The Pastoral Care and Counseling concentration provides a nurturing environment for students to develop and deepen their personal theological perspectives and learn a variety of skills for compassionate pastoral and spiritual care and counseling in churches, hospitals, the military, senior living facilities, hospice, correctional institutions, first responders (fire and police), corporations, non-profit and community organizations, and educational intuitions, while also expanding their capacity to serve in our spiritually and culturally diverse world.
Requirements for the M.A.R.L. and M.Div. Degree
- Foundational course
- Introduction to Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology CL670 (3 cr – students who chose this course to meet their core degree requirements must add an additional concentration elective)
- Practicum – Clinical Pastoral Education
- CPE Ministry Practicum CS254 (3 cr – students who chose this course to meet their core degree requirements must add an additional concentration elective)
- Elective courses
- M.A.R.L.: Two electives (6 cr)
- M.Div.: Three electives (9 cr)
- Elective courses may be selected from those approved for this concentration, or students may ask a faculty member to include a track in another course that would explicitly address one or more of the concentration educational outcomes (faculty have discretion to decide that tracking is not appropriate for a given course). If the faculty member agrees, some course readings and/or assignments would be tailored to allow the course to meet a concentration elective requirement. This would be noted on the student’s registration form.
- Browse the course catalog for approved electives for the Pastoral Care and Counseling concentration (select the red ‘Search’ button on the Courses page to view the PC&C electives)
Requirements for the D.Min. Degree
- Two Pastoral Care and Counseling electives, taken at a D.Min. level (4 cr each)*
*Please contact the instructor before the first class session to discuss readings and assignments.