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 provides training in professional counselling theory and practice, integrated within a theological framework. This course enables you to develop 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


64 points (8 x 8 point subjects)


  • Pastoral care and counselling

Standard entry requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in theology, psychology or equivalent
  • Or if no degree a letter of motivation and 2 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
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years

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