United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in Bahá’í Pastoral Care

The Master of Divinity in Bahá’í Pastoral Care program develops your competency in interreligious and intercultural spiritual care in preparation for Bahá’í endorsement in pastoral care vocations including chaplaincy. You’ll learn how to serve as an effective and compassionate minister, working with people from diverse faith backgrounds and walks of life.

This program may be a good fit for you if you plan to pursue a career in pastoral care with a Bahá’í focus in any of a number of contexts, including:

  • the military
  • hospitals and other healthcare settings
  • prisons
  • schools
  • first responder units
  • corporate settings

You also may pursue a career providing pastoral and spiritual care within the Bahá’í community.


In addition to achieving the core MDiv degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the Bahá’í Pastoral Care program will be able to:

  • apply their knowledge of and interdisciplinary insights into the Baha’i faith to the creation of statements of their individual reality as well as their participation in social discourse, community-building, and social action;
  • demonstrate skills for effective, professional, ethical, and compassionate pastoral and spiritual care to a diversity of persons;
  • craft, deliver, and reflect on a sermon or public address that demonstrates effective speaking form/style and content based on a selected context;
  • articulate effective strategies for pastoral/spiritual care and counseling with a person or group of a given cultural identity that demonstrate an informed understanding of the student’s own culture(s) and theology, as well as the behavioral and social sciences;
  • articulate effective strategies for providing spiritual care in a given interreligious setting; and
  • demonstrate skills and articulate strategies for providing effective spiritual care for those experiencing trauma in a variety of given situations.


United’s MDiv in Bahá’í Pastoral Care at a Glance

  • 78 credits
  • Twenty-six 3-credit courses, including one field experience
  • Final thesis or project not required, but you can use an elective to pursue either
  • Can be completed in 3-1/2 years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • Most MDiv concentrations, including Bahá’í Pastoral Care, can be completed entirely via distance learning

Employment as a chaplain requires completion of additional CPE units beyond United’s degree requirements and endorsement by the Baha’i National Spiritual Assembly. BCCI certification, which is a common employment requirement, requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and an additional 2,000 hours of chaplaincy work experience after CPE.

Program Guide Sheet

Religious Texts 4
Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation
Choose one:
New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation
New Testament 2: Four Gospels
The Bahá’í Faith*
Baha’u’llah’s Revelation*
Theological Tradition 4
Religious and Theological Interpretation
Choose one:
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Bahá’í Theology*
Constructive Theology
Ethics/Justice 2
Comparative Religious Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Formation 2
Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Organizational Leadership and Administration
Cultural Contextualization 1
World Religions
Arts and Theology 1
Choose one:
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Integration 1 Capstone Seminar
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 10
An Introduction to Bahá’í History*
Bahá’í Institutions, the Community, and the Individual*
Bahá’í Approaches to Social Change*
Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care
Preaching and Your Public Voice
Intercultural Chaplaincy
Interreligious Chaplaincy
Trauma, Suffering and Care
One elective
CPE Internship
* Online courses taken through the Wilmette Institute


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