Master in Pastoral Studies Degree

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Master in Pastoral Studies program is to prepare Roman Catholics for lay ministry at a diocesan or parish level.  The degree is designed for Roman Catholics who do not seek ordination.  Graduates of this program will have a basic knowledge of scripture, contemporary biblical scholarship, the Christian tradition, theology, moral theology, and sacramental 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.

Program Goals

  1. Students will gain the skills and knowledge in the fields of interpreting Scripture, interpreting the Church’s past, and studies that are needed for effective ministry in non-ordained positions within a parish or diocese.
  2. Students will gain the skills and knowledge in the fields of leading the church through care, leading the church through formation, and leading the church into mission that are needed for effective ministry in non-ordained positions within congregations, para-church, or other social settings.

MPS Tracks

  1. Spiritual Formation and Care
  2. Roman Catholic Studies

For Further Information

Please contact Rev. Erin Cash, Director of Admissions, at (859) 280-1249 or ecash@lextheo.edu.


♦ Updated 05/10/18