Master of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership, specialization in spiritual care – VST

September 14, 2020 - December 31, 2025
6015 Walter Gage Road
The University of British Columbia
VancouverBCV6T 1Z1

September 14, 2020 – September 14, 2022

Offered by Vancouver School Of Theology

VST is called to educate and form thoughtful, engaged and generous Christian leaders for the church and the world in the 21st century. 

The specialization in Spiritual Care is designed for those intending to pursue vocations as spiritual care practitioners in settings such as health care facilities, prisons and correctional facilities. This specialization has been designed to be in sync with the BC provincial government framework standards as well as the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care certification requirements. Within 24 months students can meet the BC standards requirements for a spiritual health practitioner. An additional Advanced Unit and residency is required by CASC for certification as a specialist. These are normally completed post-degree.

This program provides an integrated approach to learning in which pastoral studies are intentionally
integrated with clinical experience in therapeutic methods. Student/interns are immersed into the modern health care team context and learn the pastoral leadership skills essential to ministering within an institutional setting. All students must pass a readiness interview with one of the VST adjunct faculty
CPE supervisors prior to being accepted into the program. Persons wishing to enroll should be aware of the emotional rigor that is part of CPE and be prepared for focusing full time on their studies if they wish to complete the program in 24 months.

This is a 48 credit-hour degree. Working full-time it can be completed in 24 months (this is an intense concentration of study and CPE units). Students have a maximum of seven years to complete this degree.

For distance students, one third of this degree must be accomplished onsite (the in-person time for CPE units is additional), and attendance at Orientation Week (September) is mandatory in one’s first year. 

For all VST master’s degrees, an undergraduate degree is required; and there are two application deadlines per year: March 15th and October 15th. Students can begin their studies in September or January. To learn more about tuition and fees visit:

For more information contact Julie Lees, Recruitment, [email protected]

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