Advanced Pastoral Studies


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 new Diploma in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy is designed to equip chaplains, spiritual care providers and pastoral care educators who work in research-driven environments with the tools they need to:

  • Work alongside interdisciplinary colleagues to develop practices informed by scientific inquiry, and
  • Design and implement their own evidence-based research

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.


For more information, please contact:

Rev. Ruth T. West, Program Manager, Advanced Pastoral Studies | 415.451.2838