Purpose

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies is a graduate degree preparing students for ministry and pastoral leadership.

Admissions

For admissions process and requirements, please refer to the admissions section of this document.

Goals

  1. Intellectual Goal: To understand and communicate the Catholic faith grounded in Scripture and Tradition, in the context of the contemporary world.

    • Learning Outcome: To demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of Catholic theology grounded in Scripture and Tradition.

    • Learning Outcome: To demonstrate an ability to communicate accurately and persuasively the Catholic faith, both orally and in writing, grounded in Scripture and Tradition.

  2. Human Goal: To commit to life-long integration of the intellectual, spiritual and psychological dimensions of one’s ministerial identity.

    • Student Learning Outcome: To demonstrate personal accountability and professional conduct as a lay ecclesial minister.

    • Student Learning Outcome: To demonstrate a commitment to continue one’s theological and pastoral education.

  3. Spiritual Goal: To discern, adopt and practice a Christian spirituality appropriate to lay ecclesial ministry.

    • Learning Outcome: To demonstrate a commitment to personal prayer and the liturgical and sacramental life of the Church.

    • Learning Outcome: To demonstrate an ability to reflect on human experience within the context of faith.

  4. Pastoral Goal: To acquire the pastoral skills of leadership, collaboration, and cultural sensitivity.

• Learning Outcome: To demonstrate an ability to meet pastoral needs in various cultural contexts.

• Learning Outcome: To demonstrate an ability to collaborate with others and to call forth the gifts of others for the sake of the pastoral setting.

Course of Study (48 credit hours total)

Theological Core (26 credit hours)

ST 500 Theological Methodology* 2 cr
SS 521 Method and Penateuch 3 cr
SS 525 Synoptics 3 cr
SS 625 Pauline Literature 3 cr
ST 5351 Human Person and Grace 2 cr
ST 6351 Nature and Mission of the Church 2 cr
ST 650 Trinitarian and Christological Foundations of the Christian Faith 3 cr
MT 675 Foundations of the Christian Moral Life 3 cr
LS 575 The Sacramental Life of the Church 2 cr
SP 735 History of Christian Spirituality 3 cr
 

*ST 500 must be taken in conjunction with IS 505 Theological Research and Writing, 1 cr.

 

The balance of a student’s additional course work is determined by his/her choice of concentration:

 

Education Concentration:

Required (12 credit hours)

EDU 3120

Educational Psychology

4 cr

EDU 4400

Behavior Management in the Classroom

2 cr

EDU 4590

Theory and Techniques of Instruction

4 cr

 

EV 500

(The above are offered through Madonna University)

Evangelization and Catechesis

 

2 cr

 

Electives (4 credit hours):

Chosen with the approval of the student’s academic advisor

 

Integrating Studies (6 credit hours):

IS 885-888 M.A.P.S. Formation (4 courses)* ½ cr each IS 850 Student Teaching** 4 cr

 

Pastoral Ministry Concentration:

Required (9 credits):

ST 501

Theology of Mission and Ministry

2 cr

SP 690

Human and Spiritual Adult Development

2 cr

EV 680

Pastoral Care Across Cultures

2 cr

NE 865

Theology of the New Evangelization

3 cr

 

Electives (9 credit hours credits):

Chosen with the approval of the student’s academic advisor

 

Integrating Studies (4 credit hours):

IS 885-888 M.A.P.S. Formation (4 courses) 1/2 cr each
IS 891 M.A.P.S. Supervised Ministry (OR) 2 cr†
IS 8921  M.A.P.S. Integrating Project:  Research &  Design 1 cr
IS 8922 M.A.P.S. Integrating Project:  Implementation & Writing 1 cr‡

 

Spirituality Concentration:

Required (11 credits):

SP 680

Pastoral Care Across Cultures

2 cr

SP 690

Human and Spiritual Adult Development

2 cr

SP 751

Theology of Christian Prayer

2 cr

SP 745

Christian Discernment

2 cr

NE 865

Theology of the New Evangelization

3 cr

 

Electives (7 credits):

Chosen with the approval of the student’s academic advisor

 

Integrating Studies (4 credit hours):

IS 885-888 M.A.P.S. Formation (4 courses) 1/2 cr each
IS 891 M.A.P.S. Supervised Ministry (OR) 2 cr†
IS 8921 M.A.P.S. Integrating Project:  Research & Design** 1 cr
IS 8922 M.A.P.S. Integrating Project:  Implementation** & Writing 1 cr‡

In addition to the above, students choosing the Spirituality concentration are required to make one directed retreat during his/her course of study. The student may choose one eight day retreat or two three day retreats.

 

Healthcare Concentration:

Required (13 credits):

EV 680

Pastoral Care Across Cultures

2 cr

SP 690

Human and Spiritual Adult Development

2 cr

MT 7501

Bioethical Issues in Healthcare

3 cr

PM 715

Pastoral Care of the Sick

3 cr

NE 865

Theology of the New Evangelization

3 cr

 

Electives (5 credits):

Chosen with the approval of the student’s academic advisor

 

Integrating Studies (4 credit hours):

IS 897 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 4 cr

 

New Evangelization Concentration:

Required (13 credits):

EV 680

Pastoral Care Across Cultures

2 cr

SP 690

Human and Spiritual Adult Development

2 cr

NE 865

Theology of the New Evangelization

3 cr

NE 872

Models of Evangelization

3 cr

NE 871

Cultural Milieu of the New Evangelization

3 cr

 

Suggested Electives (5 credits):

Chosen with the approval of the student’s academic advisor

 

Integrating Studies (4 credit hours):

IS 885-888 M.A.P.S. Formation (4 courses)* 1/2 cr each
NE 876 Evangelization Practicum 2 cr

*All formation courses are to be taken in the student’s first two years of the M.A.P.S. program,beginning in the first fall term of the student’s studies and for four consecutive fall and winter terms.

 

**To be taken in the student’s final year of the M.A.P.S. program

 

†IS 8911 Continuing M.A.P.S. Supervised Ministry (1 credit) is provided for the student who does not complete his/her supervised ministry during the semester for which he/she registered for IS 891. The student must register for IS 8911 each semester beyond the initial semester that is necessary for the student to com- plete the supervised ministry. These accumulated credits do not count toward a degree nor are they figured into the student’s GPA. Students are encouraged to maintain frequent contact with the dean of the Institute for Ministry throughout their supervised ministry experience.

 

‡IS 8923 Continuing M.A.P.S. Integrating Project (1 credit) is provided for the student who does not com- plete his/her integrating project during the semester for which he/she registered for IS 8922. The student must register for IS 8923 each semester beyond the initial semester that is necessary for the student to com- plete the integrating project. These accumulated credits do not count toward a degree nor are they figured into the student’s GPA. Students are encouraged to maintain frequent contact with their Integrating Project supervisor until they complete their integrating project.

 

Spiritual Direction

All M.A.P.S. students are required to be in spiritual direction with an approved director.

Mentoring

All M.A.P.S. students are encouraged to work with a mentor throughout their tenure in the M.A.P.S. program. The mentor serves as a companion and guide for the student’s human, spiritual, and pastoral growth.

Annual Interview with the Dean of the Institute for Ministry

The dean of the Institute for Ministry will meet individually with each M.A.P.S. student each academic year. 

 

 

Program Requirements

  1. A minimum of 48 credit hours must be earned through completion of the course of study.

  2. A maximum of 16 hours may be applied to the degree from other institutions or from other credit earning options.

  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 is required.

  4. This program must be completed in six years after matriculation. Under extenuating circumstances, a student may request an extension in writing to the dean of studies.

  5. Students must complete a one credit course in graduate theological research, IS 505 Theological Research and Writing. This course must be done in conjunction with ST 500 Theological Methodology, and should be done within the student’s first year of study. The course is graded pass/fail; credits earned do not count toward the 48 credits required in total for the degree.

  6. Students must participate in an assessment of the academic program, including completion of a Graduating Student Questionnaire during their final year of study.

See a complete list of our Graduate Course Descriptions.

See our Bulletins for this and past academic years.

Admissions

Admissions information for this program can be found on the Graduate Admissions page.