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Graduate-Pastoral Ministry

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
The graduate program in pastoral ministry and its concentration in religious education are designed to prepare men and women for service to the Catholic Church, parishes, and school communities. Centered in a commitment to adult faith formation, the program welcomes individuals who feel called to deepen their faith and to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for leaders in the pastoral life of faith communities.  Because it is designed to integrate the academic, human, and spiritual dimensions of faith formation, the pastoral ministry program seeks to provide students with the theological and spiritual background foundational to pastoral ministry.  A critical component of this master’s program is the formation of a community of learners within a coherent and developmental model of education. In academics, this model enables students to progress through a degree program with their peers, and enhances not only the educational and spiritual aspects of the program but also reinforces a sense of community among adult learners.

Required courses

Foundational Theology
God and the Human Person
Perspectives on the Hebrew Scriptures
Perspectives on the Christian Scriptures
Jesus: Fully Human, Fully Divine
History and Mission of the Church
Moral Theology, Christian Ethics, and Society
Sacramental and Liturgical Theology
Spiritual Identity and Faith Formation
Ministry as Vocation
Arts and Skills for Ministry
Professional Readings
Pastoral Project
Required for Religious Education Concentration:
Theological Foundations of Religious Education and Methods in Religious Education in lieu of Ministry as Vocation and Professional Readings

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the graduate program in pastoral ministry, will obtain a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry, and will be able to:

1.    Investigate biblical, historical, ecclesial, theological, professional, and spiritual perspectives on pastoral ministry and apply these to examples and experiences of chosen ministry service and faith community leadership.

2.    Present their scholarly and professional familiarity with the theological and spiritual foundations of personal and community faith development through audience appropriate written and oral presentation.

3.    Demonstrate integration of the academic, pastoral, and spiritual dimensions of life through culminating assignments.

4.    Assess contemporary society and cultures to identify opportunities for the Church to fulfill its prophetic calling as a beacon of justice, hope, and mercy to the oppressed and suffering. 

For More Information
For more information about Anna Maria College's graduate program in Pastoral Ministry, including course details and admission requirements, please contact:

Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Admissions
(508) 849-3423