The Master of Science in Spiritual Care is designed for those called to a ministry of pastoral spiritual care in a variety of contexts: hospitals and health care settings including children’s, and veterans’ facilities; hospices; behavioral health and community care facilities; workplace settings; geriatric and rehabilitation centers; and congregational and parish-based settings. Skills and knowledge attained in this program may be transferrable to other areas of ministry including university, military, and prison chaplaincy.
Mental and Physical Requirements
Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Science in the Spiritual Care program must:
- Be able to speak clearly and professionally.
- Have communication abilities sufficient to interact professionally with others in verbal and written form.
- Possess critical thinking skills sufficient to think clearly and act appropriately in stressful situations.
- Possess interpersonal skills sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds.
Applicants to the M.S. in Spiritual Care program must:
- Submit an application online and nonrefundable $50 application fee.
- Present evidence of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Present current official transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended. Admission GPAs will be calculated based on credits and grades from regionally accredited institutions only. Transcripts must be mailed or delivered electronically to the Office of Enrollment Services from each institution attended. Transcripts will be considered official only when received directly from the institution and not hand-delivered by the applicant or faxed by the institution attended. Failure to disclose all colleges previously attended could result in denial or dismissal. Additionally, transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by approved credential evaluation companies. Please see Foreign Transcript Evaluations for more information.
- Present official transcripts for each College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) examination taken only if the applicant would like them to be considered for fulfillment of prerequisite requirements. CLEP scores reported on an official college transcript are also acceptable for this requirement.
- Present a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
- Present an updated résumé.
- Complete a personal essay or goal statement outlining career goals, the applicant’s desire to attend a faith-based institution, specifically AdventHealth University, and an explanation of the applicant’s call to pastoral ministry in a specialized context.
- Submit two reference letters from the following:
a. Pastor or faith community leader
b. Someone who knows your academic performance
c. Someone who knows your work ethic/experience
d. Someone who has known you for more than 5 years
- Successfully complete the personal interview.
Meeting the minimum standards for admission does not guarantee admission to the program.
Note: Competency in computer skills is assumed.
- Students seeking employment as a Board-Certified Chaplain at AdventHealth must provide evidence of a Bachelor’s degree in theology, religious studies, or similar degree from a AAA accredited Adventist university or college.
Other faith Traditions
Applicants who are not admitted to the Master of Science in Spiritual Care program during a specific admission cycle may reapply to the program for the next admission cycle as long as they have successfully met the minimum admission requirements. Reapplicants are expected to meet the published admission deadlines by submitting the following additional information to the Office of Enrollment Services:
- Application online with a non-refundable $50 reactivation fee.
- Updated official transcripts from any accredited institutions attended since the original application was submitted.
- Provide an updated resume.
In the Master of Science in Spiritual Care program, students will be deemed to be making continuous satisfactory progress toward the MSSC degree when they:
- Complete all scheduled courses with a grade of ‘B’ or better.
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00, on a 4.00 scale, or better in all program coursework.
- Met the general requirements for the Master of Science in Spiritual Care degree.
- Completed all required courses in the Master of Science in Spiritual Care curriculum with grades of “B” (80%) or better.
- In order to complete the one unit of CPE required for the degree, participant will be required to apply to the ACPE Center of their choice and be admitted to the CPE at the Center based on the on the interview and application process defined by that Center.
- Completed all required courses in the Master of Science in Spiritual Care curriculum within 72 months of their acceptance into the program.
Fall, Spring, and Summer Trimester
Admits per Intake
20 per trimester
Note: The MSSC is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.