The MS in Spiritual Care program consists of a total of 72 credit hours, with the option for students to complete one unit of ACPE, Inc. Clinical Pastoral Education or a Capstone Project to count towards degree completion. Students also enjoy the flexibility of choosing from a wide scope of Elective courses to customize their learning based on their professional goals and desired knowledge.

Core Courses - 63 Credits

Course Number Course Name Credits
CHPL 590 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Spiritual Care 3 Credits
CHPL 600 History and Role of Chaplains 3 Credits
CHPL 610 Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy 3 Credits
CHPL 620 Organizational Mission Leadership 3 Credits
HTCA 545 Population Health Management 3 Credits
HTSC 640 Cultural and Ethical Considerations in Healthcare 3 Credits
RELB 519 Old Testament Studies 3 Credits
RELB 539 New Testament Studies 3 Credits
RELB 659 Grace and Law: Living Between the Advents 3 Credits
RELB 579 Audacity to Trust: Faith and Health 3 Credits
RELE 505 Christian Ethics in Healthcare 3 Credits
RELP 510 Spirituality, Health, and Wholeness 3 Credits
RELP 543 Grief and Loss 3 Credits
RELP 645 Spiritual Disciplines and Practice 3 Credits
RELT 528 Historical Comparative Christian Religious Traditions 3 Credits
RELT 568 World Religions for Healthcare Professions 3 Credits
RELT 618 Christian Church History 3 Credits
RELT 628 Contemporary Christian Theologies 3 Credits
RELT 648 Living from a Pastoral Theology 3 Credits
RELT 668 Wrestling with God in Suffering 3 Credits
STAT 515 Scientific Inquiry and Research 3 Credits

Elective Courses (Choose 3 of the following courses) - 3 Credits

Course number Course Name Credits
CHPL 630 Spiritual Care Across the Life Cycle 1 Credit
CHPL 640 Spiritual Care in Pediatrics 1 Credit
CHPL 650 Spiritual Care at the End of Life 1 Credit
CHPL 660 Spiritual Care in a General Hospital 1 Credit
CHPL 670 Spiritual Care and Mental Illness 1 Credit
CHPL 680 Spiritual Care in Crisis and Trauma 1 Credit
CHPL 690 Spiritual Care as Part of an Inter-Professional Team (pre-req RELE 505) 1 Credit
RELE 615 Bioethics: Human Dignity and Human Flourishing (pre-req RELE 505) 1 Credit
RELE 655 Bioethics: Advanced Health Inequities and Social Justice (Pre-req RELE 505) 1 Credit

Capstone (Choose 1 of the following options) - 6 Credits

Course Number Course Name Credits
ACPE 510 One Unit of ACPE, Inc. CPE* 6 Credits
CHPL 699 Capstone Project (Clinically-Based Applied Research) 6 Credits

*Required for those becoming a Board Certified Chaplain

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Course Catalog

Full course descriptions and detailed curriculum information are available via our Academic Catalog.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Sample Course Plan

This sample course plan provides an example of how the program can be completed. Students will work closely with their Academic Advisor to customize a program completion plan that fits your needs.

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