Charles Sturt University

Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling

Charles Sturt University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00005F

The Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling from Charles Sturt University provides training in professional counselling theory and practice, integrated within a theological framework. This pastoral studies course gives you the skills and experience to offer counselling and advanced pastoral care across a wide range of settings.

Designed for

Those seeking work in settings such as pastoral and clinical counselling practise, church and community work, and lay or ordained ministry


To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.


  • Pastoral Counselling

Standard entry requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling must meet the following Admission Requirements:Applicants should hold an undergraduate degree (or AQF) equivalent in theology, psychology or Australian Qualifications Framework. Applicants with degrees in any other disciplines are encouraged to apply. OR Applicants without an undergraduate degree may be considered, with evidence that they are able to undertake tertiary studies in this area (such as a letter of motivation and two professional or academic references).

Study pathways

The Master, the Graduate Diploma and the Graduate Certificate make up an articulated set of courses and credit is given in each higher level course for the subjects completed in the lower. Students may choose to exit with the award Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counselling after the completion of 4 subjects.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online Yes
  • Full-time : 1 year

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