Pastoral Care Certificate

Earn your Pastoral Care Certificate at Marylhurst

student marylhurst circle iconThe Pastoral Care Certificate is available to those in the Master of Arts in Applied Pastoral Theology or Master of Divinity programs, or as a stand-alone certificate for those not currently pursuing a master’s degree.

If you are completing the certificate independent of a degree, you many apply through the Office of Admissions to the certificate program. To earn the certificate, you’ll complete 40 credits of courses within the Master of Arts in Applied Pastoral Theology program.

Curriculum in the Pastoral Care, Post Baccalaureate Certificate

The certificate program is split into two main sections: foundational and practical content:

Foundation and Praxis Content: 20 credits

  • Issues in Cross-Cultural Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • Scriptural Frameworks for Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • Research in Interfaith Theological Frameworks
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Counseling Strategies
  • Sacred Journeys: Spiritual Direction and Spiritualties

Practical and Synthesis/Praxis Content: 20 credits

  • Rituals and Spiritual Practices of Western and Eastern Religions
  • Applied Ethics and the Pastoral or Spiritual Care Provider
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Times of Loss, Grief and Bereavement
  • Contemporary and Personal Theologies of Pastoral and Spiritual Care
  • Theological Reflection in Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Career Paths

Individuals and organizations increasingly are seeking a source of personal and philosophical growth. Pastoral care careers include caregiver, educator, author, spiritual practitioner and ministerial service provider.

Ready to Start?

For the Pastoral Care Certificate program, classes start fall term, but you can apply anytime. Admission requirements for certificates are similar to our degree admissions requirements. If you have any questions about this certificate, connect with our Office of Admissions by requesting more information or emailing

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  • Associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
  • Small class sizes with renowned faculty who focus on you
  • Beautiful classroom environment located on our tranquil campus
  • More than 122-year history of academic excellence

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Looking for Professional Development?

Maybe taking a series of college credit courses is not what you’re looking for.  Maybe you just want a workshop, a weekend class or seminar around career-related topics. Marylhurst’s Professional Development Center offers a variety of coursework that is not-for-credit (meaning you are not pursuing a degree) and designed to enhance you as a professional.

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