MA in Pastoral Studies

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) degree is intended for those who wish to prepare for ministerial leadership in the Church, those with some ministerial experience, and those who want to improve effectiveness in their current ministries. Each student’s background and experience is considered in creating a meaningful course of study. The program combines theological study, a focus on developing pastoral skills, and the integration of these two areas. Students beginning the MAPS program may petition to receive advanced standing for previous work. Non-credit ministerial training and years of ministerial experience may also qualify toward advanced standing. This is determined based on transcript evaluation, an interview with the Assistant Dean for Academic Advising and Programs, and the approval of the Academic Dean following admission into the program.

Program Structure (48 semester credits)

  • 27 semester credits required courses
  • 3 semester credits Ministry Practicum
  • 16.5 semester credits elective courses
  • 1.5 Portfolio Course

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In addition to their coursework, all CTU students participate in spiritual formation that helps them integrate their theological coursework into their daily lives. For more information about formation programs at CTU, click here.

The graduate of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree:

  • Engages in constructive theological reflection on the Catholic scriptures and tradition, and the area of specialization in a faithful, historically critical and culturally and ecumenically sensitive manner
  • Demonstrates in practice the capacity for effective pastoral leadership in the specialized ministry including an understanding of its cultural and religious context.
  • Demonstrates progress toward integration as a minister/leader including growth in spiritual formation and a coherent theological vision.
  • Bachelor’s degree or qualify for Bachelor degree equivalency
  • Recommend at least three years prior ministerial experience, paid or volunteer
  • English language proficiency for graduate level studies.

Students enrolled in the MAPS program have the opportunity to focus elective courses in an area of their choosing or the option to enroll in a variety of elective offerings.

  • Asian Pastoral Theology and Ministry
  • Biblical Spirituality
  • Black Theology and Ministry
  • Certificado Academico en Predicacion Catolica
  • Hispanic Theology and Ministry
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Interreligious Studies
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Mission Studies
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Spirituality

Additional Information

Application Guidelines

Requirements for International Students

Critical Dates and Deadlines

  • March 1, 2020 – CTU Scholarship Application Deadline (all admission application material must be received by CTU by March 1, 2020 in order to be considered for scholarships)
  • May 1, 2020 –Application deadline for Internationally-based students
  • August 15, 2020 – Application deadline for US-based students

In addition to their coursework, all CTU students participate in spiritual formation that helps them integrate their theological coursework into their daily lives. For more information about formation programs at CTU, click here.