Master of Spirituality

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

  • If residing in Australia the student will be classified as ‘On-Shore’. The student will require a visa to study.
  • If residing overseas the student will be classified as ‘Off-Shore’. The student does not require a visa to study.

Student Visa 500

  • A visa granted to non-Australian/New Zealand citizens residing and studying in Australia full-time.
  • Course of study must be CRICOS registered.
  • Cannot study more than 1/3 of course online.

Overview

The Master of Spirituality enables students to acquire advanced understanding of the theological and spiritual foundations of spirituality, spiritual practice and spiritual growth, and to apply this knowledge of spiritual principles to individual and community life in the Christian tradition.

Course outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Spirituality:

  1. have advanced knowledge of the theological and spiritual foundations of spirituality, spiritual practice and spiritual growth in the Christian tradition, and of the relation of these to broader theological studies
  2. have mastery of skills to reflect critically on personal 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 spirituality
  4. apply knowledge of themes, traditions and approaches in spirituality with creativity and initiative to professional practice and further learning
  5. apply relevant theological and hermeneutical skills through the execution of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience or piece of scholarship.

Course structure

The Master of Spirituality consists of 288 points comprised of:

  • 96 points of Postgraduate Foundational units in three disciplines from at least two fields including 48 points in the discipline of Spirituality or Spiritual Direction
  • 96 points of Postgraduate Elective units in the discipline of Spirituality or Spiritual Direction
  • 24 points of Postgraduate Elective units in any discipline
  • Either a Capstone unit of at least 24 points in the discipline of Spirituality or in synthesis with it, or the unit RQ9748M Minor Thesis
  • Further units at postgraduate level

Provided that at least 192 points are taken in the discipline of Spirituality or Spiritual Direction.

Colleges where this course is available

  • Catholic Theological College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Pilgrim Theological College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • Stirling Theological College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Mulgrave VIC
  • Whitley College
    Classroom, Online, Mixed modes
    Parkville VIC
  • Catholic Theological College
    Online mode
    East Melbourne VIC
  • Pilgrim Theological College
    Online mode
    Parkville 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 Spirituality is two years. The Master of Spirituality 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 Spirituality 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.

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