Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies

Building on your experience in ageing and later life care.

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Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies

Our Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies builds on your experience in ageing and aged care. It will give you the skills and experience you need to make a real difference to people’s lives. You will be able to lead in the delivery of effective and sensitive pastoral care for elderly people, ensuring they receive the spiritual support they need across a wide range of settings.

The course is structured so you can apply your learning to your current work environment and areas of interest, with two streams available in Professional Practice and Research. The research stream of the Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies serves as a pathway to a higher degree by research.


We also offer a Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies.

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The Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies provides a comprehensive learning experience, delivered by leading experts in the fields of pastoral and spiritual care.

Our teaching cohort has wide-ranging industry links, so you gain knowledge about the whole discipline – through theory and practice.

This course is suitable for graduates from a variety of backgrounds in aged care (including health professionals, pastoral workers and ministers of religion). Our degree builds on your experience – the integrated approach to theory and practice allows you apply what you learn to your workplace. You will be able to plan, initiate and evaluate effective care plans to better meet the needs of those you care for.

The comprehensive curriculum enables you to apply advanced knowledge, skills and research to a range of residential and community aged care contexts – making you highly employable. The advanced skills learned in this degree will also mean you can move into management positions with confidence.

CSU offers flexibility, so you can study in a way that fits in with your life. We are the leading Australian university in the delivery of exceptional online learning.

With the ability to conduct customised research in an area of particular interest, the Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies can also be your pathway to a higher degree by research.

  • 1.5 years full-time
  • 3 years part-time

Online (Distance education)

Applicants for the Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies must meet the following admission requirements:

  • 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.

English Language Proficiency
Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to CSU’s website for the specific details on language requirements. This will apply to both domestic and international applicants. Offer may be conditional on ELP but applicants will be required to provide evidence of meeting these requirements before the start of studies.


  • THL445 Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
  • THL446 Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
  • THL451 Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life
  • GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
  • WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People


Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies and either

  • Professional practice (Option 1), OR
  • Research (Option 2)

Option 1 includes

  • 32 points from a list of restricted electives
  • Issues in Ageing: Project (16 points) (last session of study)

Option 2 includes

  • 16 points from a list of restricted subjects
  • Masters dissertation in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32 points)

Restricted electives

  • Pastoral Counselling Skills
  • Applied Pastoral Theology
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care in
  • Residential and Community Aged
  • Care Settings
  • Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
  • Mental Health Challenges for Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • Pastoral Practice in Ageing: Politics, Policy and Principles
  • Advanced Seminar in Chaplaincy

This course encourages students to seek practical experience and opportunities for hands-on learning in their relevant context. This course includes emphasis on group sharing and discussion through the online forum.

When you study a Masters of Ageing and Pastoral Studies, you will add significant value to your educational and work experience. For example, having a sound foundation in the theory and practice of ageing, spirituality and pastoral care will enhance your effectiveness and build capacity within your organisation.

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