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Welcome to the Graduate Programs in Pastoral Ministries (GPPM)

The Graduate Programs in Pastoral Ministries at SCU seek to transform hearts and lives through the engagement of theology and ministry for competence, conscience, and compassion in accompanying others. We are excited to announce that we now offering fully online options for a new Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy along with the MA degree in Pastoral Ministries. Lifelong faith formation is a part of the course offerings in all of the degree options.

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Are you looking to take your ministry to the next level? Earn your master’s degree in Pastoral Ministries with Santa Clara University. As a graduate student, you’ll be able to join in SCU’s legacy of accompaniment and justice while you continue your journey in ministry.

Complete the form to get in touch with an Admissions Advisor and receive more information on the program structure, curriculum, benefits and application requirements.

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Our programs will challenge you to engage in theological reflection, take risks, and take charge. Study what you love with colleagues involved in ministry.

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Because people believe in our programs and our ministers we are blessed with generous benefactors. 

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Schedule of Classes

Schedule of classes for each quarter, both on campus and at the diocesan campus sites, can be found here.

Now Completely Online MA in Pastoral Ministries

Now the renowned Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries is available completely online as well as in hybrid and in-person modalities. Read the press release

New Online Graduate Certificate in Restorative Justice & Chaplaincy first at SCU

This first online graduate certificate at SCU expands upon a popular offering from GPPM for the past three years, in which Master’s of Arts students could focus on an emphasis in Restorative Justice and ChaplaincyRead the press release

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