The Graduate Diploma in Spirituality allows students to explore their own spiritual experience in light of theological scholarship in spirituality. It provides a substantial foundation for further study. Graduates are able to articulate insights for Christian practice and identity.
The Graduate Diploma in Spirituality does not equip a student to become a spiritual director. Those wishing to prepare for the ministry of spiritual direction should explore the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction, details of which can be found on our Courses page.
Why study the Graduate Diploma in Spirituality?
The study of spirituality as an academic discipline has been increasing in schools of divinity over the last decade or so. There is an increasing recognition of the importance of spirituality among the theological disciplines, not only because of its popularity among students and scholars, but because of they way in which it promises to be a truly interdisciplinary field of theological scholarship in dialogue with some of the central concerns of our time.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Spirituality:
- have engaged with personal spiritual experience in light of key themes and approaches in spirituality;
- have skills and capacities in research, reflection and communication of key themes and approaches in spirituality;
- have knowledge of the dynamics of the spiritual life through reflection on personal spiritual experience, integrated with key themes and approaches in spirituality;
- apply key themes and approaches in Christian spirituality to understanding life, work and community.
Where does the Graduate Diploma in Spirituality lead?
Graduates of the course may apply to be accepted into the University of Divinity Master of Arts degree. The Master of Arts is offered in two modes, namely Coursework and Research:
- Master of Arts (Spirituality) is a coursework degree than can be undertaken either as six postgraduate coursework units or as four postgraduate units plus 12,000-word research essay.
- Master of Arts by Research consists of two postgraduate units plus 25,000-word minor research thesis.
The research mode requires applicants to have completed a 12,000-word essay of Distinction standard, demonstrating capacity for research. (If such an essay has not been taken elsewhere, it may be included in the Graduate Diploma of Spirituality as the elective unit).
What is involved to complete the Graduate Diploma in Spirituality?
The Graduate Diploma in Spirituality consists of 90 points comprised of 60 points in the discipline of Spirituality and a further 30 points. There is no provision for distance learning in this program.
Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction is open to any applicant who:
- has successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.
JCS recommends that a student wishing to apply for the Graduate Diploma in Spirituality:
- explore units in spirituality offered in the various Colleges of the University of Divinity;
- then choose which RTI in which to formally enrol and discuss his or her academic program with the Dean of the RTI in which most of the units will be studied.
NB: A student may taken units at any of the Colleges of the University of Divinity.
Graduate Diploma in Spirituality is open to any applicant who:
- has completed a degree in theology, or has graduated from an Australian University (or its overseas equivalent) with equivalent qualifications to a theological degree.