Master of Arts (Pastoral Care)

Summary information

Course title

Master of Arts (Pastoral Care)






  • Catholic Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union

Overseas students


AQF level

Level 9 – Masters Degree

Study mode

  • Some units online
  • On campus

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time


Two years full-time or up to six years part-time.

Cost of study

The MA(PastCare) requires completion of 12 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2017 are $2286 per unit or $13716 for a full-time year (6 units).

Detailed information

What is this course about

The Master of Arts (Pastoral Care) enables students to acquire a deep and broad understanding of key themes and methodologies in pastoral care and to integrate knowledge of the field.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts (Pastoral Care) are able to demonstrate:

  1. a critical awareness of issues pertaining to the study of theology as an academic discipline;
  2. advanced skills in exegesis, historical and theological methodologies;
  3. creativity and initiative in integrating knowledge and skills in Pastoral Care with the various disciplines of theology, and apply them to new situations in professional ministry and/or further learning;
  4. the ability to communicate key ideas and apply problem-solving techniques at an advanced level especially with regard to Pastoral Care;
  5. the development of skills relevant to tertiary study in the humanities; to read, think, and interpret critically; to write coherently, with the ability to develop an argument drawing on a range of appropriate resources; to work cooperatively as part of a group; and to present information orally;
  6. skilled use of electronic databases, journals and other scholarly literature;
  7. the ability to plan and execute a substantial research essay, integrative essay, supervised project, or theological synthesis;
  8. highly developed skills in and mastery of the discipline of Pastoral Care.

Follow on study


Admission dates

Admissions for first semester 2017 close on Friday 17 February 2017.
Admissions for second semester 2017 close on Friday 21 July 2017.

Eligibility requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Master of Arts (Pastoral Care) consists of 180 points comprised of:

  1. 60 points of Foundational units comprised of: 30 points in the discipline of Biblical Studies; 15 points in the discipline of Systematic Theology; and15 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  2. 60 points of Elective units in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  3. 15 points of Elective units in any discipline
  4. One Capstone unit of at least 15 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies or in synthesis with it
  5. Further Foundational or Elective units to make a total of 180 points.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Masters gown


Black trencher


Stewart Blue


Enquiry information