Diploma Programs


Explore the nature and practice of Spiritual Direction or investigate meaningful leadership through Pastoral Studies. The SFTS diploma of theology provides unique educational dimensions for a specific ministry, mission, or vocational endeavor.

Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction

The Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction blends rigorous academic work with time for retreat, worship, celebration, prayer, contemplation of God’s presence in our lives, and focused practice of, and reflection on, the art of spiritual direction.

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Diploma in Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Research Literacy

Clinical Pastoral Educators, Board Certified Chaplains, and those seeking professional chaplaincy vocations often work in research-based care environments where they are increasingly asked to provide research-based practices that contribute to performance improvement in delivery of care.

The 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.

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