Master of Arts (Chaplaincy Studies)

School of Arts & Sciences, Sydney Campus

The Master of Arts (Chaplaincy Studies) at Notre Dame is an innovative program which has been designed for graduates who would like to develop their knowledge, skills and competencies in chaplaincy and pastoral care. The program provides an entry-level qualification for people who have a strong interest in community work.

  • Why study this degree?

    As life gets busier and more stressful an increasing number of people are seeking pastoral care and support to help them manage their often complex and personal issues. The growing need to provide this intensive personal support is increasingly being met by Chaplains and Pastoral Care personnel. As such, the need for Chaplains and Pastoral Care Staff is increasing to meet the demand.

    But having a personal desire to help others is no longer sufficient. To perform at a high level, you will also need the necessary training and professional skills to enable you to carry out this important work. Completed over 18 months of full-time study (or the equivalent in part-time study) our Master of Arts (Chaplaincy Studies) covers issues such as grief counselling, marriage and sexuality and moral theology. In addition, you will also complete placements at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst.

  • Program summary

    • PHTH6000 Bioethics OR PHIL6020 Pastoral Placement
    • ARTS5010 Research Methods
    • ARTS5040 Capstone A: Professional Placement
    • ARTS5050 Capstone B: Professional Placement
    • COUN6002 Theoretical Approaches to Counselling
    • COUN6009 Trauma, Loss and Grief Counselling
    • THEO6010 Scripture and Church
    • THEO5090 Liturgy: Work of God, Work of God’s People
    • THEO6400 Christology
    • THEO6440 Church and Sacraments
    • THEO6560 Marriage and Sexuality
    • THEO6350 Foundations Moral Theology

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Entry requirements

    An applicant must usually hold a first degree or the equivalent in related work experience. They will also be required to demonstrate a suitable level of mature life experience, including self-awareness, a capacity to relate to others and an understanding of ethical behaviour.

    Admission into the Master of Arts (Chaplaincy Studies) requires a selection interview with a member of the academic staff. Applications should be received at least one month prior to commencement. However, there are limited places available in postgraduate courses and they will be filled on a first-come first served basis, so early application is strongly encouraged.

  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

  • Scholarships

    Domestic Students

    According to the Higher Education Support Act 2003, domestic research students are eligible to have all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) course fees paid for by the Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) for the length of their degree. Domestic students are also encouraged to apply for both an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and the University Postgraduate Award (UPA) offered through The University of Notre Dame Australia. These scholarships are very competitive and are awarded to students of exceptional research potential. The scholarships are for the purpose of assisting with general living costs for the duration of the research degree.

    International Students

    All international research students are required to pay full fees for the length of their research degree. Please refer to the International Prospectus for current cost per year to complete a Doctor of Philosophy. All international students are encouraged to apply for the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (EIPRS) or the University equivalent International Fee Remission Research Scholarship (IFRRS), and both the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) and University Postgraduate Award (UPA). The EIPRS provides annual fee remission for the successful applicant(s) and meets the cost of a standard Overseas Student Health Cover Policy for the student for the period of the course. The IFRRS covers the annual fee remission for the successful candidate; however students.

  • More information

    For more information on the Master of Arts (Chaplaincy Studies), please contact the Prospective Students Office on +61 (2) 8204 4404 or email

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