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School of Theology and Ministry

M.A./M.S. in Nursing Dual Degree Program

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This program is designed for nurses with experience in clinical practice who wish to pursue graduate studies that combine theories and practice in nursing with studies in theology and exploration of the pastoral dimensions of caring.  It equips students for certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse, while also providing them with the theoretical foundations for integrating pastoral ministry and nursing.  Nurses educated in the dual M.A./M.S. program will be well prepared to offer advanced practice nursing across the life span.  For nurses committed to addressing the spiritual dimensions of nursing care in any setting, the degree will enhance both their nursing practice and their participation in a community of Christian faith.  Students may complete the dual degrees in approximately 3 years of full-time study.

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Program Requirements

  • Students must apply and be accepted independently to the STM for the M.A. in Theology and Ministry and to the CSON for the M.S. in Nursing.
  • Students may begin their studies in either the STM or CSON.  CSON requirements are sequenced as detailed in the catalog but STM requirements need not be.  Students must follow the policies of each program regarding part-time and full-time study in fulfillment of degree requirements.
  • The entire dual program must be completed within six years.
  • Students are to develop an appropriate course of studies by working with designated faculty advisors in each of the two degree programs.
  • Students must follow the relevant policies of each program in academic requirements, financial aid, registration and all other matters. For further details, refer to the CSON Student Handbook and the STM Student Guide.
  • All students must enroll in Holistic Formation during their first academic year, regardless of whether they are taking primarily STM or CSON courses.

Student Advisement

The CSON and the STM assign each student faculty advisors in their respective schools when a student begins his or her program of studies for the dual degree. Students are encouraged to meet with advisors in each school to plan their individual programs.

As with all dual degree programs, initiative and planning are necessary to navigate two graduate schools.  Students are encouraged to plan out their studies as much as possible so all required classes can be completed in the three year timeframe.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition is paid to the school in which the dual degree student is currently enrolled.  If a full-time student is taking some courses in each of the two schools, s/he should pay tuition to the school in which s/he is enrolled more than part-time.  Financial aid packages are provided by each school independently.  Students must apply for financial aid in each school.

Prerequisities for Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • You must also apply and be admitted to the Connell School of Nursing in order to pursue the dual degree program