M.A. in Interfaith Chaplaincy
The M.A. in Interfaith Chaplaincy is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to become scholar-practitioners in chaplaincy, educated according to the highest standards and prepared to seek professional certification. Given the frequency with which today's chaplains are required to engage religious diversity interpersonally and programmatically, it is the purpose of this program to offer an education with two intertwining aspects: a lively and maturing engagement with one's own tradition, and a well-informed and caringly-embodied knowledge of religious diversity and interfaith encounter.
The M.A. Program in Interfaith Chaplaincy is a 72-unit degree that offers depth and breadth of preparation. Depth is established by the requirement that all students grow in knowledge of religious tradition(s) and of the history, theory, and practice of spiritual care and chaplaincy. Breadth is established through the program's elective units, which students can use to prepare themselves according to the expectations of one's own religious tradition and/or professional certification requirements. Overall, the program seeks to offer a flexible structure that supports vocational and intellectual exploration and development, while encouraging student initiative and responsibility. The program prepares students for the work of chaplaincy or for doctoral-level work in spiritual care.
Study of Religions (21 units)
Students use these courses for study in two or more religious/spiritual traditions. Students without previous graduate study in their own religious tradition(s) will balance these units between study of their own tradition(s) and study of one tradition other than their own. Such students are strongly advised that they may also need to use elective units to deepen their knowledge of their own tradition(s) in order to qualify for certification and/or endorsement by their religious body. Students with previous graduate study in their own tradition(s) will balance these units between two additional traditions.
At least one course in each of the following four categories:
- Teaching and tenets
- Sacred texts
- Religious and/or faith-based ethics
Spiritual Care / Chaplaincy (22-33 Units)
- World Religions
- Interreligious Dialogue and Leadership
- Cultivating Empowerment through Ecologies of Care
- Cultivating Wholeness through Relational Practices
- Interfaith Care and Counseling
- Chaplaincy in Contexts OR Art of Chaplaincy
- Care & Counseling for Bereavement OR Mourning to Dancing
- Creative Ritual OR Worship Arts
- Short-term Counseling for Spiritual & Religious Contexts OR Crisis Intervention
- One ACPE Certified Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) OR Clinical Pastoral Education
Electives in Spiritual Care and Counseling (4-6 Units)
Free Electives (remaining units to equal 72 total)
Summative Exercise (0 Units)
The capstone of the M.A. program, the summative exercise is completed within the final two semesters of study.
This requirement may be met in one of two forms:
1) A clinical case study designed to demonstrate the student's ability to interrelate theory and practice in interfaith chaplaincy. 2) Master’s Thesis in an area relevant to interfaith chaplaincy. If this option is chosen, students must take the Research Methods in Practical Theology (3 units) and MA Research Colloquium I and II (2 units) as part of their elective units.