Master of Professional Supervision

About this course

The Master of Professional Supervision (MProfSupervision) is an AQF Level 9 Master. The course is designed for those possessing an AQF 8 Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision who wish to pursue a further qualification in the area of supervisory practice as part of their continuing education.

The Master of Professional Supervision focuses on building supervisory leadership capacity for people involved in a wide scope of religious and/or, non-profit and/or, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

This award is not approved for CRICOS study.

Course Details

Admission to the Master of Professional Supervision requires:

  • Satisfactory completion of an AQF Level 8 award Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision.


English Proficiency

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) overall score of at least 7.0 with no subtest below 7.0.

The Master of Professional Supervision degree requires candidates to complete 8 units (72 credit points) from 8100 and 9200 series units in the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units of Study.


The eight units (72 cps) will include:

  • two compulsory units (18 credit points):If compulsory units have been completed in the award used for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision, they are to be replaced with one or two appropriate elective units.
    • C8102 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
    • P9278 Advanced Skills in Professional Supervision


  • three units (27 credit points) in the sub-discipline of Counselling;


  • one unit (9 or 18 credit points) focused on research into supervisory practice in the context of the candidate’s place of work, ministry or mission through a capstone unit, research project, research essay, or action research project;


  • elective units from the 8100 and 9200 series in the Sydney College of Divinity Schedule of Units to complete the 72 credit points required for the award.

Graduates will have:

  • 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 supervisory 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 as 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.

A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 36 credit points in the Master of Professional Supervision.


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

This award is not approved for CRICOS study.
The Master 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 student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or the equivalent in trimesters. Sydney College of Divinity offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering Sydney College of Divinity awards, whilst enrolled with one college.


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