Master of Arts in Vocational Practice

This course is no longer current. No new students are being accepted into this course. This information is for existing students only.

Description

This course is designed as continuing preparation for people who are called to a range of vocations. The course is designed to equip people to think about their employment in church, society and marketplace in forms which are theologically, contextually, and globally aware. The structure of the course embraces broad philosophical and theoretical approaches to practice as well as the development of task specific skills and outcomes.

The course recognizes the changing social context in which Christians live out their sense of vocation. This course is designed to equip learners to reflect critically and constructively on the praxis of vocation in church, society and marketplace. Such reflection leads to ongoing modification and development of the ways in which Christians shape their lives to be in partnership with God’s work in the world. This approach explores the influence of theology, social sciences and professional knowledge on the way Christians integrate the call of God in life, work and faith.

Overall, the program is designed to:

  • Prepare professionals to “be intentionally in partnership with God’s work in the world” through their professional lives
  • Provide broad subject knowledge to understand Christian vocation in church, society and marketplace and to develop the necessary theoretical knowledge and the research skills required to work in their field
  • Offer integrated study to provide learners an opportunity for study, work and research
  • Address the need for well-trained practitioners in established and emerging areas of vocation.

Delivery Format

The delivery of each unit in the MAVP is structured around three distinct phases. The delivery format is described here

Specialisations

There is one specialisation in the Master of Arts in Vocational Practice currently being offered

Delivery locations

Admission Criteria

General Entry Requirements for all courses at Eastern College Australia.

Normal Entry

To obtain entry under this category an applicant must meet all General Entry Requirements plus:

  • hold an undergraduate degree from a recognised University or institution under section 10 or Section 11 of the Tertiary Education Act 1993 (certified transcripts are to be provided);
  • have had appropriate experience or hold a position in the relevant field of study, as demonstrated by the submission of a professional CV, and the submission of 250 word statement with the application;
  • demonstrate suitability for the course in an interview with an Academic staff member (new student interview), including a response to the Readiness Assessment (see below for further details on this aspect of the application).
  • supply references from their minister and a supervisor/ employer/ senior colleague in the area of specialisation for which the applicant is applying (written on a Confidential Reference Form supplied by the college, endorsing the applicant).

Professional Entry

Applicants not possessing an undergraduate degree may seek provisional admission. This applicant will be required to meet all General Entry Requirements plus:

  • demonstrate a minimum of 7 years relevant work experience in the area of specialisation. This may be evidenced by the submission of a professional CV and the submission of a 250 word statement.
  • demonstrate suitability for the course in an interview with an Academic staff member (new student interview), including a response to the Readiness Assessment (see below for further details of this aspect of the application process).
  • supply references from their minister and a supervisor/ employer/ senior colleague in the area of specialisation for which the applicant is applying (written on a Confidential Reference Form supplied by the college, endorsing the applicant).

If the above conditions are satisfied the applicant may enrol in a single Masters degree unit. If this unit is successfully completed at credit level (65) or above the applicant will be granted normal entry into the MAVP, following an interview with the Course Coordinator, Course Advisor or College Registrar. The unit completed is accepted into the student’s academic record.

Readiness Assessment

After applying, applicants will be provided with a short theological article and are required to write a 1500 word response or the equivalent. The applicant’s capacity will be assessed with regard to the following:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of a variety of theological terms and appreciate the differences in meaning of these terms;
  • Demonstrate a willingness and ability to take a position on a relevant theological question and to argue the position effectively;
  • Structure an argument in a logical way and formulate the issue clearly using correct grammar and a logical and clear expression of thoughts; and
  • Respond to questions in an integrated and self-reflective manner.

The applicant will have two weeks to complete and submit the Readiness Assessment and this will be followed by a New Student Interview with a Course Advisor. The Readiness Assessment will form part of the basis of the interview.

The College reserves the right to waive any of the above entry requirements when it is satisfied that the ability, experience and spiritual standing of an applicant are sufficient to give the applicant a good chance of completing the desired course successfully.

This course is only available to domestic students (those not requiring a student visa).

English Language Requirement

An applicant for studies in the above courses will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides or an institution accredited through one of ICETE’s registered accrediting bodies and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 575+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 85+ Writing 21, Speaking 20, Reading 20, Listening 20
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 64 No communicative score below 58
    Cambridge English Advanced 62 No less than Borderline in writing

Course Structure

  • The course is completed part-time over 3 years (6 Semesters)
  • A total of 72 credit points (6 x 12cp units)
  • 24 credit points of common units
  • 48 credit points from one of the specialisations
  • a student who has completed at least two units (24 credit points) of study in their area of specialisation and has achieved a grade of 70% or more in those units may be permitted to substitute the nominal assessments required in one other unit with a 12000 word research paper. Where this is the case, the unit undertaken by the student shall be known as RP590.512 Research Paper in (name of specialisation).
  • It is expected that students will undertake one specialisation. However, where student needs are best served, units may be included from other specialisations. This is done with the permission of the Course Coordinator.

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
AD510.512 Community Organisation and Development
AD511.512 Advocacy and Human Rights
AD520.512 Organisational Development and Leadership
AD530.512 Sustainability, Climate Change and Justice
MN525.512 Leading and Building Community
MN555.512 Spiritual Formation
MS502.512 Missional Church Service
MS901.512 Business as Mission
PH901.512 Integrating Private and Corporate Calling
PH902.512 Shaping Truthful Business Practice
PH904.512 Worldview, Ethics and Media in Process
PH905.512 Framing and Shaping Worldviews
PH906.512 Politics, Power and the Media
PS901.512 Cultivating Organisational Citizenship and Culture
PS902.512 Seeking Understanding of Personal Wellbeing
RP590.512 Research Paper in Church
RP591.512 Research Paper in Aid and Development
TH501.000 Theological Methods
TH514.512 Doing Theology in Vocational Contexts
TH515.512 Leading People in the Presence of God
TH516.512 Communicating the Gospel