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Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
April 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Doctor of Ministry: Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy

MA_Theology.PNGAbout the Program

At Waterloo Lutheran Seminary we offer a doctoral program designed to equip the counsellor to function at a certified professional level, to teach and direct field study programs and research, and to provide leadership in specialized ministries. The program is intended for persons who already have competence in spiritual care and counselling and related disciplines. You will undertake advanced studies and training in the theological foundations of spiritual care and counselling in conjunction with post-practicum clinical education in the practice of individual, marriage and family therapy. The program normally requires two to three years of course work and clinical training, with another year for completion of a doctoral thesis.

Why Choose This Program?

Equip parish pastors and lay ministry leaders to reflect on the practice of ministry in preaching, worship, leadership and interfaith relations
Develop the necessary competencies to work together with faith communities, agencies, and social services
To undertake a professional advanced degree as opposed to a strictly academic degree (Ph.D.)
Develop expertise in an area that advances by interdisciplinary study, research and ministry
Flexible course options allow for completion of degree while working in congregation or agency

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must hold the MDiv degree or the equivalent of such a degree acceptable as a qualifying graduate degree for a post-degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy of the AAMFT, with at least an average of B+.  Computer literacy is expected of all WLS students.

Further admission requirements include adequate ministry experience (normally three years), completion of basic training in Pastoral Counselling Education (PCE), or a minimum of 250 face-to-face clinical hours with clients and 50 hours of individual and/or group supervision.  Applicants will submit both supervisor and self evaluations from any previous CPE/PCE units (if applicable) or verification of these clinical and supervision hours.  Interviews may be requested.

If a student has not taken TH664I (or its equivalent - see Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing, below) prior to entering this program, they will be required to take it in their first year of study as a co-requisite. Credit for this course does not apply towards the DMin program.

Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing

Applicants with a significant amount of practical experience, or those who have obtained graduate-level credit at other academic institutions may be eligible for credit or advanced standing towards their program.

To be considered, students may file a petition:

Program Requirements

The Graduate Calendar contains the most up-to-date program requirements, as approved by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Senate. The most up-to-date version can be found on the left-hand side of the Grad Studies homepage.

View the 2013-2014 Doctor of Ministry for program requirements.

Student Resources

The WLS suggests that all students make an appointment with their Faculty Advisor to ensure they are on the path to graduation. Please bring a copy of your course summary (available on your LORIS account).

To find out who your Faculty Advisor is, please contact Dr. Kristine Lund.

Application Instructions

Application instructions are below: