Doctor of MinistryPastoral Care & Counseling Emphasis Admissions

Admissions Requirements
Basic admission requirements include a three- or four-year Master of Divinity degree (or its equivalent) with a 3.0 GPA or above from an accredited university; ecclesiastical endorsement for one’s ministry; at least one unit of clinical pastoral education (CPE) or its equivalent; and at least three years of experience in some form of ministry.  . 

All applicants for whom English is a second language must pass the TOEFL with a score of 550 or better prior to admission. As part of their application, students must include a plan describing how they will fulfill the clinical requirements of the program.

Some equivalencies to these admission requirements may be accepted, if the equivalency fulfills the same basic functions.  Normally, transfer credit from another educational institution is not allowed, but course work can be adapted to the unique needs or interests of students.

The deadline for filing all application papers, including references, transcripts, a personal statement and an integrated book review essay, is March 15 for the summer Intensive Option and May 15 for the fall Extended Option. The group is limited to eight students. Applications will be acted upon as they are received.

Tuition is charged on a per course basis.  In 2013, the tuition will be $1,850 per 3-unit resource seminar.  The Extended program includes 8 resource seminars or a minimum estimated total tuition of $14,800.   The Intensive program includes 7 resource seminars or a minimum estimated total tuition of $12,950.  Expect tuition rates to be adjusted annually..

Tuition does not include the cost of books, transportation, housing or supervision.

Program Application:

For an application for the Doctor of Ministry with special emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling, click here.


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San Francisco Theological Seminary
105 Seminary Rd
San Anselmo CA, 94960
Phone: 415.451.2800