Postgraduate Certificate in Pastoral Care

A Postgraduate Certificate in Pastoral Care can deepen your well of knowledge in meeting the spiritual and emotional needs of parishioners, as well as church and organization leaders. Our Christ-focused curriculum will teach you a range of biblical-theological knowledge and practical leadership skills so that you can counsel a wider variety of pastoral care issues.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to develop an awareness of clinical pathology
  • Methods of addressing the needs of those you serve effectively
  • Advanced skills in planning and treatment

Program Length 

This 12 semester hour program can take up to 2 years to complete. 

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This certificate program is offered on campus, in a face-to-face delivery format.

Career and Ministry Opportunities With This Degree

Although not licensed counselors, pastoral care students are trained in counseling services and techniques. They’re prepared to help with the emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families in church and ministry settings.

  • Church counseling center support team member
  • Shepherding pastor in a local church
  • Church or nonprofit counselor

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Small, close-knit classes that serve as safe spaces to learn, grow, and gain insight into God, yourself, and others
  • Holistic training from experienced professors who practice the subjects they teach, in courses they’ve designed to be equal parts, intellectual, emotional, and fieldwork oriented
  • Intentionally inclusive learning environments that respect all cultures and backgrounds
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support, but spiritual support and guidance as well

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Course of Study (9 hours)

Course Number Course Credit Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CNC 6540 Spiritual Transformation and Group Process 3
CNC 6710 Brief and Solution-focused Counseling 3
CNC 6711 Psychopathology for Ministry Contexts or 3
CNC xxxx CNC Elective 3

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.

Admission Requirements

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