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Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction

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About This Course

Do you have a heart for accompanying others in their spiritual walk?

In a fast-paced and consumerist culture, people of all walks are hungering for a grounded spiritual journey. Spiritual direction is an ancient practice where through hospitable conversation, one person helps another discern and respond to God’s presence in the sacred stories of daily life. Grounded in the Christian tradition, Tabor’s Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction forms people for this ministry.

Our course focuses on the formation of the whole person. It enables ongoing reflection upon the student’s human development, growth in contemplative living, and calling to this ministry. It provides an advanced understanding of the nature and practice of spiritual direction. And it develops competency in deep listening to foster attentiveness and courageous response to God’s invitations.

Our approach to learning is contemplative and experiential. We engage with the best of contemporary scholarship in spiritual direction studies, and provide safe hands-on learning through quality supervision and peer participation.

The Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction provides excellent vocational grounding as a stand alone course, and may also serve as a bridge into further coursework programs, such as the Master of Ministry.

Read Rachael’s experience of the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction.

Professional Outcomes

Graduates may seek employment as spiritual directors both within and outside of the church. The award provides the necessary academic grounding for people to start their own spiritual direction ministry (recognising that such academic qualifications need to be supplemented by significant life experience, spiritual maturity, ongoing supervision and professional development for individuals to function as effective directors).

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Course Structure


Subject Totals






  • Theological Reflection
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Introduction to Spiritual Direction
  • Formation for Spiritual Direction A
  • Formation for Spiritual Direction B
  • Formation for Spiritual Direction C

Introduction to Spiritual Direction, and Formation A, B and C must all be completed on campus.

  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2

Options vary and are subject to availability.

Where can I study?

You can study on-campus and partially online.
Adelaide – Millswood SA

Offered partially online

How long does it take?

4 years (48 months) full-time or part-time equivalent (completion at the end of Term 3, Year 4).

What do I need for entry?

Successful completion of a 3-year Bachelor’s degree in ministry, theology, or equivalent, and receiving spiritual direction for at least 1 year prior to application


Successful completion of 8 subjects in ministry/theology (eg. Diploma in Theology, Graduate Diploma in Divinity or equivalent) and receiving spiritual direction for at least 2 years prior to application


Successful Recognition of Professional Experience (RPE) application package, and receiving spiritual direction for at least 1 year prior to application (contact us for more information on this option)

Discernment Requirements – The application process requires all students to submit a personal essay, provide referees, and undertake an entrance interview, which together will help assess their personal/spiritual/experiential readiness for the course.

Tabor has entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Listen Into Life and Soul Journey Companions Spiritual Direction Formation programs, run by Barnabas Ministries (ACT, NSW). Graduates of these programs who meet admission criteria are eligible to receive RPL for up to half of the GDSD. For more information, please contact the Head of Spiritual Direction, Russell Bartlett ( Click below for Barnabas Ministries website.
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How much does it cost?

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fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information

Tabor: TM814S
SATAC: Not applicable

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Faculty of Ministry, Theology and Culture
Phone: 1300 482 267