundations of approaches to spiritual direction in the Christian tradition, and of the relation of the discipline to broader theological studies
  2. have mastery of skills to reflect critically on giving guidance to an individual’s spiritual experience in the light of key themes, traditions and approaches in spirituality
  3. have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions and professional decisions about themes, traditions and approaches in spiritual direction
  4. apply knowledge of themes, traditions and approaches in spiritual direction with creativity and initiative to professional practice and for further learning
  5. apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.
Follow on study

Admission

Admission dates
  • Admissions for first semester 2021 close on Friday 12 February 2021.
  • Admissions for second semester 2021 close on Friday 16 July 2021.
Admission criteria

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

How to Apply

Course structure

The Master of Spiritual Direction consists of 288 points comprised of:

  • 96 points of Postgraduate Foundational units in the discipline of Spiritual Direction
  • 24 points of Postgraduate Foundational units in the discipline of Biblical Studies
  • 24 points of Postgraduate Foundational units in the discipline of Systematic Theology or in the discipline of Church History
  • 96 points of Postgraduate Elective units in the disciplines of Spiritual Direction, Spirituality and Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  • Either one Capstone unit of at least 24 points in Spiritual Direction or the unit RQ9748M Minor Thesis
  • Further units at the postgraduate level in the disciplines of Spiritual Direction and Spirituality.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Masters gown

Headwear

Black trencher

Hood

Gold

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.