Applying for CPE
1) Baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) minimum; higher degree (e.g., M.Div., M.T.S.) strongly preferred. Exceptions to this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2) Two (2) years active membership in good standing with a faith community; formal theological training recommended; ordination and/or commission preferred, where applicable.
1) Completed ACPE application with essay responses (available at www.acpe.edu > Resources > Forms). You may use the same form to apply for Extended, Summer, or Year-long CPE programs.
2) Processing fee (US $30 – check or money order made payable to UC Regents; unfortunately, we cannot accept electronic payments so please send your fee via postal mail)
3) On-site personal interviews with CPE faculty and with Department staff. Once we receive your application and have reviewed your materials, we will notify you if we can offer you an interview opportunity. Year-long internship interviews are a two-step process: an initial interview with CPE faculty, almost always in person; and a follow-up interview with Spiritual Care Services staff, usually by phone or via Skype (or another teleconferencing platform). Interviews for summer and other single-unit programs (such as Extended units, if offered) are a single-step process involving an interview with CPE faculty.
4) Completed reference forms. Regardless of the program for which you apply, these will be solicited by the Department from the persons you list as references on your application.
Due Dates: The CPE program operates on a rolling admissions basis, which means that there is not a specific due date for submitting applications. Applications are considered as they arrive and once the application fee has been received, until the unit or year-long program is full. We interview prospective students and make decisions throughout the year until we have filled our class. Since our summer unit begins in June and our year-long program begins in September, it is usually wiser to apply in the preceding autumn or winter than waiting until the spring.
Note: For Supervisory CPE training, applicants must have completed at least four (4) ACPE-accredited CPE units [copies of self- and supervisory evaluations must be submitted]; hold a M.Div. degree or its equivalent; be ordained or commissioned to function as a clergyperson or spiritual leader by an appropriate authority in one’s faith group; and be endorsed or recognized in an official relationship of accountability with one’s faith group. Persons interested in Supervisory CPE must use the Supervisory CPE Application, also available at www.acpe.edu > Resources > Forms. Please contact us directly to inquire if our program has a Supervisory CPE position open.
You may submit your application via e-mail or regular mail to the address below:
The Rev. Susan P. Conrad or the Rev. Dr. Peter Yuichi Clark
Summer 2017 Full-time Unit: May 31, 2017 – August 11, 2017 (unit already in progress)
Extended (part-time) Academic Year-Long Unit: September 6, 2017 – May 19, 2018 (applications accepted now; please see the link UCSFExtendedYearCPEFlyer2017-2018 for more information)
Year-long 2017 – 2018 Internship begins on September 5, 2017, and ends on September 14, 2018
Unit 1 (Fall): September 5, 2017 – November 17, 2017
Unit 2 (Winter): December 4, 2017 – February 23, 2018
Unit 3 (Spring): March 12, 2018 – May 18, 2018
Unit 4 (Summer): June 4, 2018 – August 10, 2018
Application review for all 2018 CPE programs begin – October 2017
Summer 2018 Full-time Unit: May 30, 2018 – August 10, 2018
Year-long 2018 – 2019 Internship begins on September 4, 2018, and ends on September 13, 2019