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Master of Arts (MA) in Pastoral Ministry

Charisma University's Master of Pastoral Ministry is a comprehensive effort to explore the mystery of God's working in society through the people of God. This focused theological vision, emphasized by the Second Vatican Council and through ecumenical conversations, empowers church members to fully engage in life and ministry. The Master of Pastoral Ministry at Charisma University develops lay ministers and deacon aspirants who serve in parishes, hospice programs, schools, hospitals, archdiocesan administrative offices, and private practice. Through this program, students are provided with firm theological foundations, fundamental ministerial skills, and resources for ministry. Cast opportunities are available for the development of personal spirituality and a professional ministerial network.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Gain the competence for social work and pastoral ministry through integration of theological understanding with the theories and practice of social work.
  • Demonstrate preparedness for applied learning experiences with professional supervision through two field internships.
  • Apply theological reflection as a tool for pastoral planning and personal development.
  • Demonstrate ministerial competence appropriate to chosen fields of specialization.
  • Discuss specific pastoral issues within particular pastoral settings and cultural contexts.
  • Demonstrate personal spiritual maturity.

Course Requirements

Foundation Courses (24 Credits)

Thesis (6 Credits)

Students must complete the below thesis course from below. This course is valued as 6 Credits.

GRES 690 Master's Thesis (must be taken at the last semester of the program, valued as 6 credits); thesis guidelines

Electives Section A: Social Justice and Advocacy (3 Credits)

Students must complete one course from electives section A. Each course is valued as 3 Credits.

ThM 530 Justice and Peace
MPS 583 Missiology
MPS 594 Sociology of Religion

Electives Section B: Retreat Directing (3 Credits)

Students must complete one course from electives section B. Each course is valued as 3 Credits.

MPS 605 Theology of Creation
MPS 620 Spiritual Theology

Total credits for Master of Arts (MA) in Pastoral Ministry is 36. Please refer to the University Catalog University Catalog or website for admissions requirements; transfer credits policy; and tuition fees.