Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (M.A.P.M.)
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (M.A.P.M.) degree aims to prepare men and women for leadership and service roles in a variety of lay ministries, such as parish pastoral ministry, pastoral care of the sick, grief ministry, social ministries (Christian service, prison ministry, etc.), and various ecclesial ministries requiring pastoral leadership. The degree program consists of general theological education integrated with pastoral studies whichemphasize ministerial skills.
Goals and Objectives
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degree program is designed to guide the student in developing the following attitudes and competencies:
- To understand and articulate the Roman Catholic theological tradition as a basis for ministry
- To perceive and perform one’s ministry within the larger context of the mission of the Church
- To affirm the dignity of all persons and to respect and foster multicultural diversity and good ecumenical/interreligious relations within a faith community
- To work harmoniously with other ministers and lay professionals
- To see personal spiritual development as integral to fruitful Christian ministry
All students applying to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program must complete the following requirements for admission:
- Completed application form
- Official transcript demonstrating the achievement of a Baccalaureate degree or equivalent (determined by the academic dean), preferably a Bachelor of Arts degree; any other official and/or pertinent transcripts of graduate or undergraduate credits
- Prerequisite background courses:
- 12 credits in theology or religious studies
- 6 credits in philosophy
- 6 credits in the social sciences
- A brief autobiographical narrative which includes a résumé of educational and religious background, work or ministerial experience, and motivation for pursuing graduate study
- Two letters of recommendation indicating the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study in theology and ministry
- Interview with a faculty admissions committee, which includes the academic dean and the director of lay ministry
- Criminal history background check
Admission is subject to the approval of the Admissions Committee.
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry requires the successful completion of 48 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.7. In addition, students are required to participate in the Profiles of Ministry assessment before they complete 12 credit hours and to engage in annual goal setting for their ministerial formation.
The program consists of core theology courses, selected courses in pastoral ministry, and field education.
Electives are ordinarily pursued in theology and/or pastoral ministry. The Integrating Seminar, which serves as the exit requirement, enables the student to become aware of the interactive roles of experience, tradition, theology, and culture within a given ministry.
Course work for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is distributed as follows:
Core Theology 25 credits
- SS 512 Pentateuch 3
- SS 523 Synoptic Gospels and Acts 3
- ST 541 Fundamental Theology 3
- ST 611 Christology 3
- ST 672 Ecclesiology and Mariology 3
- MT 531 Fundamental Moral Theology 3
- LS 652 Christian Initiation 2
- Selected course in Church History 3
- Selected course in Spiritual Theology 2
Pastoral Ministry Requirements 14 credits
- PM 611 Pastoral Counseling 3
- PM 861 Ministry of Administration and Leadership 3
- *Selected courses in Pastoral Ministry 8
Field Education 3 credits
- FE 600 Introduction to Field Education 1
- FE 601-650 Selected field placements 2
Integrating Seminar 2 credits
- IS 800 Integrating Seminar 2
Electives 4 credits
Total: 48 credits
*Courses are selected in the area of Pastoral Ministry by the student, in consultation with the program advisor.