Applicants for either a degree or a certificate in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling must complete the following:
Submit a completed Application Form or apply
online for free.
Provide a letter of intent not to exceed three (3) pages describing ones religious
or spiritual journey, including pivotal life experiences and instances
of helping others which embody a sense of calling to pastoral care,
counseling, or spiritual direction.
Have three official letters of recommendation from persons with whom you are familiar and who can speak to your academic suitability for graduate studies, your personal maturity, and your potential for the ministry of pastoral counseling or spiritual direction. If applying for the Spiritual Direction Track, one of the letters must be from your Spiritual Director, affirming that you have a regular, on-going relationship. All letters must be official, either on letterhead and in a sealed envelope, signed by the recommender or directly from the recommender via email.
Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. Once all admission
materials have been received and processed through the Office of Admissions,
the graduate Program Director/Coordinator will arrange for an interview,
if appropriate, following a review of all candidate credentials.
To begin classes in the fall semester, it is recommended that, in order to allow time for the interview process to occur, all admission requirements be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions by August 1st.
Similarly, to begin classes in the spring semester, it is recommended that all admission requirements be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions by December 1st.
For those who seek to enroll as a non-matriculated student (allows one to take three courses before enrolling in the program, but doesn’t allow for financial assistance) contact the department directly at 610-558-5572.
For more information, please call the Office of Admissions
and Financial Aid at (610) 558-5616 or (800) 9-NEUMANN or feel free to
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.