Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision (GradDipProfSupervision) is an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma. It focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in religious and/or, non-profit and/or, community-focused enterprises. The award requires the completion of four units (36 credit points) which includes two compulsory units.

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision may be ideal for you, if

  • you have a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision qualification
  • you may be working for a denominational organisation in education, welfare, aged care, local church or another ministry
  • you require specific leadership training for ministry or mission


Entry requirements

An applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision shall:

  • hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
  • hold, from a university or other tertiary institution, qualifications approved by the Student Support and Administration Committee as equivalent to such an award.

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally will be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.


Full-time student : 1 year (2 semester)

Part-time student : up to 3 years (6 semesters)

A student is designated as a full-time if enrolled in three units (27 cps) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 cps) per semester.


The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision award requires students to complete four units (36 cps) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.

The four units (36 cps) shall include:

  • two compulsory units* (18 cps):
    • C8549 Human Sexuality in Helping Professions
    • P9689 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision

* If either of the two compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision they are to be replaced with one or two elective units respectively 

  • one unit (27 cps) from the Counselling sub discipline on the list of SCD Schedule of Units.
  • one unit (9 cps) focused on research into supervisory practice in the context of a place of work, ministry or mission through a capstone unit, research project, research essay, or action research project.

The course must include at least one 9600-series unit.

Units from the entry Graduate Certificate if equivalent, to units required for the award will be included in the forming of a specialisation (54 cps) within the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision.

Students who have previously studied an SCD course may not enrol in units with content similar to those covered in their previous studies.

Credit and Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

A student may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cps in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision but not the compulsory units.

Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing SCD units.

Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.


Graduates will have added particular knowledge and skills in leadership to their theological education to enhance their work in the religious sector:


Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of professional supervision to aid in the development of high quality, ethical and safe practitioners in ministry, community work and allied people helping professions.
  • an advanced and integrated understanding of the principles of inquiry and methods applicable to supervision theory and their application to real-world professional practice.


Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in leadership within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex problems, concepts and theories information to complete a range of activities associated with supervision in a ministry related context;
  • research and apply established theories to provide solutions to complex problems to guide the effective supervision of employees or volunteers in a religious, non-profit, community organisation;
  • interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility assume and effective supervisors in religious, non-profit, and/or community-focused enterprises;
  • plan and execute a substantial research or field-based project in an area of work-based supervisory practice.

Fee information

Fees are determined by the colleges that teach our awards. Contact the college registrar to find out the actual fees and related costs.

As a student enrolling with an approved higher education provider, you may be eligible for a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees. A FEE-HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops or text books. If you are applying for FEE-HELP, it is important that you include the information on your admission form.


The registrar at your enrolling college is the person to guide you with the admission process. Contact the registrar to have a chat about the course or browse the college website to access application information and forms.

Completed admission forms are submitted directly to the college you are enrolling in. You may need to provide some supporting documentation including certified copies (signed by a JP or other authorised person) of:

  • 100 points of ID (usually a passport/birth certificate and driver’s licence);
  • Transcripts from previous study;
  • Change of name documentation and/or the results of an IELTS test if relevant.

The registrar will inform you of any additional documentation that is required.