Postgraduate CPE programs with SCD Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (leading to a specialisation in Chaplaincy) is a graduate study program. The study program enables students to integrate their vocation with their faith by allowing them to pursue a postgraduate qualification in chaplaincy. In the context of the NSW College of CPE, the MA (leading to a specialisation in Chaplaincy) program fills a long felt need by many full and part time professional chaplains in hospitals, prisons, schools, industry and the defence forces. It is anticipated that some units of this program will attract clergy and theological students and parish pastoral care convenors because of the specialised focus and emphasis.

What do I need to do to apply for admission?

1.Do you have a Bachelor of Theology? Students with a BTh can apply for admission into the Master of Arts program.

2. If you don't have a Bachelor of Theology, have you completed an undergraduate award? If yes, then you can apply for admission into the Graduate Certificate Arts. Once you have completed the Grad Cert. Arts you can apply for admission into the Master of Arts program.

3. If you don’t have an undergraduate award, have you completed three years post-school education, such as a Diploma of Teaching (UG2) or Nurses Training? If so, then you can also enrol in the Grad Cert. Arts, see point 2.

4. If you don’t fit the above categories, have you worked in Chaplaincy or the Pastoral Field for at least 5 years (full time equivalent) and held positions of responsibility? If so then you may apply for admission into the GradCertA and request Professional Entry. You will need to provide evidence of your professional background and letters of support from senior members of your Faith Tradition. Acceptance into the GradCertA will be provisional. To progress to the MA all units must be passed and the completed Graduate Certificate in Arts must have a GPA of at least 2.0.

5.English proficiency: minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.0 in all bands of the test.

The SCD Master of Arts program (leading to a specialisation in Chaplaincy)

This program requires students to complete 108 credit points or 12 x nine credit point subjects. Each CPE Unit is 18 credit point subjects. This is half the course work for the MA or 54 credit points.

 

You will receive a Master of Arts with a specialisation in Chaplaincy. The naming of the specialisation only appears on your Transcript, not on the Testamur.

Students have between 3 to 4.5 years to complete the MA. In order to complete the MA you will need to undertake at least 6 subjects (including a Biblical studies and a Theology Subject) at one of the other SCD Member Institutes.

 

You may choose elective unit/s from other Member Institutions, your elective/s cannot be similar content to units you have already studied.

You may complete some of your study externally (not at one of the Member Institutes of the SCD), however you can only apply for credit up to a maximum of 50% of the program – 54 credit points.

 

All course units shall normally be taken from 8500 and 9600 series units.

 

Please also see https://scd.edu.au/courses/master-arts-ma/#entry 

MA specialisation in Chaplaincy (Core Units).

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
* Students to select one Introductory Biblical Studies unit 9
* Students to select one Introductory Theology unit 9
P8165 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 18
P8166 Clinical Pastoral Education 2 18
P9267 Clinical Pastoral Education 3 18
X8190 Research Methodology 9

X9295 or

X9298 or

X9296

Research Project or Research Essay 18
  Elective 9
  TOTAL: 108

Applicants who have a Bachelor of Theology may apply to have the requirement for the Biblical and Theology Studies Core units waived. They would still need to complete a further 18 credit points – but these would be electives. So their total electives would be 27 credit points in the program.

The SCD Graduate Certificate in Arts

This program requires students to complete 36 credit points. One unit of CPE is equivalent to 18 credit points. Note: You can only do one CPE unit as part of the GradCertA. This certificate can be used for admission into the MA.

 

 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
* Students to select one Introductory Theology unit 9
* Students to select one Introductory Biblical Studies unit 9
P8165 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 18
  TOTAL: 36

* Applicants who have a Bachelor of Theology may apply to have the requirement for the Biblical and Theology Studies Core units waived. They would still need to complete a further 18 credit points – but these would be electives.

The SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts

This program requires students to complete 72 credit points.

If you have completed the GradCertA and one CPE unit, you are able to do a second unit of CPE as part of the GradDipA. The remaining 54 credit points must be made up of units that are approved by the Registrar.

 

 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
* Students to select one Introductory Biblical Studies unit 9
* Students to select one Introductory Theology unit 9
P8165 Clinical Pastoral Education 1 18
P8166 Clinical Pastoral Education 2 18
P9267 Clinical Pastoral Education 3 18
  TOTAL: 72

* Applicants who have a Bachelor of Theology may apply to have the requirement for the Biblical and Theology Studies Core units waived. They would still need to complete a further 18 credit points – but these would be electives.

How do you apply for entry into an SCD program?

NSWCCPE follows the policies of the SCD for student admission and welfare. For admission into these programs you will need to fully complete the SCD’s Application for Admission form, please email the College Office (carolynccpe@outlook.com) and request an application form be sent to you.

 

Submit your application and supporting documents for review to the Registrar, if needed the Registrar will contact you for more information. Please make sure that you answer every question on the application form. All information is needed to process your application.

 

All supporting documentation must be certified, as indicated on the admission form. If you require Fee-help please advise the office and a form will be mailed to you.

What if I have already completed units of CPE but haven’t enrolled in the SCD program?

What are the fees?

The fee for each unit varies depending on the member institution delivering the unit. For these units a range is given for each fee amount.

 

 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points

2022 Fee

Fees vary between member institutions

P8165 Clinical Pastoral Education I 18 $3,300
P8166 Clinical Pastoral Education II 18 $3,300
P9267 Clinical Pastoral Education III 18 $3,300
  Introductory Biblical Studies unit 9 From $1980 to $2590
  Introductory Theology 9 From $1980 to $2590
XB500 Research Methodology 9 $2590
X9692 or X9696 Research Project or Research Essay 18 From $2890 - $4980

 

The fee for each additional elective ranges from $1400 - $2590 depending on the unit chosen and the member institute delivering the course.

Do you require assistance in paying your fees?

As the 3 CPE Units are only half the course work for the MA what other subjects can you do?

How do you apply for entry into an SCD program?

 

NSWCCPE follows the policies of the SCD for student admission and welfare. For admission into these programs you will need to fully complete the SCD’s Application for Admission form, please email the College Office (carolynccpe@outlook.com) and request an application form be sent to you.

 

Submit your application and supporting documents for review to the Registrar, if needed the Registrar will contact you for more information. Please make sure that you answer every question on the application form. All information is needed to process your application.

 

All supporting documentation must be certified, as indicated on the admission form. If you require Fee-help please advise the office and a form will be mailed to you.

What if I have already completed units of CPE but haven’t enrolled in the SCD program?

You can apply for admission into the SCD program through NSWCCPE and pay the difference between the award and non-award fees for each CPE Unit completed. The upgrade fee for each unit is $1,515.  Your CPE units will then be recorded on your transcript, though they cannot be back dated to the semester in which they were completed.  You will receive a Satisfactory/ Not Satisfactory grade on your Academic Transcript. The Units will be entered following your admission into the program. 

What are the fees?

The fee for each unit varies depending on the member institution delivering the unit. For these units a range is given for each fee amount.

 

 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points

2022 Fee

Fees vary between member institutions

P8165 Clinical Pastoral Education I 18 $3,300
P8166 Clinical Pastoral Education II 18 $3,300
P9267 Clinical Pastoral Education III 18 $3,300
  Introductory Biblical Studies unit 9 From $1980 to $2590
  Introductory Theology 9 From $1980 to $2590
XB500 Research Methodology 9 $2590
X9692 or X9696 Research Project or Research Essay 18 From $2890 - $4980

 

The fee for each additional elective ranges from $1400 - $2590 depending on the unit chosen and the member institute delivering the course.

Do you require assistance in paying your fees?

The Commonwealth government through its scheme called Fee-help offers an interest free loan to post-graduate students.  Students must apply for admission into an SCD program prior to commencing the unit of study, as well as submit a Fee-help request form.

Students studying in undergraduate programs may access Fee-help but this loan does incur interest if not paid within the required timeframes.

Students are encouraged to check the Commonwealth Government web site for more details concerning Fee-help as there were changes effective  from 1 January, 2019. www.studyassist.gov.au

As the 3 CPE Units are only half the course work for the MA what other subjects can you do?

We encourage you to

  • Check the semester timetables of the other SCD Member Institutes that you would be interested in attending. Your further study may be based on the Denomination of the College, upon its location or the subject that interests you.  Timetables can be accessed from each MIs web page.  Links to MIs web pages can be accessed from the Sydney College of Divinity Web page - scd.edu.au

  • Choose a subject that will enhance your current knowledge and skills and that will round out your education for chaplaincy. Subjects could include Biblical studies, Theological studies, Ethics, Liturgy, and Pastoral Theology and Practice.

You may also do studies outside of the SCD.  Check with the NSWCCPE College Registrar that your subject choice fits the program and is at the correct level.  Once you have completed a subject you need to send a copy of your official transcript to the NSWCCPE Registrar and apply for credit into your SCD program.  Up to a maximum of 25% of studies can be done externally.

Outcomes

Completion of the Graduate Certificate (concentration in chaplaincy) should enable students to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the foundational issues of Biblical Studies and Theology
  • Display basic interpersonal skills in active listening
  • Display basic empathic responses
  • Discover and articulate ways of communicating theological truth to people faced with a crisis of their health or the health of a loved one.
  • Gain an understanding of the chaplain’s or pastor’s role within a health care setting or other approved ministry placement setting
    Become aware of self as chaplain and the ways that their ministry affects others
  • Use the action/reflection model as a method of self-evaluating their relationships in ministry
  • Develop the ability to assess pastoral needs, taking into consideration differences in culture, spirituality, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds and psychological and emotional expressions
  • Value the need for theological reflection in pastoral situations
  • Appreciate the need for a code of ethics
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of expected ethical behaviour
  • Value the need for confidentiality between the chaplain and patient/client

Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Arts (leading to a specialisation in Chaplaincy) should enable students to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the foundational issues of Biblical Studies and Theology
  • Display advanced interpersonal skills in active listening
  • Display improved empathic responses
  • Discover and articulate more effective ways of communicating theological truth to people faced with a crisis of their health or the health of a loved one
  • Gain a better understanding of the chaplain’s or pastor’s role within a health care setting or other approved ministry placement setting
  • Become more aware of self as chaplain and of the ways that their ministry affects others
  • Use and appreciate the action/reflection model as a method of self-evaluating their
  • relationships in ministry
  • Develop and value the ability to assess pastoral needs, taking into consideration differences in culture, spirituality, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds and psychological and emotional expressions
  • Highly value the need for theological reflection in pastoral situations
  • Appreciate highly the need for a code of ethics
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of expected ethical behaviour
  • Highly value the need for confidentiality between chaplain and patient/client

Completion of the Master of Arts (leading to a specialisation in Chaplaincy) should enable students to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the foundational issues of Biblical Studies and Theology
  • Display advanced interpersonal skills in active listening
  • Display advanced empathic responses
  • Discover and articulate more effective ways of communicating theological truth to people faced with a crisis of their health or the health of a loved one
  • Gain a much clearer understanding of the chaplain’s or pastor’s role within a health care setting or other approved ministry placement setting
  • Become much more aware of self as chaplain and of the ways that their ministry affects others
  • Use, appreciate and highly value the action/reflection model as a method of self-evaluating their relationships in ministry
  • Develop and highly value the ability to assess pastoral needs, taking into consideration differences in culture, spirituality, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds and psychological and emotional expressions
  • Highly value the need for critical theological reflection in pastoral situations
  • Appreciate highly the need for a code of ethics
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of expected ethical behaviour
  • Highly value the need for confidentiality between chaplain and patient/client

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