School of Theology and Ministry
MA in Relationship and Pastoral Therapy

Degree Requirements

  • A Couples & Family Therapy Program

     All credits are quarter credits

    ** If you have an advanced degree in theology, please talk with your advisor or the admissions coordinator about waiving the theological courses.   

    I. Theological Foundations**

    Twelve credits

    • STMM 5000 - Christian Anthropology (3) or STMA 575 - Images of the Sacred (3)
    • STMM 5260 - Hebrew Scriptures (3)
    • STMM 5270 - Christian Scriptures (3)
    • STMM 5610 - Contemporary Christian Spirituality and Prayer (3) or STML 570 - Spiritual Discernment and Decision Making or Elective in Spirituality (3) 

    II. Clinical Theory

    Thirty credits

    • STMM 5530 - Pastoral Care Skills (3)
    • STMA 5610 - Psycho-Spiritual Development (3)
    • STMM 5520 - Family Systems in Ministry (3)
    • STMC 5510 - Advanced Relationship and Pastoral Therapy Skills (3)
    • STMC 5520 - Counseling Theory and Techniques (3)
    • STMC 5530 - Integrating Systemic and Spiritual Approaches to Couples Therapy (3)
    • STMC 5540 - Group Theory and Techniques (3)
    • STMC 5700 - Systemic Treatment of Addiction and Abuse (3)
    • STMC 5710 - Psychopathology (3)
    • STMC 5720 - Assessment and Diagnosis (3)

    III. Clinical Integration

    Thirty-nine credits

    • STMM 5680 - Research Methods (3)
    • STMC 5690 - Research Seminar (1)
    • STMM 5470 - Christian Sexuality (3)
    • STMC 5160 - Historical and Contemporary Theories of Care (3)
    • STMC 5210 - Relationship and Pastoral Therapy in a Multicultural Context (3)
    • STMC 5220 - Relationship and Pastoral Therapy: Identity and Ethics (3)
    • STMC 5230 - Professional Ethics and Law (1)
    • STMC 5610 - Career and Professional Development (1)
    • STMC 5740 - Psychopharmacology (1)
    • STMC 5550 - Clinical I (3)
    • STMC 5560 - Clinical II (3)
    • STMC 5570 - Clinical III (3)
    • STMC 5580 - Clinical IV (3)
    • STMC 5590 - Integration Clinical I (3)
    • STMC 5600 - Integration Clinical II (3)
    • STM Elective Required (2 or 3)

    MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE .................. 81