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 which includes two compulsory units.

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

  • you have an AQF Level 8 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


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6 months full-time or 2 years part-time


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An applicant for admission to candidature for 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.

Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Sydney College of Divinity Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.

In exceptional cases an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.

No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution, unless approval has been granted by the Sydney College of Divinity Academic Board.

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.

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 4 units(36 credit points) from 8500 and 9600 series units in the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) schedule of units of study.

The four units 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 (9 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.

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

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.

Credit and Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

A candidate 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.


The Graduate Diploma of Professional Supervision is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.

A domestic Sydney College of Divinity student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

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