Program Overview

This degree option offers multiple areas of concentration and provides depth of study in a particular theological discipline.  It can serve to prepare persons who plan to pursue future Ph.D. studies. In most cases, a total of 15 units in an area must be completed to receive the concentration.

Each concentration has specific requirements plus electives that are clustered in the student’s specific theological discipline and related fields, as approved by his or her advisor.

Islamic Education Track

The Islamic Education track provides a holistic approach to developing the educational environment in Muslim schools and organizations, designing curriculum, and attending to the needs of students according to research-based models. Coursework for specializations in Islamic Educational Leadership and Islamic Curriculum and Instruction includes grounding in Islamic Studies and professional development in the effective use of education technology.

The program is designed to be responsive to the educational needs of local religious, social and cultural contexts, as well as the vocational goals of the student. This concentration adequately prepares students for future Ph.D. studies.

BES3010 Islamic Ethics3 units
BTS3000 The Qur’an: Composition, Collection and Teachings3 units
BTH3025 Islamic Theology and Philosophy3 units
BES3021 Islamic Law and Legal Theory3 units
BHS3013 History of Islam3 units
Students must take two of the following courses:

TIR3001 Interreligious Dialogue and Leadership3 units
BMU3019/3119 Sunni-Shia Relations and Intra-faith Issues3 units
BIR3100 Abrahamic Faiths in Conversation3 units
Elective course in Interreligious or intra-faith studies3 units
Proposed courses, pending approval:
Foundations of Islamic Education3 units
Introduction to the Islamic Cultural Heritage3 units
Education Technology and Resources3 units
School Leadership, Board Management, and Change Agency3 units
Cultivating the Campus Environment & Professional Learning Communities3 units


Critical Pedagogy and Foundations in Learning Theories3 units
Curriculum Design, Development, and Integration3 units
Students can select courses from Bayan Claremont, Claremont School of Theology, the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, University of the West, and Claremont Graduate University to customize their degree programs to their interests and contexts.
BIS3161 Integrative Seminar I – Spring semester first year1 unit
BIS3162 Integrative Seminar II – Fall semester second year1 unit


TIS3075 MA Colloquium I – Spring semester first year1 unit
TIS3076 MA Colloquium II – Fall semester second year1 unit
The summative exercise, such as a master’s thesis, major research paper, or project, as approved by one’s advisor, must be completed within the final 2 semesters of enrollment.

Total 48 units

Spiritually Integrative Psychoterapy Track

This track prepares students to provide spiritually-informed counseling and psycho-educational services in congregations, agencies, and other settings. The concentration offers students preparation to offer counseling informed by spirituality, theology and religion.

Students concentrating in Spiritually Integrative Counseling take their clinical education at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy, located on the CST campus.

Students normally gain sufficient clinical and supervisory hours to apply for certified member status in the American Association for Pastoral Counselors; some employment settings and organizations require additional coursework, clinical experience, and/or state licensure.

First Year Requirements:

TSC3004 Theories and Practices of Spiritual Care3 units
Clinical Education (see specific requirements below) 6 units
TIR3001 Interreligious Dialogue and Leadership3 units

Second Year Requirements:

Clinical Education (see specific requirements below)6 units
Elective in Interreligious Studies3 units
THC3007 History of World Christianities3 units
TEC3001 Introduction to Christian Ethics3 units
THB3007 The Hebrew Bible in Context: An Introduction3 units
TNT3003 The New Testament in Context: An Introduction3 units
LTH3036 Systematic Theology3 units
Course in History of a particular Religion3 units
Course in Ethics3 units
Course in Theology or Philosophy3 units
Course in Scripture/Sacred Texts3 units
Course in History, Ethics, Theology/Philosophy or Scripture/Sacred Texts3 units
Courses in discipline, as approved by advisor.
Students in this concentration normally complete a clinical case study to fulfill the summative exercise.
Clinical Pastoral Education Prerequisite

Successful completion of one unit of CPE in a program accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, with an evaluation acceptable to the faculty in the field of spiritual care is required before students may begin their clinical training. Students who do not have this prerequisite will not be able to complete the degree in two years.

Clinical Training through The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy (TCI)

Students concentrating in Spiritually Integrative Counseling serve as interns at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy (TCI). No other placements are allowed, except those arranged by TCI. Clinical training begins in late August (the week prior to the School’s Fall orientation of new students) with a required three-day staff meeting and orientation.

The clinical training program at TCI does not follow the academic calendar; due to the intensive nature of the training and the needs of clients, students are on a year-round schedule and continue to serve their clients during school breaks, though vacation times are arranged through TCI. If students’ training must be interrupted due to unforeseen life circumstances, students must make up the time missed within 1 year from the time of interruption. In addition to the weekly meeting time, students schedule clinical work, research and study in preparation for clinical service, individual and group supervision, and other training meetings as required.

Additional Costs

Supervision Fees

Due to the high cost of supervision and other training expenses, additional fees are charged for SC3041, SC3042, SC3044, and SC3045. The amount of these fees is indicated in the registration materials for each semester. These fees are normally not covered by scholarship, but can be included in the overall financial aid package. The fee for the 2014-2015 academic year is $1,300 per semester.

Required Training Psychotherapy

 The effective and ethical practice of spiritually integrative counseling depends upon the caregiver’s continual cultivation of emotional and spiritual resources, self-knowledge, and ability to use herself or himself for the care of others. Therefore, students concentrating in Spiritually Integrative Counseling are required to be in psychotherapy during their clinical education. Students indicate that they have begun this requirement by requesting that a letter be sent by their therapist to The Clinebell Institute Training Director indicating that the psychotherapy has begun.

A total of 12 credits are required and students register for the course Spiritually Integrative Counseling Internship, as follows:

LSC3041 (Fall, 1st year) (CPE prerequisite)3 units
LSC3042 (Spring, 1st year)3 units
LSC3043 (Summer, 1st year)0 units
LSC3044 (Fall, 2nd year)3 units
LSC3045 (Spring, 2nd year)3 units
LSC3046 (Summer, 2nd year, unless graduating)0 units