The pastoral care certificate is available to those in the M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology or Master of Divinity programs, or as a stand-alone certificate for those not currently pursuing a master’s degree. Students completing the certificate independent of a degree must apply through the Office of Admissions to the certificate program. The certificate requires 40 credits of courses within the M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology program.
For detailed application instructions, please contact the Office of Admissions.
Marylhurst University Application for Admission
Official transcripts from each college or university where a degree was earned
- Minimum GPA for graduate admission is 3.00*
- Student must have conferred bachelor’s degree before starting the program
Statement of intent
Admissions interview with department faculty
* Applicants with a Grade Point Average (GPA) lower than 3.0 are required to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and earn a minimum score of 398.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students completing the certificate will be able to:
Listen and respond empathetically.
Work as a beginning spiritual counselor or spiritual director for individuals.
Provide pastoral and spiritual care in one or more specific settings.
Work as a pastoral and spiritual care provider or spiritual care leader of small groups.
Integrate psychology and theology through use of theological reflection models.
Assess and refer persons for counseling or therapy when skills beyond one’s own are called for in the situation.
Utilize intervention strategies.
Develop strategies for maintaining one’s own physical, intellectual, social and spiritual wellness while providing pastoral and spiritual care for others.
Empower others to make their own choices and to develop their own plans for a philosophy of life and a personal wellness program.
Attain personal, spiritual, pastoral and professional maturity.