Degree Requirements

Below is a list of degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree.

  • All credits are quarter credits
  • Years average is based on FT at 3 classes per quarter

I. Scripture

Six credits

  • Hebrew Scriptures
  • Christian Scriptures: Narratives or STMA 5380 Christian Scriptures: Letters

II. Systematic and Historical Theology

Twelve credits

  • Christian Anthropology
  • Christology
  • Theology in an Ecumenical Context
  • History of Ancient Christianity or STMA 5170 History of Medieval Christianity

III. Spirituality, Ethics and Justice

Nine credits

  • Christian Ethics
  • Ministry in a Multicultural Context
  • Contemporary Christian Spirituality and Prayer  

IV. Pastoral Skills and Ministerial Formation

Fifteen credits

  • Pastoral Care Skills
  • Fostering Communities of Faith
  • Ministerial and Theological Integration I
  • Ministerial and Theological Integration II
  • Ministerial and Theological Integration III

V. Worship and Liturgy

Choose one of the following two courses

  • Sacramental and Liturgical Theology or Theology and Practice of Worship

VI. Electives (9)



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