Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies – Marriage & Family Studies
Marriage and Family Studies Concentration Overview
The MAPS Marriage and Family Studies Concentration provides learners with a strong understanding of both the role of the family in the life of the Church and society, and the responsibilities involved in living out the covenantal relationship between God, man, and woman. This concentration would be an excellent fit for those learners who wish to:
- Serve as both diocesan and parish-based marriage and family life ministers.
- Conduct effective marriage preparation and enrichment programs.
- Promote the relational and spiritual well-being of couples and families.
- Provide front-line pastoral support for couples and families in crisis.
Holy Apostles College and Seminary requires M.A. in Pastoral Studies candidates to complete a 6-credit co-requisite sequence by taking PAS 602 Fundamentals of Practical Theology (Every Semester) as well as DTH 645 Nature and Grace (Spring). Following these co-requisite courses, an additional 12-credit Marriage and Family Studies Core is to be taken.
Core Courses for the Marriage and Family Studies Concentration
1. PAS 805 Trinity and the Incarnation
2. APO 512 Apologetics
3. DTH 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics
4. PAS 785 Pastoral Issues Concerning Human Sexuality
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 Marriage and Family Studies Concentration may be found in the Degree Plan below.
How Do I Apply?
Applicants for the M.A. program should follow the Graduate Admissions procedures.
Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
Apologetics – Professor Trenton Horn
Catechetical Ministry – Fr. Gregoire J. Fluet
General Studies – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
Marriage and Family – Dr. J. Marianne Siegmund
Pastoral Counseling- Fr. Gregory Lockwood
Spiritual Direction – Fr. Gregory Lockwood
Youth and Young Adult Ministry – Dr. Marc 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 who teach theology and philosophy must be approved by the Chancellor, make a Profession of Faith, and take an Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium.
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