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Since 1983 the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries has been preparing women and men to enter professional ministries in Church and society.

The program offers the Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries in both face-to-face and online blended teaching formats. The degree program has five major goals:

  1. Theological Knowledge: Students will gain a broad theological foundation that will undergird inquiry into a select area of concentration. Foundatonal areas are Fundamental Theology, Christology, Ecclesiology, Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Theological Ethics, and Sacraments and Liturgy.
  2. Pastoral Proficiency: Students will develop pastoral skills, ministry knowledge, and liturgical fluencies in at least one key field of study relevant to Christian ministry.
  3. Leadership Skill: Students will become competent leaders dedicated to serving the Church and to creating community in parish and other pastoral settings.
  4. Justice Commitment: Students will demonstrate a critically informed approach to faith that promotes social justice for the common good, especially for the benefit of those in greatest need.
  5. Diversity Fluency: Students will become prepared ministry professionals able to function effectively in a diverse global religious environment.

Students and graduates of the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries serve in parishes, education, diocesan offices, and non-profits in a variety of roles such as:

The Program offers courses during the academic year from September through June, as well as during several summer sessions. The student body is richly comprised of Roman Catholics and Protestants, international students, laity, as well as priests and religious men and women.

Our mission is to prepare women and men to be compassionate and competent professionals working to transform lives, schools, and communities.