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As religious professionals and faith leaders, we are all asking the same question: How do I stay on the pulse of what’s meaningful to my community? The Doctor of Ministry program at SFTS brings together a wide variety of active ministries to learn, explore and envision creative approaches to community growth and spiritual connection.
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) program is ideal for those seeking broad exposure to a variety of theological disciplines. The MDiv is the foundational degree for ministry and is required for ordination in many Christian traditions. This three-year degree program, if studying full-time, includes elements of spiritual, pastoral, and professional development through our innovative Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and field education programs.
The Master of Arts in Theological Studies fosters development of theological understanding as part of educational, professional, and spiritual growth. The MATS is a general academic degree, providing balanced exposure to the theological disciplines while allowing for focus on an area of interest.
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.
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.
The Certificate in the Art of Spiritual Direction and Formation is based in the art of contemplative listening but open to people with a wide range of interests. Traditionally, spiritual directors were simply people perceived to be wise in the ways of spirit and compassionate toward others. We believe that good spiritual direction is rooted in deep and stable spiritual practice. Training in spiritual direction occurs therefore in the context of contemplative retreats. Study, reading, and practice in community provide a rhythm which encourages rootedness in spiritual discipline, even as one trains in the arts of listening, discernment, and basic knowledge of spiritual direction.
The Certificate in Trauma & Spiritual Care provides working professionals in both clinical and pastoral settings with the skills to incorporate spirituality into the healing counsel they provide to trauma victims. This program highlights the spiritual understandings of trauma and healing, giving caregivers a more comprehensive set of skills to help trauma victims recover from their experiences.
Professional Chaplaincy Training
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) students develop caring competency and experience unique contexts in local and international communities to inspire resiliency and restore well-being.
This program welcomes seminarians, as well as interfaith community pastors, religious, and lay professional who have full-time serving or caring positions. Applicants must be current students at a theological institution or involved and in good standing as a spiritual leader of a faith community or institution in which pastoral care is provided or anticipated. More information regarding admissions requirements can be found here.
Through an accelerated seven-month program, you learn to guide large-scale, mission-driven organizations and gain the skills to ignite positive social transformation. Our unique learning model includes expert instruction, a mentored community project of your choosing, as well as cohort feedback and collaboration.
Designed for working professionals, the Certificate in Mental Health and Spirituality builds greater spiritual awareness that helps you connect with people of all faiths. The certificate prepares participants for important conversations with people in tough situations, at critical moments in their lives.
The GTU Common MA is an academic degree conferred by the GTU with the recommendation of one of the member schools, such as San Francisco Theological Seminary. The Master of Arts program offers you the opportunity to pursue graduate level theological studies apart from preparation for a career in ordained ministry.