Pastoral Studies (M.A.)
This program is offered online or on campus.
The Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in pastoral studies prepares students to serve in parishes, denominational offices, schools, hospitals, and other such organizations where leadership depends on skilled cultivation of religiously informed practice. This degree is also designed to meet the requirements for pastoral ministers set out by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Association for Lay Ministry. Courses include scripture, theology, spirituality, pastoral care and counseling, religious education, and ministry. This degree provides a solid foundation for students seeking to follow many different career paths that benefit from bringing religion scholarship to service.
Students admitted to the program are expected to have sufficient academic background to complete the program. Additional coursework may be required for students with insufficient background, raising the total number of credits required to complete the program to 42 or more. Additional coursework may include the following:
A religious education elective consisting of any course with the REGR course code numbered 5000-7999, as listed on our course listings page.
A pastoral ministry elective consisting of any course with the PMGR course code numbered 5000-7999, as listed on our course listings page.
Students with sufficient academic background are waived from these additional course requirements.
|PMGR 6510||Theology of Ministry||3|
|RLGR 6010||Old Testament||3|
|RLGR 6011||New Testament||3|
|PMGR 8030||Capstone:Pastoral Studies (MA)||3|
|One of the following Intercultural requirement courses||3|
|Ministry with Latinxs|
|ST Tutorial-Pastoral Ministry (An approved section)|
Another course approved the Pastoral Ministry faculty committee
|One Systematic Theology course:||3|
|Theology of Human Person|
|Church and Society|
|Sacraments: Theology and Rites|
|One Moral Theology course:||3|
|Education for Peace and Justice|
|One Spirituality course:||3|
|Ignatian Spirituality for Ministry|
|The Ignatian Way|
|Discernment in the Christian Tradition|
|One Pastoral Counseling course:||3|
|Human Growth and Development|
|Theology of Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care|
|Psychology and Religion/Spirituality|
|Death, Dying, and Bereavement|
|Two Free electives 1||6|
A free elective is any class within GRE. A list of these can be found on our course listing page.
The Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in pastoral studies program concludes with a capstone course (offered each spring). The course involves a terminal group research project on a topic determined by the faculty.