Master of Arts in
Pastoral Ministry

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Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM)

Is your calling in pastoral ministry? Develop your pastoral leadership and organizational skills with our Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM). Completion of this terminal degree will help you grow professionally, intellectually, spiritually, personally, and pastorally so that you will be equipped to serve the pastoral needs of the church.

Why choose pastoral ministry at Marian University?

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Not only is our vision to form transformative leaders, but our mission is to promote our Franciscan values: the dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation, and responsible stewardship. These values as well as guidelines for certification as an ecclesial minister provide a strong foundation for those who are called to serve God’s mission.

What will you study?

The MAPM degree offers graduate level courses in practical theology, sacred scripture, liturgy/sacraments, moral theology and ethics, spirituality, and church history. The courses are designed to provide an in-depth academic curriculum and pastoral engagement that link intellectual formation with personal and ministerial experiences.

The program consists of ten core courses, two required seminars on organizational and pastoral leadership skills, and two semesters of a supervised ministry experience. Students of pastoral ministry create life-long relationships. Small class-sizes allow for a learning environment where students reflect theologically on life and ministry.
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What are your career paths after graduation?

  • Pastoral associates in parishes (directors of faith formation, youth ministry, pastoral care of the sick and elderly)
  • Director of diocesan offices
  • Lay ecclesial ministry
  • Parish life coordinators
  • Catholic elementary and high school theology/religion teachers
  • Preparation for chaplaincy (CPE required)


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