Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry: Curriculum and Requirements

The curriculum for the degree has four main components and will help you to become a pastoral generalist.  These components include Pastoral Foundations, Pastoral Electives, Supervised Ministry, and a Major Project.

Pastoral Foundations (24 credits)
The Pastoral Foundation sequence is a set of eight required courses that are designed to provide the basis for further study and integration.  These courses include:

Human and Faith Development       Theological Ethics
Method in Ministry       Theological Research & Writing
Hebrew Scriptures       Christology
Christian Scriptures       Sacrament and Symbol

Pastoral Electives (9 credits)
These credits allow students to individualize their course of study from a range of elective courses based upon their pastoral and theological needs and interests

Supervised Ministry (3 credits)
This opportunity enables students to integrate their learning through field experience and theological reflection. Those specializing in a particular ministry can follow that field of study through their work in Supervised Ministry and Major Ministerial Project.

Major Ministerial Project
A Pastoral Project is the exit requirement for the M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. The project is intended to allow students to demonstrate their competence in integrating the cognitive, effective and practical aspects of the program in the form of a concrete project. Using the methodology of practical theology students identify a need, research it appropriately, implement a pastoral response and evaluate it. They then reflect on their experience in light of the courses they have taken and develop an integrative statement

MA in Pastoral Ministry: Student Checklist

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