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Pastoral Care (Cert)

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Certificate (Cert)
1 year
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Start term
Fall, Winter

Why study Pastoral Care?

Encourage the wellbeing of others as they navigate various stages of their lives by offering them effective emotional, spiritual and practical support. Pastoral ministers take a leadership role in churches, prisons, hospitals and elsewhere in the community. From teaching Sunday school to being there for someone going through tough times, pastoral ministers provide invaluable care and counseling. During your practicum, you’ll acquire the interpersonal and group facilitation skills you need to be a significant support. By completing the certificate in Pastoral Ministry, you’ll be well-placed to work towards your Bachelor’s degree in Theological Studies.

Program structure

Program option

  • Certificate in Pastoral Care (30 credits)


United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

Additional requirements for admission

  • Interview
  • Letter of intent

    Applicants to the certificate in Pastoral Ministry must submit a letter of intent to the Department of Theological Studies:

    Concordia University
    Department of Theological Studies
    1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. (D 103)
    Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8

    Tel: 514-848-2424, ext. 2475

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

Fall term


March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Winter term


November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

  • Church leadership
  • Religious education
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Spiritual guidance

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