The Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care is a professional master's degree for students who are specializing in pastoral and spiritual care within religious communities or other organizations like hospitals, hospice, and military organizations.
These are the requirements for students who matriculated during the 2020-2021 school year. Degree requirements for previous years can be found at the bottom of the Master's Student Handbook main page. Students can track their own individual degree progress through the degree audit on my.iliff and by consulting their advisors.
The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of those preparing for the specialized vocation of pastoral and spiritual care. Students take courses in pastoral and spiritual care that implement an intercultural approach to spiritual care, integrating contextual understandings of religious truth with a social justice orientation. Clinical pastoral education provides intense group learning and supervision of the practice of pastoral and spiritual care in clinical settings.
Students also take courses in the core curriculum. Each area has a thematic focus, and courses within each area cohere in directing students and their teacher to think more critically about their assumptions and to develop theological perspectives necessary for becoming responsible pastoral and spiritual caregivers in a changing world. The personal and professional courses ground students in an understanding of their vocation, and help them integrate their personal theologies of spiritual care with public theologies using a social justice orientation.
The MAPSC degree requires at least 80 quarter credits (or 40 quarter credits and an MDiv degree or its equivalent from an accredited seminary) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.
- 32 credits from required courses
- 16 credits from required pastoral and spiritual care courses
- 16 credits in Personal and Professional Formation (PPF) and Masters Recital
- At least 16 credits from other courses
All requirements for the degree must be completed within seven calendar years from the date of the first course taken in the program. All required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Catalog and the Master‘s Student Handbook (of their year of matriculation) to graduate.
First Year Interdisciplinary Course (4 credits): This course is team-taught and will introduce students to terminology, reading of primary texts and how to write academic papers as well as expose them to the complexity and significance of theological reflection. The course must be taken within the student's first 40 credit hours.
Core Courses (28 credits)
Comparative Religious Traditions (CR): One CR course (4 credits). Check with your advisor for current offerings. Some options include:
IST 2000 Religions in the World - This is the preferred course for the MAPSC degree program.
IST 2001 Intro to Islam
IST 2086 Religion, Space, and Place
IST 2102 Intro to Hinduism
IST 2155 Black Religious Denver
IST 3001 Islam, Gender, Sexuality
IST 3010 Pilgrimage in Comparative Perspective
IST 3110 Asceticism and Monasticism
IST 3104 Judaism, Gender, and Religion
IST 3038 Buddhist Philosophy
IST 3049 Sufism
IST 3053 Religion and Film
Bible/Contextual Analysis (BI), one BI course (4 credits) from the list below:
IST 2003 Intro to Hebrew Bible
IST 2004 Intro to New Testament
Social/Ethical Analysis (SE), 4 credits - one required course:
IST 2005 Ethical Analysis & Advocacy
Historical Development & Expressions of Religious Traditions (HI), 4 credits - one required course:
IST 2500 - Intro to the History of Christianity
Constructive/Systematic Theology (CT), 4credits - one required course:
IST 2510 - Intro to Theology
Theology & Religious Practices (PR), 8 credits - two required courses:
IST 2012 Pastoral Theology and Care
IST 2080 Practical Theology
Pastoral and Spiritual Care Courses (16 credits):
Courses that count without needing to petition:
IST 2021 Spiritual Care in Death & Dying
IST 2XXX Justice and Spiritual Care
IST 2061 Ministry Praxis: Funerals
IST 2081 Authentic Engagement
IST 2107 Ministry Praxis: Pre-Marital Counseling and Weddings
IST 2182 Women and Spirituality
IST 2210 Research Literacy for Chaplains
IST 3034 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Pastoral, Psychological,
and Theological Responses
IST 3093 Moral Stress
IST 3163 Religious Leadership in the Digital Age
With petition, these courses may count towards Pastoral and Spiritual
IST 2157 Christian Bioethics Debate
IST 3089 The Body and Sexuality in the Hebrew Bible
IST 3132 Remapping American Religion: Black and Asian Traditions
IST 3241 Pandemics and healing in history
Personal and Professional Formation (16 credits)―Required courses:
IST 1100, 1101, 1102 - Identity, Power and Vocation in Community (6 credits)
CPE (8 credits) + CPE Integration Praxis (2 credits)
Masters Recital: To be completed during the Spring term of the final year
Other courses (16 credits)