Master’s of Ministry Program Details
At this level the student begins to work in a more independent fashion and begins to pinpoint their ministerial focus and how it affects the larger Wiccan community. Acceptance into the program requires a Bachelor’s of Ministry from Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary or a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and a verifiable Wiccan Second Degree that demonstrates the students mastery of the WSTS core Bachelor’s Curriculum. If the candidate does not have a Bachelor’s Degree, then they can apply to enter the joint BM/MM Program, which will allow them to attain their Bachelor’s of Ministry from WSTS at the same time as they work on their Master’s of Ministry. All candidates will be required to take and pass the Wiccan Skills Assessment before acceptance into the program.
The Master’s study takes a minimum of two years to complete. Students need 48 credit hours total to graduate. This consists of the core required classes, field internship and the focus area coursework.
Field Internship hours will be required in addition to the above course requirements. The Field internship is overseen by the Seminary, but it is up to the student to arrange an acceptable placement. The Seminary reserves the right to accept or reject any proposed placement. The Seminary will assist in facilitating the student finding an acceptable placement.
Each Master’s Candidate is expected to perform sacred service with the Undergraduate program of WSTS. This includes facilitating workshops, programs, classes, and activities on the Second Life® platform and in person.
Specialty Areas of Concentration:
Wiccan Community Relations
Core Required Classes:
WICCA 530: Ethics and Wiccan Law
The ethics of clergy are studied with an emphasis on personal and professional behavior.
WICCA 550A, 550B, 550C: Introduction to Teaching
Learn the techniques of effective teaching, including practical methodology, communication and the psychology of teacher/student relations.
WICCA 510 : Comparative Religions
The competition between the Celtic and Roman churches, and the restructuring of relationships which violated the Pagan ethos. Explore the rivalry between matrifocal Paganism and patriarchal Christianity in the Dark Ages, and the legacy of the Inquisition.
WICCA 555A: Introduction to Church Legal Issues One semester course..
Explore the legal issues facing Wiccan churches and clergy, and discuss the best and most effective ways and means of handling any issue which may arise. Use of legal research resources will be covered.
WICCA 551: The Media
Discuss the effect the media has on Wicca and on the ATC. Explore ways in which students can effectively deal with the media.
WICCA 556: The Psychology of Leadership
Learn leadership techniques, skills and ethics, how to handle group dynamics and effective management of both small and large groups. Practical experience will be provided.
HEAL 530,531,532: Basic Pastoral Counseling
Introduction to the basic pastoral counseling skills that members of the clergy needs to master. Strong focus on responsibility and ethics implemented into the course material.
Wicca 598 Field Internship
Students will complete 2 semesters of an in person field internship in an area that compliments their focus area.