The mission of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology is to prepare pastoral leaders for effective ministry broadly defined that is theologically informed, compassionately practiced, and holistically employed in the field of Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology.
This program of study is intended for:
- persons who are ordained ministers in churches that do not require the M.Div. degree who wish to pursue theological study for the enrichment of their ministry;
- persons in non-church-related vocations (e.g., secondary school teacher, counselor, writer) for whom graduate study in the humanities may be particularly helpful or enriching;
- persons who, for reasons of professional specialization, wish to combine a professional degree (e.g., the Master of Library Science or the Master of Social Work) with a theological degree;
- persons who have already completed the M.Div. degree but desire further in-depth theological study in Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology;
- persons who, with or without an M.Div. degree, wish to prepare to enter a Ph.D. program in the theological discipline of Pastoral Care and Counseling/Pastoral Theology, or in some other related field within the humanities
- Overall, the M.A. concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling can serve as an excellent path of study for person who 1) work in a supportive role within the life of the congregation, 2) who desire a career in pastoral counseling in a non-profit community agency, or 3) who envision chaplaincy (health care, corrections, military, or community) as an expression of their call to ministry.
The application deadline for US students for a term is two months before the first day of each semester. The deadline for international students is six months before the first day of each semester.
Each applicant must:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an academic record indicating scholarly ability and academic achievement, including an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale).
- Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate work pursued to date are required*;
- Complete the application form and submit a $50 non-refundable application fee
- Complete a statement of purpose that provides a sense of who you are and why you are interested in the program; and
- Two letters of recommendation.
In addition to the admissions procedures mentioned, applicants who seek to enter the US to pursue a degree program at NBTS must:
- Submit transcripts of undergraduate degree programs*, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose written in English;
- Demonstrate their proficiency in English;
- Apply to the US Government for an F-1 non-immigrant student entry visa.
*The Admissions Committee recommends that all transcripts that originate from an institution outside the United States or Canada be sent to a professional transcript service for a course-by-course evaluation.
In order to ensure success in our degree programs, the Seminary requires that students for whom English is a second language must have their English skills evaluated prior to full matriculation in its Masters or Doctor of Ministry programs. This evaluation will determine whether additional language studies are needed to achieve the proficiency levels described below. Note, this policy does not apply to students who have graduated from a four-year college or university where the instruction was in English. There are several paths to full matriculation into the Seminary’s degree programs:
- A completed application and a TOEFL paper score of at least 550 with an essay score of at least 4 OR an Internet TOEFL score of at least 79-80.
- A completed application and an IELTS score of at least 6.0.
- Students who have not completed the TOEFL or IELTS exam may be provisionally admitted to the Seminary based on their prior academic record. Before matriculating at the Seminary, students will enroll in the Rutgers PALS (ESL), which will issue an I-20 visa. Students enrolled in, or who have completed another accredited ESL program may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please see more detailed information here.
The M.A. degree requires the completion of forty-eight (48) course credits with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Within this total of 48 credits, there are specific course requirements for the concentration.
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Last updated January 20, 2018