Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care

Summary information

Course title

Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care





Colleges where it can be studied

  • Catholic Theological College
  • Eva Burrows College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union

Overseas students


AQF level

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

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


One year full-time or up to three years part-time.

Cost of study

The GDPC requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2018 are $2,400 per unit or $14,400 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 Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care provides students with the opportunity and skills for reflective and critical engagement in the conversation between the texts of human experience, contemporary culture, ministry or service or wider societal context, and Christian scriptures and tradition. The purpose of this engagement is to encourage the development of relevant, flexible strategies for effective pastoral mission and practice in partnership with all those who seek to serve the world through individual or systemic practice.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care:

  1. have knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required for theological engagement and articulate the nature of practical theology as a method of biblical and theological inquiry;
  2. apply  their own experience and practice (personal or professional) to social and behavioural sciences and / or cultural studies and offer an integration of these with the Christian tradition;
  3. have skills to explore issues of Christian identity, personal vocation and self-understanding through the methods and practices of theological reflection and dialogical engagement with their ministry and mission context;
  4. apply advanced pastoral helping skills with a developed capacity to engage in the processes of theological reflection.

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. An applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care must have successfully completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education prior to admission.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care consists of 90 points comprised of:

  • 30 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  • a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education worth 30 points
  • a further 30 points.

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.