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Purpose and Objectives:

The Postgraduate Certificate in Pastoral Care provides students with specialized knowledge and skills that are important

for addressing the spiritual and emotional needs of both Christians and non-Christians. Special attention will be given to the

emotional and spiritual needs of leaders in churches and organizations as well as church parishioners.

The objectives of the Postgraduate Certificate in Pastoral Care will enable students to:

Develop the skills to address the needs of people in both individual and group settings.

Develop the skills to address the needs of people in both long term and time limited counseling settings.

Develop an awareness of clinical pathology

Deepen pastoral care skills to counsel a wider variety of issues

Strengthen treatment planning skills and treatment

Be more effective in addressing the needs of the people you serve whether it be counseling, preaching, teaching,

discipling or leading.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to those requirements listed in the Admissions section of this catalog, applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate

in Pastoral Care meet the following requirements:

Completion of a graduate-level theological degree (M.A. or M.Div.) degree with a specialization in pastoral care

from an accredited institution or a graduate-level theological degree with the equivalent of at least two years of

pastoral care experience.

A minimum graduate-level GPA of 3.0. Students whose GPA falls between 2.8 and 3.0 may be considered for

admission on a probationary basis, if they submit a request in writing accompanied by appropriate rationale.

An interview with SSM Pastoral Care faculty.

Note: Current CBS students who have completed at least one-half of their master’s degree may apply by filling out the “Add

a Program” section on the “Graduate-Level Record Change” form prior to graduation in order to be considered for admission.

Time Limit

Students must complete all requirements within one year, beginning from the date of their first enrollment in a course

following acceptance into the certificate.

Completion Requirements

Completion of the 9 hours specified in the course of study (see below) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and

no grade lower than a “C.”

Significant achievement of program objectives.

Affirmation of the Doctrinal Statement.

Completion of one semester of chapel participation (CHL 5001).

Note for students pursuing a degree and certificate concurrently: Courses within this certificate may not be applied to meet

degree requirements, nor may courses used to meet degree requirements be applied to meet certificate requirements. The

total required hours for both the degree and the certificate must be met independently.

Course of Study


CHL 5001

Chapel 1


CNC 6540

Spiritual Transformation and Group Process


CNC 6710

Brief and Solution-focused Counseling


CNC 6711

Psychopathology for Ministry Contexts



CNC xxxx

CNC elective


Note: This Certificate Program is not eligible for federal Title IV financial aid funds – i.e. Federal Direct Loans. Students who

are interested in exploring other financial aid options should contact the Financial Aid Office.