The degree programs of the SCA University of Theology and Spirituality are designed to assist busy professionals by offering accessible, online courses that work around their schedules and from their location. UTS offers Master’s Degrees and Doctoral Degrees in the following main areas of study:

Master’s Degrees

To complete a master’s degree, a bachelor’s degree is prerequisite and 45 earned credits are required. Master of Theology degrees include:

Doctoral Degrees

To complete a doctoral degree, a master’s degree is prerequisite and 54 earned credits are required. Doctor of Theology degrees include:

Master’s Degrees

M.TH. in CHAPLAINCY

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Chaplaincy

The Master of Theology in Chaplaincy
The Doctor of Theology in Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy degree programs provide students with the skill set and knowledge to serve as a chaplain to individuals seeking religious guidance and faith instruction. This interfaith program is for chaplains who work in hospitals, prisons, first response teams, and with the military. Courses begin in January.
Master of Theology
Chaplaincy
(45 Credits)
4 Required Course (12 Credits)
CH335 Cultural Competence, Inclusion & Vulnerable Populations
CH327 Grief, Loss and Bereavement
CH328 Health Care Ethics
CH334 Powerful Communication Techniques
4 Elective Courses (12 Credits)
CH321 Advanced Directives
CH322 Alzheimer’s
CH324 Quality Improvement
CH325 Counseling Skills
CH330 Perinatal Loss
CH332 Death Dying
CH339 HIPAA
CH329 Pediatric Chaplaincy Care
4 UTS Required Courses (21 Credits)
MT321 Masters Project and Thesis Writing (3 credits)
2 Units CPE (12 credits)
Capstone Thesis Paper (6 credits)

M.TH. in SPIRITUAL CARE

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Spiritual Care

The Master of Theology in Spiritual Care
The Doctor of Theology in Spiritual Care

Our Spiritual Care degree focus allows professional care providers to expand their education to include working with a person’s spiritual needs as well as the biological, psychological, and sociological needs. It is designed for the multidisciplinary pastor, spiritual director, minister, clergy, chaplain, nursing, physician, counselor, social worker, first responders military, interfaith spiritual care providers and others who would like to expand their knowledge base and skill set in the area.
Master of Theology
Spiritual Care
(45 Credits)
3 Required Course (9 Credits)
CH335 Cultural Competence, Inclusion & Vulnerable Populations
CH334 Powerful Communication Techniques
CH328 Health Care Ethics
5 Elective Courses (15 Credits)
CH327 Grief, Loss and Bereavement
CH339 HIPAA
CH322 Alzheimer’s
CH324 Quality Improvement
CH325 Counseling Skills
CH330 Perinatal Loss
CH332 Death Dying
Anything from Masters in SD, Thanatology, Adult Learning, Satir, Pediatric Chaplaincy
4 UTS Required Courses (21 Credits)
MT321 Masters Project and Thesis Writing (3 credits)
2 Units CPE (12 credits)
Capstone Thesis Paper (6 credits)

 

M.TH. in SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Spiritual Direction

The Master of Theology in Spiritual Direction
The Doctor of Theology in Spiritual Direction

Our Spiritual Direction degrees provide training for individuals starting out in the field, and enable experienced professionals to expand their education to include a degree. The curriculum is interfaith, and multifaith in scope and practice.
Master of Theology
Spiritual Direction
(45 Credits)
8 Core Courses (24 Credits)
SD321 Introduction to Spiritual Direction
SD322 Mystic Traditions
SD323 Spiritual disciplines
SD324 Dynamics of Transformation
SD325 The Self and living a Spiritual Life I
SD326 The Self and living a Spiritual Life II
SD327 Professional Standards and Practice
SD328 Themes
4 UTS Required Courses (21 Credits)
MT321 Masters Project and Thesis Writing (3 credits)
2 Units CPE (12 credits)
Capstone Thesis Paper (6 credits)

M.TH. in THANATOLOGY

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Thanatology

The Master of Theology in Thanatology
The Doctor of Theology in Thanatology

Individuals seeking a degree in thanatology, or the study of death, focus on the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual aspects and mechanisms surrounding individuals who are dying and transitioning to the next life. Thanatologists offer insightful assistance to people who are dying and their families and other loved ones, and often are equipped with a plethora of rituals to assist people during these times. They regularly engage with those who have left mainstream religious communities and yet still need a facilitator or companion during this time in their loved one’s life.
Master of Theology
Thanatology
(48 Credits)
9 Required Courses (27 Credits)
TH321 Fundamentals of Thanatology
TH322 Death and Dying
TH323 End of Life Decision Making
TH324 Assessing Spiritual Needs of the Dying
TH325 Grief and Loss
TH326 Ethics in End of Life
TH327 Cultural Competence
TH328 Funeral Practices
TH329 Traumatic and Sudden Death
4 UTS Required Courses (21 Credits)
MT321 Masters Project and Thesis Writing (3 credits)
2 Units CPE (12 credits)
Capstone Thesis Paper (6 credits)

M.TH. in SPIRITUAL CARE NURSING

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Spiritual Care Nursing

The Master of Theology in Spiritual Care Nursing

UTS has partnered with experts in the fields of nursing and spiritual care – including the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing – to offer those who are interested in parish nursing, or interfaith nursing, a rich and in-depth degree in the art of spiritual care from a nursing vantage point.
Master of Theology
Spiritual Care Nursing
(45 Credits)
7 Required Core Courses (21 Credits)
SN321 Foundations as a Faith Community Nurse
SN322 Wholistic and Holistic Health
SC441 Theological Reflection
SN323 Spiritual Care Nurse as Collaborator
SN324 Health & Wellness-Global Community Nursing Concepts
SN325 Transitional Care
SN326 Advancing Spiritual Care Nursing
1 Elective Course (3 Credits)
CH334 Powerful Communication
CH327 Grief, Loss and Bereavement
CP420 Fundamentals in Human Interaction Process and Theory
4 UTS Required Courses (21 Credits)
MT321 Masters Project and Thesis Writing (3 credits)
2 Units CPE (12 credits)
Capstone Thesis Paper (6 credits)

M.DIV. in PASTORAL MINISTRY

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Pastoral Ministry

The Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry

The Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Ministry is targeted to the professional chaplain, spiritual director, spiritual care provider, thanatologist and other professionals who want to utilize worship, ritual, liturgy, preaching, and theological reflection to assist in their ministry. Often they are interfaith, and would like to perform weddings and funerals in order to facilitate healing in their clientele. We offer this degree to assist them in this process.
Master of Divinity
Pastoral Ministry
(45 Credits)-in development
8 Required Courses (24 Credits)
MD321Worship 1
Biblical Criticism
Liturgy
Principles of Preaching
Hermeneutics
TBA
TBA
TBA
4 UTS Required Courses (21 Credits)
MT321 Masters Project and Thesis Writing (3 credits)
2 Units CPE (12 credits)
Capstone Thesis Paper (6 credits)
 

Doctoral Degrees

D.TH. in CHAPLAINCY

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Chaplaincy

The Master of Theology in Chaplaincy
The Doctor of Theology in Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy degree programs provide students with the skill set and knowledge to serve as a chaplain to individuals seeking religious guidance and faith instruction. This interfaith program is for chaplains who work in hospitals, prisons, first response teams, and with the military. Courses begin in January.
Doctor of Theology
Chaplaincy
(60 Credits)
6 Core Courses (18 Credits)
SC441 Theological Reflection
SC442 Pastoral Formation
SC427 Support of Those Who Grieve
CH440 Narrative Theory
CH441 Advanced Counseling Skills
CP426 Spirituality and Mental Illness
6 UTS Required Courses (42 Credits)
DD422 Doctoral Project and Dissertation (3 credits)
4 Units CPE (24 credits)
Capstone Dissertation Paper (15 credits)

D.TH. in SPIRITUAL CARE

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Spiritual Care

The Master of Theology in Spiritual Care
The Doctor of Theology in Spiritual Care

Our Spiritual Care degree focus allows professional care providers to expand their education to include working with a person’s spiritual needs as well as the biological, psychological, and sociological needs. It is designed for the multidisciplinary pastor, spiritual director, minister, clergy, chaplain, nursing, physician, counselor, social worker, first responders military, interfaith spiritual care providers and others who would like to expand their knowledge base and skill set in the area.
Doctor of Theology
Spiritual Care
(60 Credits)
2 Core Courses (6 Credits)
SC441 Theological Reflection
SC442 Pastoral Formation
4 Elective Courses (12 Credits)
Any CP, CH, SC or Spiritual Direction 400 Level Course
SC445 Pastoral Formation and the Arts
SC446 Trauma-Informed Care and Suicide Prevention
SC447 Pediatric Palliative Care
6 UTS Required Courses (42 Credits)
DD422 Doctoral Project and Dissertation (3 credits)
4 Units CPE (24 credits)
Capstone Dissertation Paper (15 credits)

D.TH. in SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Spiritual Direction

The Master of Theology in Spiritual Direction
The Doctor of Theology in Spiritual Direction

Our Spiritual Direction degrees provide training for individuals starting out in the field, and enable experienced professionals to expand their education to include a degree. The curriculum is interfaith, and multifaith in scope and practice.
Doctor of Theology
Spiritual Direction
(66 Credits)
8 Core Courses (24 Credits)
SD421Foundations of Multi Faith Spiritual Direction
SD423 Perspectives, Ecology and Embodiment
SD422 Justice and Liberation
SD424 Learning from Mystics
SD425 Creativity, Expression, Methods, Tools
SD426 Ethics, Boundaries, Self-Care
SD427 Spiritual Assessment and Ethics
SD428 Creating your Practice
6 UTS Required Courses (42 Credits)
DD422 Doctoral Project and Dissertation (3 credits)
4 Units CPE (24 credits)
Capstone Dissertation Paper (15 credits)

D.TH. in THANATOLOGY

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Thanatology

The Master of Theology in Thanatology
The Doctor of Theology in Thanatology

Individuals seeking a degree in thanatology, or the study of death, focus on the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual aspects and mechanisms surrounding individuals who are dying and transitioning to the next life. Thanatologists offer insightful assistance to people who are dying and their families and other loved ones, and often are equipped with a plethora of rituals to assist people during these times. They regularly engage with those who have left mainstream religious communities and yet still need a facilitator or companion during this time in their loved one’s life.
Doctor of Theology
Thanatology
(60 Credits)-in development
6 Core Courses (18 Credits)
TH421
TH 423
TH 422
TH 424
TH 425
TH 426
6 UTS Required Courses (42 Credits)
DD422 Doctoral Project and Dissertation (3 credits)
4 Units CPE (24 credits)
Capstone Dissertation Paper (15 credits)
 

D.TH. in CLINICAL PASTORAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

University of Theology and Spirituality

School of Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy

The Doctor of Theology in Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy

Our PsychoSpiritual Counseling degrees focus on allowing professional care providers to expand their education to include working with a person’s spiritual needs. The curriculum supports those in the professional helping industry as well as those that have focused on Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy. Areas covered will be pastoral counseling, and multifaith sacred text counseling.
Doctor of Theology
Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy
(72 Credits)
10 Core Courses (30 Credits)
CP421 Human Spirituality/Development
CP422 Pastoral Counseling for Individuals
CP423 Premarital and Family Counseling from a Spiritual Perspective
SD424 Learning from Mystics
CP424 Spiritual Small Group Ministries
CP425 Spiritual Assessment and Evaluation
CP426 Spirituality and Mental Illness
CP427 Spiritual Competencies in Practice: Research and Evaluation
CP428 Spirituality and Care Ethics
CP429 Applied Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy
CP431 Spiritual Competencies in Practice (theory)
6 UTS Required Courses (42 Credits)
DD422 Doctoral Project and Dissertation (3 credits)
4 Units CPE (24 credits)
Capstone Dissertation Paper (15 credits)
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