Deepen Your Understanding Wherever You Are
The SCA University of Theology and Spirituality (SCA UTS) degree programs are designed to assist the busy religious professional by offering accessible, online courses that work around their schedules and from their location.
UTS offers Master and Doctoral Degrees in the following areas of study:
- Master of Theology Degree in Spiritual Care
- Master of Theology Degree in Chaplaincy
- Master of Theology Degree in Spiritual Direction
- Master of Theology Degree in Thanatology
- Doctor of Theology Degree in Spiritual Care
- Doctor of Theology Degree in Spiritual Direction
- Doctor of Theology Degree in Chaplaincy
- Doctor of Theology Degree in Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy
- Doctor of Theology Degree in Thanatology
The professors at SCA UTS are religious, spiritual care, and chaplain professionals working in the field, providing academic guidance to students throughout their program.
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Graduate Admission Requirements:
Application and Enrollment
The institution’s admissions policy is oriented to adult learners, including military members, who have previously completed baccalaureate degrees in ministry, chaplaincy, social work or equivalent for master’s programs and a seminary/graduate degree from an academic or professional institution for doctoral programs.
SCA UTS does not discriminate against and provides equal opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws.
The SCA University of Theology and Spirituality Admissions Team reviews an applicant’s ministry statement and assists the applicant with submission of any required documentation, including official transcripts. A ministry statement should include ministry experience and express the applicant’s personal commitment to the chosen program and why it would serve their professional needs. This is the core component of the application. Once a completed application has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, approximately two to three weeks should be allowed for processing and notification of the admission status. Once a prospective student is admitted into a program, they will be notified of acceptance by email.
A completed application includes:
- $75 Non-Refundable Application Fee
- Ministry Statement and Experience
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Official Transcript(s)
In order to be admitted, prospective students who are not citizens of the United States of America must provide official documents verifying their current authorization from United States Immigration and Naturalization Service to attend the University. All courses are taught in English and all applicants must demonstrate competence in the English language. This requirement may be met by submitting a diploma from a secondary school in a system in which English is the official language of instruction. If English is not the applicant’s primary language, the applicant may be required to demonstrate English proficiency.
Additionally, students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered for admission to SCA UTS on the basis of academic preparation and personal qualifications.
Prospective students send official copies of transcripts from secondary schools and colleges and universities to SCA UTS. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
Foreign Transcript Evaluation:
Transcripts for comparable undergraduate courses completed in a country other than the United States must be evaluated by an outside credential evaluation company before they are submitted to SCA UTS. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) members are acceptable sources for foreign credential evaluation and translation services.
All instruction is in English. The SCA UTS does not provide English language services. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of English proficiency through one of the following exams:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 57 on the TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test) or
- A minimum score of 61 on the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic exam is also acceptable with a minimum score of 6.0
- Duolingo English Test will be accepted with a minimum score of 95
- 44 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report
- 53 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET), or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE), or 650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)
We at the SCA University of Theology and Spirituality know how hard you have worked to gain your spirtual training. We are honored to accept previous education as credit towards your degree.
Transfer and Award of Academic Credit
Credit System Transfer Ratio
Applying for Credit
Students who intend to apply for transfer credits must submit the following with their Admissions Package:
Official transcripts or official foreign evaluations for all potential transfer credits.
Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Course descriptions for all potential transfer credits (if requested)
Transfer Credit Qualifications
College-Level Credits Required
Credit earned must match the level of the associated program. Credit must have been earned at an institution where the quality of the education can be verified. The University accepts credit from institutions that are accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education (USDE). Credits must have been earned while the University was appropriately accredited. If the University is unable to verify the accreditation status of the previous institution, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain documentation from the University documenting the accreditation status or other documentation that provides information regarding the quality of the education provided by the University.
The course completed must meet the course objectives of an SCA UTS course. Courses will be evaluated and must have significant comparable content in order to be approved for transfer. In some instances, additional documentation such as a course syllabus may be required in order to complete the transfer credit evaluation.
Courses that do not meet the specific content requirements of an SCA UTS course may transfer in as an elective.
Prior courses that meet content requirements must also meet the semester credit hour requirement for the course, or the equivalent for credits requiring conversion.
Master’s Degree Programs
Doctoral Degree Programs
Transfer Credit Appeals
Appeals of official transfer credit evaluations are intended for students who have had an official transfer credit evaluation completed and have previously provided sufficient supporting documentation (e.g., course description, syllabus, academic quality verification documentation, etc). Students should review the University’s transfer credit policies prior to submitting their appeal. Students who believe that their