The Arrupe® Program and qualifications other than the ACU Master of Spiritual Direction, or Grad Dip Spiritual Direction
We acknowledge that prospective students may have completed spiritual direction programs in institutions other than ACU, either in Australia or overseas. Prospective students who hold professional qualifications in spiritual direction will be assessed on an individual basis. The amount of supplementary studies they will be required to complete will be determined by the extent and level of studies they have already completed in theology and Ignatian spirituality.
If an applicant has minimal qualifications and experience in Ignatian spirituality, they will be required to enrol in a Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies at ACU prior to admission into the Arrupe Program. They will be required to complete the following units:
- Spiritual Exercises Theory A & B (THSP504 & THSP505)
- Praxis A (THSP506) and Ignatian Discernment (THSP509).*
*Note: in circumstances where any of the above units are not available in a given year, another unit may be suggested as a replacement unit (for example, the double unit Praxis B – THSP507).
The Arrupe® Program is independent of the academic award.