Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies is available 100% Online only.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Studies program is an award-winning professional degree program designed to prepare students to serve competently and effectively in contemporary ecclesial ministries and lay leadership, especially within parish settings. This includes religious education at all levels, catechetical leadership, and youth ministry. A primary objective of the program is to develop in students an understanding of ministry within the life and mission of the Roman Catholic Church. 100% of the program may be taken online.
The student must take 36 semester hours of graduate course work and complete the degree requirements with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. All students must complete two co-requisite courses, four core courses, four courses within the chosen concentration and two electives. All students are required to take the Comprehensive Examination as their Summative Evaluation.* There is a six-year time limit from entry into the program for completion of the degree requirements.
What concentrations are avaliable?
Holy Apostles College and Seminary offers the following areas of concentration for the Masters of Art in Pastoral Studies. This allows for each student to select an area of study that best fits their goals and passion. All concentrations are offered 100% Online.
MAPS Program Awards
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Master’s in Ministry Degree Programs (MAPS) | Ranked #2 Catholic and Ranked #6 among all institutions
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Master’s in Christian Counseling Degree Programs (MAPS) | Ranked #1 Catholic and Ranked #5 among all institutions.
How Do I Apply?
Applicants for the M.A. program should follow the Graduate Admissions procedures.
Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
Catechetical Ministry (White)
General Studies (Posner)
Marriage and Family (Siegmund)
Pastoral Counseling (Lockwood)
Spiritual Direction (Lockwood)
Youth and Young Adult Ministry (Tumeinski)
For a full listing of our faculty, please visit Faculty Listing.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to complete an MA in Pastoral Studies?
- The M.A. degree program may be completed in as little as 2 years.There is a 6 year time limit from entry into the program through completion of the degree requirements. Please see the Academic Catalog for additional information.
Is the program flexible for working individuals?
- Our 100% online courses make the M.A. degree program flexible for working and busy individuals.
Are the faculty members faithful to the Magisterium?
- All members of the faculty must be approved by the bishop in order to ensure fidelity to the magisterium.
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