Advanced Pastoral Studies

Earn a pastoral counseling degree at SFTS

The SFTS program in Advanced Pastoral Studies (APS) offers pastors, chaplains and other religious professionals opportunities for advanced professional education to enhance skills, explore new avenues and develop innovative approaches to ministry in both degree and non-degree programs.

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program provides a collaborative learning environment as an incubator for the research and development of alternative understandings, new tools, and resources for ministry in a rapidly-changing world.  This practical doctorate is designed for students who have earned a Master of Divinity (or its equivalent), been ordained (or serve in comparable ministries), and have served a minimum of three years in a professional ministry context.

The Diploma in Advanced Pastoral Studies is for those who seek to deepen their knowledge and broaden their ministry skills through a structured course of advanced study similar to that of the DMin, but does not require a Dissertation and Project.

Continuing education opportunities are offered each year through the Advanced Pastoral Studies program. Selected DMin courses are open to continuing education enrollment to pastors who wish to further their education. Courses are offered in the January Intersession and the Summer Intensive Session in one- or two-week formats.

The Diploma in Executive Leadership enhances the knowledge and skills of religious professionals by studying the following dimensions of leadership: personal formation, knowledge base, strategic executive skills and community of practice.

For further information, please contact:

Rev. Ruth T. West, MDiv, MBA, DASD, Program Manager, Advanced Pastoral Studies

415.451.2838  |  rwest@sfts.edu