The Masters in Pastoral Studies program acknowledges the important role that the laity plays in the life and health of thriving congregations. The purpose of the Master in Pastoral Studies program is to prepare the laity for ministry at a congregational, diocesan, or parish level. The degree is designed in particular for lay persons who seek theological and biblical training to support the work of the Church, but who do not seek ordination. Graduates of this program will have a basic knowledge of scripture, contemporary biblical scholarship, the Christian tradition, theology, and for the Roman Catholic Studies track, sacramental and liturgical traditions. They will have skills in developing and executing programs of education, in administration of parish life, and in pastoral care and nurture of Christian communities.
Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
Thinking about earning your MAPS? LTS makes it possible for you!
- Flexible Scheduling
Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS)
“The thing that I love most about LTS is they way they integrate academics with the practical. I am able to take what I’ve learned in class and immediately use it to impact the Kingdom of God. “
What makes your experience at LTS unique?
- Prepares Roman Catholics for lay ministry at a diocesan or parish level, who do not seek ordination.
- Teaches basic knowledge of scripture, contemporary biblical scholarship, the Christian tradition, theology, moral theology, and sacramental traditions.
- Students will develop ability to think theologically within the framework of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Gain skills and knowledge needed for effective ministry in non-ordained positions within a parish or diocese.
- Bachelor’s degree, having earned a 2.5 or better
- A criminal background check
- Submit online application, essay, and a $65 non-refundable application fee
- Official high school and/or college transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
How It Works
The 12-month calendar system means that you can choose the months you take the courses. You may take as few as one class per month or take more when your schedule permits. Classes are offered each month for half-credit, one credit or two credits each. A half-credit course will last two weeks; a one-credit course will last four weeks; a two-credit course will last eight weeks. The short online courses require approximately 10-12 hours of weekly study per course. While completed online, this works is highly interactive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept people from all backgrounds?
Students at Lexington are diverse in age, denomination, race, geographic location, and gender. They have one thing in common: they all desire to learn more about the life of faith and answer a call. Students at LTS come from a variety of backgrounds; our students are engineers and teachers, nurses and parents, recent graduates and second-career pastors. At Lexington you will find your place in a community.
How many students are enrolled?
Lexington Theological Seminary enrolls students on an ongoing, monthly basis, so our enrollment numbers change frequently. In most calendar years we enroll around 125 students.
Do I have to move in order to attend classes?
No. The majority of your coursework will be completed online, so you do not have to relocate to attend classes. You can graduate with as few as 4 trips to campus!
How long does seminary take?
Lexington’s unique “at your own pace” schedule means that you can complete your studies on your timeframe. Most students at LTS attend on a part-time basis so they can balance their studies with their family life, work life and ministry. Most students take between 12 and 20 credits per calendar year.
Is LTS accredited?
Lexington Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). It is a graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), preparing leaders for the church since 1865.
How Much Does It Cost?
Lexington prides itself on being affordable. Tuition is $480 per credit hour, with all credit-bearing students being eligible for a scholarship. Our programs range from 76 credit hours down to as few as 24. All students are encouraged to use our interest free, fee free payment plan.