Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies

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Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies Overview

The Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies is a 30 credit hour, fully online program designed to give students, who hold a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies, an opportunity to advance their academic standing and concentrate on an area of Pastoral Studies. The certificate offers areas of concentration in the following:

  • Marriage and Family Studies
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • Catechetical Ministry

This certificate program may be completed 100% online. There is a six year time limit from entry into the program for completion of the requirements. This is a flexible program, designed to prepare students for subsequent licentiate or doctoral work, or for integrating a pastoral component into their lives and professions.

Coursework

The candidate for the Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies may compose his or her program from any graduate level courses he or she wishes, as long as four core courses are included:

  • PAS 683  – Pastoral Counseling I: Spiritual Helping and Accompaniment
  • PAS 511  – Mission and Evangelization
  • MTH 841 – Catholic Social Teaching
  • PAS 720   – Nurturing the Domestic Church: Fostering Authentic Marriage and Family Life and Spirituality

Course Plan Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies

In the case of a student who intends to pursue licentiate or doctoral work, careful attention must be paid to compose his or her program from course work which will fulfill admissions requirements for the intended future college or university program. In some cases, it may be advisable for a student to approve each semester’s course selection(s) with the future institution of study, to ensure a smooth transition from Holy Apostles Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies program into a licentiate or doctoral program.

Certificate Requirements

The Post Master’s Certificate Program in Pastoral Studies requirements must be completed with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. For purposes of retaining a consistency and integrity in its Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies program, Holy Apostles requires that a twelve credit core curriculum be completed within the program by each candidate.

All Post Master’s Certificate candidates must integrate the following core courses into their program:

  • PAS 683  – Pastoral Counseling I: Spiritual Helping and Accompaniment
  • PAS 511  – Mission and Evangelization
  • MTH 841 – Catholic Social Teaching
  • PAS 720   – Nurturing the Domestic Church: Fostering Authentic Marriage and Family Life and Spirituality.

Course requirements for areas of concentration are identical to those of the online M.A. in Pastoral Studies program. In cases where a student has already taken any of these core courses, or comparable courses on the graduate level, the requirement may be waived by the Academic Dean.

A maximum of six graduate credits toward the Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies will be accepted by Holy Apostles for transfer. These credits must be from accredited colleges, must not have been applied to a degree, and must be applicable to the Post Master’s Certificate Program in Pastoral Studies. Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the Academic Dean.

The student must write a culminating paper of 30 pages under the guidance of an academic advisor.

How Do I Apply?

Applicants for the M.A. program should follow the Graduate Admissions procedures. For additional questions or information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Rex, Director of Graduate Admissions at erex@holyapostles.edu

What Are Available Career Paths With This Certificate?
Director of Family Life
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Young Adult Ministry Coordinator
Spiritual Director
Director of Religious Education
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