Adult Distance-Education
in our online
Fast-Track Seminary
Program -- Comfortably
and Inexpensively!
We are proud to have the esteemed Janice
Learman chair the Department of Counseling and
M.S.W. from the University of Buffalo, later went on
to earn a PhD, and obtained her state certified
social worker license.  She was appointed to the
Task Force on  homelessness, has been a Board
Member of Benedict House for HIV positive patients,
served on the transplant committee at Strong
Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., did Family
Caregiving Training at Catholic Charities, and holds


Your Masters or Doctorate degree can be in in one of
several seminary majors.  Examples include:
  • Divinity
  • Theology
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Parish Management
  • Chaplain Ministry
  • Master of Spiritual Social Work - MSW
  • Master of NGO / Mission Outreach / Development

Social Work and Spiritual Program Administration...or...
Social Work and Mind-Body-Spirit.  Minors can include
Family / Spiritual Counseling, Stress Management, Mental
Health Counseling, Psychiatric therapy, or Basic
Hypnotherapy Theory.

*  You may earn a Degree or a Professional Certificate

*  NON-DEGREE CERTIFICATION is also available in the   
areas of hypnosis, stress management, geriatric mental
health, Schizophrenic and Bipolar Disorder Caregiving and
Management, Grief and Bereavement, Death and Dying.

* Program leadership:   Janice A. Learman, M.S.W., Ph.D.


    ALL previous college / university credits will be

    great deal of difficulty transferring these fully-legitimate-
    but-old college credits into new educational programs.
    Unlike most colleges and universities, Saint James College
    routinely accepts all documented academic credits that
    you have earned previously at other institutions of higher
    education. This is true even for credit hours earned many
    years in the past.  As an example, if your credits were
    earned ten years ago, most schools require that you re-
    take large numbers of courses when you enroll in their
    programs. Naturally, this brings in tidy amounts of extra
    income for them. But, with Saint James College, we do not
    require you to retake previously-completed courses as a
    means of generating profits for our

    How long will it take me
    to earn my spiritually-
    oriented Masters or
    Doctorate degree?

    Not long at all for well-qualified applicants.  If you bring
    only limited pre-existing graduate-level college credit and if
    your "real-life experience" is limited in scope, it could take
    from one to two years of self-paced study. However,
    students with a bachelors degree (or with some graduate-
    level college credits or CEUs) coupled with a strong
    background in "real life experience," find it possible to
    complete their studies in several months.

    We are not a diploma mill but, sadly, the internet is
    plagued with many scams trying to separate you and your
    money!  At Saint Jams College Seminary, you must study
    and complete courses, or you must have the necessary
    background to enter our Adult Learner our Fast-Track
    Program©.  If you are a qualified applicant and if you
    invest the appropriate amount of time in our online
    distance-learning program, you may complete your degree
    as least as fast as (and possibly faster) than at many
    other schools. Each student works at a different pace, so
    it is up to you how quickly you can complete your studies.  

    Will you require a  thesis or dissertation?

    Yes -- or a project alternative.  Many students love to do
    research and are proficient writers.  These people and
    prefer completing this requirement by producing a
    traditional master's thesis.   However, we also offer
    masters students the opportunity to develop a project in
    lieu of a thesis.

    If you are involved in the creation of a new program at
    your work...have participated in adding a new service...or,
    perhaps, are leading a unique outreach effort, you may
    well be able to write up a professional report that will
    satisfy this aspect of your academic work here.  We do this
    because, frankly, even the best theses tend to gather dust
    on a bookshelf (sadly) whereas a project provides an
    actual real-time benefit to the community.

It is often a fact of life for
mid-career adult students
that their previous college
experience occurred in the
somewhat distant past,
frequently a considerable
number of years ago. It is
not unusual for Adult
learners to have a
What's Required for
an Masters Degree at
Saint James College

1. 60 credit hours are required
for a Masters Degree

2. Possession of a bachelors
degree is normally a
prerequisite.  However, as is a
trend today within academia, it
is often possible to enroll in a
program that leads to both a
bachelors and masters degree
If such a combined studies
option appeals to you and your
situation, we are occasionally
able to offer highly-experienced
adult learners the option of
obtaining a masters without first
earning a bachelors degree.  
This is, however, contingent on  
the student possessing
adequate non-degree
academic training and
significant real-life work
experience. In this situation, you
may be eligible for our "Real
Life Experience Fast Track

Here, we are able to
consolidate previously-earned
undergraduate and graduate
credits and combining them
with real-life career experience.  
We look at this in further detail

3. Your background should
typically be in the same
discipline in which you are
seeking your masters. For
example, candidates for a
Master of Pastoral Counseling
degree should bring to our
program academic experience
in a closely-related discipline
such as substance abuse
counselor, woman's shelter or
women's services worker,

counseling, psychotherapy,
psychology, social work, elder
care, Hospice,, or human
services background in a
closely-aligned field.

4. A portion of the 60 credit
hours required for a Masters
degree may include transfer
credits from earlier study (or
equivalent CEU credits) earned
at a previous college or
university. Alternatively, this
option may be met by  "real-life
experience" of candidates who
have participated in a related
field that the faculty recognizes
as equivalent to an internship or
practicum. For example, a
candidate for a Masters in the
area of Spiritual Life / Stress
Management could show
having previously earned credit
hours related academic field or
had professional employment
in an under-served area, a

ffamily practice clinic, a pain
management practice,
mind/body/spirit-oriented chiropractic
office, or professional licensed social

5. You May Choose between a
Thesis or Other Approved

NOTE: Under exceptional
circumstances, the faculty has
the authority to deem that
service previously-completed
by individual students may
satisfy theses or project

As we explain on our Charter and
Accreditation page, we are a
seminary college as opposed to
a secularly-accredited school.  
While our degrees are fully
legitimate and are academically
sound, regional accreditation
would result in our faculty and
tuition would increasing the
online Fast-Track Adult Learner
tuitions from a typical $5,000 to
an estimated $50,000 or more!

Regional accreditation is required
for state licensure
.  You must "do
your homework" and decide
whether or not you require a
license in your chosen field.  
Typically, these would be certified
social workers or state-licensed
teachers.  Please understand
that it is not the intent of our
seminary programs to prepare or
authorize graduates to go on to
achieve state licensing using our
degree as the qualifier. Our
program is solely designed to
provide additional spiritual and/or
clinical skills, pastoral care
qualifications.  We strive  to
introduce candidates to
newservice modalities, and in
cases not linked to licensing,
perhaps to enhance prospects
for career advancement.

We are fully
registered and

Saint James College Seminary is
operated as an inter-faith,
non-denominational, inclusive
spiritual and ethical educational
center of excellence by The Love
Church Worldwide. We are

Due to being owned by a
chartered religious
denomination, the government
requires that our degrees be
awarded with a relationship
to a church or spiritual  
You may sign your
name with your credentials, such
as Kathy Smith, M.S., or Larry
Jones, M-Div, but the government
correctly requires that your actual
Saint James College Seminary
diploma must indicate that you
have earned an ecclesiastical
Masters and Doctorate
Seminary DEGREE
Saint James
programs are
designed to help
you get
your life on a
new track!


    Saint James College Seminary offers masters
    degrees both in Pastoral Counseling and
    certifications/continuing education in a variety of
    spiritually-related counseling fields (Chaplaincy, Grief
    Worker, Stress Management Specialist, etc.).  In
    keeping with our mission as a seminary, each has a
    an ethical/spiritual component.     

    We confer masters degrees  in fields related to
    Counseling and Chaplaincy,  with majors in Spiritual
    Program Administration and Mind-Body-Spirit. We
    are proud to have as a member of our staff the
    esteemed Janice A. Learman. Professor Learman
    received her M.S.W. from the University of Buffalo,
    later went on to earn a PhD, and obtained her state
    certified social worker license.  She was appointed to
    the  Task Force on Homelessness, has been a Board
    Member of Benedict House for HIV positve patients,
    served on the transplant committee at Strong
    Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., did Family
    Caregiving Training at Catholic Charities, and holds
    membership in the National Association of Social
    Workers,American Association of Nephrology Social

    Dr.Learman served in
    administrative leadership
    positions overseeing a
    series of New York State
    family care facilities.  She
    also supervised a geriatric
    care program for Catholic
    Charities, and coordinated
    regional assessment and
    planning at the Rochester
    Psychiatric Center.

    Learman's extensive background also includes conducting
    workshops and training for women,geriatrics, chronic and
    acute medically ill as well as seriously and persistently
    mentally ill adults. She also has an extensive background
    in grief work in the Buffalo Center for Bereavement, and
    served as a social worker in Legal Services. Her wide-
    ranging career also includes child protection and foster

    Today, Dr. Learman serves as a victim assistance
    investigator throughout the southern United States as well
    as holding a top administrative position at Saint James.

When you send in your
application /
information form, we will
have a good idea as to
your professional and
educational goals.  This will
enable us to email you the
materials that are best
suited to the types of
studies you have indicated.