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Ageing and Pastoral Studies

18 months
20800 AUD/year
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The Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies from Charles Sturt University will give you the skills and experience you need to make a real difference in people's lives, ensuring they are offered spiritual support in a wide range of settings.  


Charles Sturt University's Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies is suitable for graduates from diverse backgrounds in aged care, including health professionals, pastoral workers and ministers of religion. It offers an integrated approach to theory and practice, allowing you apply what you learn to your workplace, or as a volunteer.

This degree provides a comprehensive learning experience. You'll develop the pastoral care skills to assess and plan for the spiritual needs of those you care for. You'll be prepared to apply advanced knowledge, skills and research in diverse residential, community aged care and pastoral contexts.  

Our teaching staff are leading experts in the fields of pastoral and spiritual care, and they have wide-ranging industry links so you gain theoretical and practical knowledge about the entire discipline.

This pastoral studies degree is delivered online so you can study when and where suits you best. You'll have opportunities to contribute in online forums, where you will connect with a dedicated, diverse student group.

Career opportunities

Charles Sturt University's Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies gives you the expertise to work, or enhance your performance, in a number of different roles, including pastoral carer, director of mission, chaplain in aged care, spiritual care practitioner, seniors minister and pastoral care coordinator.

The advanced skills you acquire in this degree will also ensure you can move into management positions with confidence.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
  • Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life
  •  Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds 
  • Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People
  • Pastoral Counselling Skills 
  • Applied Pastoral Theology
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Residential and Community Aged Care Settings
  • Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
  • Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies
  • Mental Health Challenges for Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • Pastoral Practice in Ageing: Politics, Policy and Principles

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


96 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS 00005F 

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in either Theology, Social Work, Psychology, or equivalent; or
  • Successful completion of the CSU Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies, or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20800 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • Domestic students: Commonwealth supported place


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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