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Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care

Our Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care is designed for students who have completed a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree.

While our graduate certificate courses are ideal for changing career direction or enhancing a current career in ministry, caregiving or teaching, they also serve as a foundation to complete a Marylhurst Master of Arts in Applied Pastoral Theology or Master of Divinity.

We schedule classes to not conflict with services, so that ministers and other spiritual professionals may attend.

What You Will Learn

In our pastoral care program, you will explore specialized subjects within religion, integrating studies in scripture, ministry, theology and psychology.

In this program, you will:

  • Train in methods for ministering to the sick, the elderly, those in need and those who simply require guidance
  • Learn about the relationship of religion and philosophy
  • Engage in an internship

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.

Occupational Profile on O*NET (21-2011: Clergy)

Program Length & Costs

The estimated time to complete the program is 11 ½ months.

Estimated costs are:
Tuition* (47 credits) = $27,166
Books & Supplies ($50 per credit) = $2,350
TOTAL = $29,516
*Calculated at the current 2013-14 tuition rate.

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