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Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care

The Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Care serves those who either envision or are themselves engaged in pastoral care in both formal and informal settings, and would benefit from supplemental training in that role. This 18-credit hour certificate is intended for individuals currently in ministry who have a graduate degree from a theological institution. Students will:

  • learn how pastoral care fits with the broader mental health community
  • develop the skills needed in order to competently provide short-term pastoral care services
  • be able to create a mental health referral network for the purposes of support and referral 
  • learn the basic components of ethical guidelines to understand how to conduct the ethical practice of pastoral care

Program Distinctives

  • Full graduate credit
  • Practical ministry focus
  • Convenient course schedules, including weekends, weeknights, week-intensives and online

Download program requirements (pdf.)


Standard tuition and fees for the Charlotte campus apply.

Application Process

  • Applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the M.Div.
  • Apply today!