Who should pursue a MAPSC from Iliff?

Those who want to develop an approach to spiritual care that is rooted in one’s faith/spiritual tradition in an environment that cultivates a desire to provide professional spiritual care with sensitivity, openness, and respect. You will learn to care for others in a way that respects diversity and differences including, but not limited to: culture, gender, sexual orientation, and spiritual/religious practices.

MAPSC Graduates Lead as:

  • Spiritual Directors in private practice, congregational settings, schools, or retreats
  • Pastoral Counselors in churches, religious organizations, or in other faith-based settings
  • Chaplains in hospitals, schools, elder care settings, or hospices

Degree Requirements

The MAPSC offers an opportunity to engage in a full array of theological studies, including Clinical Pastoral Education and personal and professional formation. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Master’s Student Handbook in their year of matriculation.

Example of classes in the MAPSC program:

  • Interreligious Dialogue
  • Multicultural Pastoral Care
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence
  • Spiritual Care in a Clinical Setting

Requirements include:

  • First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar (4 Credits)
  • Core Requirements (28 Credits) one class from each of the six curricular areas, including two from Comparative Religion and Pastoral Theology and Care
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care Courses (16 Credits)
  • Personal and Professional Formation Courses (4 Credits)
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (8 CPE Credits)
  • Other Courses (20 Credits)

MAPSC for Military Chaplains

The MAPSC degree can be completed in 40 quarter credits if military chaplains have previously completed an MDiv degree from an accredited institution prior to enrollment at Iliff. This professional degree allows students to take courses in pastoral and spiritual care specific to military chaplaincy. The chaplains are integrated into courses with other theological students and have the possibility of petitioning to complete their degree with a final four or eight credit summative project focused on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the military.

Military chaplaincy specific pastoral care courses offered at Iliff as part of the degree:

  • Impact of War on Pastoral Care of Families (4 credits)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (4 credits)
  • Crisis Care and Pastoral Theology (4 credits)
  • War: Moral and Pastoral Perspectives (4 credits)
  • Spiritual Care in Pluralistic Contexts (4 credits)
  • Moral Stress, Resilience and Spiritual Integration (4 credits)

Additional Choices

Students with an MDiv

The MAPSC degree may be completed in 40 quarter credits if the student has previously completed an MDiv degree from an accredited institution.

Master of Social Work Cooperative Program

A cooperative arrangement between Iliff School of Theology and The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver allows qualified students to pursue concurrently the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics, or Master of Theological Studies with the Master of Social Work degree. The cooperative degree program offers students the opportunity to apply theological learning to social service settings. Each school allows students to transfer a predetermined number of credits from one degree program into the other, which allows students to complete both degrees in a shorter amount of time. Details are listed in the Master’s Student Handbook.


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