Graduate Certificate in Spirituality

Summary information

Course title

Graduate Certificate in Spirituality





Colleges where it can be studied

  • Eva Burrows College
  • Jesuit College of Spirituality
  • Pilgrim Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Whitley College

Overseas students


AQF level

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

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


The GCSp is one semester full-time or up to three semesters full-time.

Cost of study

The GCSp requires completion of 3 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2018 are $2,400 per unit or $7,200 for a full-time semester (3 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 Certificate in Spirituality allows students to understand personal spiritual experience through introductory study of themes and approaches in Christian spirituality.  It serves as a foundation for further study in spirituality or spiritual direction. Graduates are able to articulate insights for Christian practice and identity.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Spirituality:

  1. have engaged with personal spiritual experience in light of foundational themes and approaches in spirituality and / or spiritual direction;
  2. have knowledge of the dynamics of the spiritual life through reflection on personal experience, integrated with foundational themes and approaches in spirituality and / or spiritual direction;
  3. apply the insights of Christian spirituality to understanding life, work and community.

Follow on study


Admission dates

Admissions for first semester 2018 close on Friday 16 February 2018.
Admissions for second semester 2018 close on Friday 20 July 2018.

Admission criteria

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

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate in Spirituality consists of 45 points comprised of one of the following programs.

Program 1: Candidates must complete either DS9201W The Art of Contemplative Practice or DS9108F The Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises, and a further 30 points in the discipline of Spirituality or Spiritual Direction.

Program 2: Candidates must complete the unit DS9000P or DS9009P Fullness of Life: Spirituality in Christian Tradition and 30 points selected from the following units:

  • DS8010P Early Monastic Wisdom: The Desert and the City
  • DS9300P Medieval Monastic Wisdom
  • DS8400P Lent and Easter: Forty Days and Fifty Days
  • DS8405P Prayer and Hospitality: Benedictine Spirituality in Australia
  • DS9030P The Wisdom of St Benedict: The Rule and its Sources

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown


Black trencher



Where to get further information

Enquiry information

  • 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 your course.