Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies – General Studies

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General Studies Concentration Overview

Courses provide the student with a strong understanding of pastoral issues in the areas of family life as they affect the activity of the Church in the pursuit of its missionary mandate and prepare students to provide direct assistance in the salvation of souls. To equip students with the skills needed to:

  • Educate students in the primary issues pertaining to family life for the purpose of their being able to engage others within them.
  • Prepare students for the kind of engagement that will be necessary to assist others in the fostering of strong family bonds.

Core Curriculum

Holy Apostles requires M.A. in Pastoral Studies candidates to complete a 6-credit co-requisite sequence by taking DTH 645 Nature and Grace as well as PAS 602 Fundamentals of Practical Theology. Following these co-requisite courses, an additional 12-credit Pastoral Studies Core is to be taken.

  • PAS 683 Pastoral Counseling 1: Spiritual Helping & Accompaniment
  • PAS 511 Mission and Evangelization
  • MTH/PAS/PHE 841 Catholic Social Teaching
  • PAS 720 Nurturing the Domestic Church: Fostering Authentic Marriage and Family Life & Spirituality

Four courses must be taken within each area of concentration, and these are clearly marked within each concentration.  The remaining two courses are electives and are preferably also within the concentration.


A candidate for the M.A. in Pastoral Studies is required to complete course work from the various areas of graduate study. The specific degree requirements for the Catechetical Ministry Concentration may be found in the Degree Plan below.

General Studies Concentration Degree Plan

Graduate Capstone
The Summative Evaluation is the capstone of the student’s academic work in the M.A. program at Holy Apostles College & Seminary. All candidates enrolled in an M.A. degree are required to complete a Summative Evaluation. Those enrolled in the M.A. in Pastoral Studies are required to take the Comprehensive Examination as their Summative Evaluation. (Students enrolled in the MAPS program prior to Fall 2017 may complete a thesis or special project in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam.) Full descriptions of the Summative Evaluation exercise are available on the Summative Evaluation page.
How Do I Apply?

Applicants for the M.A. program should follow the Graduate Admissions procedures. Applicants must submit similar materials for M.A. programs, however MAPS applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation instead of the normal two (2): one from an Academic/Mentor; one from a Priest/Religious; and one from a Ministry Supervisor/Counselor. For additional questions or information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Rex, Director of Graduate Admissions, by email at or by phone 860-632-3066.


Program Director:

Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund

Concentration Chair:

Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund

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 1.3 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 Holy Apostles Faculty 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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