Graduate Diploma of Pastoral Counselling

Charles Sturt University

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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $14,400
International: $35,200

Entry Requirements:

Undergraduate degree in theology, psychology or equivalent; or if no degree a letter of motivation and 2 professional or academic references


64 points (8 x 8 point subjects)

Subjects you can Study:

Pastoral care and counselling

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.

Who for:

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

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00005F

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Distance Education No info Yes Online 2 years

What are we most proud of?

CSU is the university with Australia’s highest graduate employment rate. Our graduates also have one of the highest starting salaries in Australia.*

That isn’t by accident

At CSU, we pack our courses full of hands-on learning in our world-class facilities. We focus all our energy on getting you ready for the job you want, as we believe that having a job you love is the key to living a full and happy life. You benefit, your family benefits and our communities benefit. 


It’s a word that means a lot to us. What is your education worth? What is getting a job that fulfils you worth? What is being able to study while working worth? What is being able to gain the same qualification whether you’re living in major city or a tiny town worth? 

To us – everything

CSU’s ethos is ‘Yindyamarra Winhanganha’, a Wiradjuri phrase meaning ‘the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in’. It’s this wisdom that we strive to achieve every day for our students, our communities and ourselves. 

Insightful, inclusive, impactful and inspiring

These are our values, derived from our ethos. We believe that by working together, with these values as our guide, we can make this a world worth living in. And we think that something as simple as helping you get the job of your dreams is a good place to start.

*Australian University Ratings and Rankings 2017/2018, The Good Universities Guide. 

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