Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction

University of Divinity

Course details

CRICOS course code: 080411G

Level of study: Postgraduate

Summary

The Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction provides formation for the ministry of spiritual direction. Students explore the dynamics of Christian spirituality through reflection on their personal experience and integration of this with insights from the literature. Graduates are equipped for the ministry of spiritual direction in the particular tradition.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction:

  • Have knowledge of the history, theory, content and dynamics of the Christian spirituality;
  • Have knowledge of the art of spiritual direction, including the necessary dispositions of the spiritual director and key skills required;
  • Apply skills of spiritual direction under supervision;
  • Apply skills of spiritual direction within a range of contexts including retreats.

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction consists of 144 points comprised of one of the following programs:

Program 1: Wellspring

Candidates must complete the units:

a) DS9201W Art of Contemplative Practice

b) DD8202W Art of Spiritual Direction I

c) DD8203W Art of Spiritual Direction II

d) A further 24 points.

Program 2: Ignatian

Candidates must complete the units:

a) Either DS8051J/DS8059J My Experience of the Spiritual Exercises or DS9061J/DS9069J Relational Psychodynamics

b) DD8221J/DD8229J Spiritual Exercises: Theory 1

c) DD8231J/DD8239J Spiritual Exercises: Theory 2

d) DD8241J Spiritual Exercises: Practice A

e) DD8251J Spiritual Exercises: Practice B

f) A further 24 points of elective study

Program 3: Siloam

Candidates must complete the units:

a) Either DD8701Y: Religious Experience and the Christian Spiritual Tradition I (Full-time) or DD8711Y: Religious Experience and the Christian Spiritual Tradition I (Part-time)

b) Either DD8703Y: Personal Awareness and Human Development I (Full-time) or

DD8713Y: Personal Awareness and Human Development I (Part-time)

c) Either DD8705Y: Spiritual Direction Practicum I (Full-time) or

DD8715Y: Spiritual Direction Practicum I (Part-time)

The three units above must be completed concurrently.

d) Either DD8702Y: Religious Experience and the Christian Spiritual Tradition II (Full-time) or DD8712Y: Religious Experience and the Christian Spiritual Tradition II (Part-time)

e) Either DD8704Y: Personal Awareness and Human Development II (Full-time) or

DD8714Y: Personal Awareness and Human Development II (Part-time)

f) Either DD8706Y: Spiritual Direction Practicum II (Full-time) or DD8716Y: Spiritual Direction Practicum II (Part-time)

The three units above must be completed concurrently.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
16,392 Per Year
Read more2,732 per standard unit; Application fee: 300
27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time
Yarra Theological Union
98 Albion Road
Melbourne Victoria 3128
Australia
16,392 Per Year
Read more2,732 per standard unit; Application fee: 300
27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time
Whitley College
50 The Avenue
Melbourne Victoria 3052
Australia
16,392 Per Year
Read more2,732 per standard unit; Application fee: 300
27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
1 year
Self study / online (with attendance)
Whitley College
50 The Avenue
Melbourne Victoria 3052
Australia
16,392 Per Year
Read more2,732 per standard unit; Application fee: 300
27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
1 year
Self study / online (with attendance)
Yarra Theological Union
98 Albion Road
Melbourne Victoria 3128
Australia
16,392 Per Year
Read more2,732 per standard unit; Application fee: 300
27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
1 year
Read moreOne year full-time or up to three years part-time

Self study / online (without attendance)
University of Divinity
21 Highbury Grove
Melbourne Victoria 3101
Australia

Entry criteria

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

IELTS Academic: 6.5 with no band below 6.0; TOEFL Academic: 550 with a Test of Written English score of at least 4.5; TOEFL Internet: 79 including at least 21 (Writing), 12 (Listening), 13 (Reading), 18 (Speaking); PTE Academic: 58 with no communicative skill score below 50.

Address

University of Divinity
21 Highbury Grove
Melbourne Victoria 3101
Australia
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