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 Catholic studies that are needed for effective ministry in non-ordained positions within a parish or diocese.
  2. Students will develop their ability to think theologically within the framework of the Roman Catholic Church.
  3. 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 a parish or diocese.

Curriculum Overview

CREDIT HOURS
500 Level Courses
34.0
     SIS 570 The Three Rs of Seminary
          (must be taken within the first 8 hours of courses)
1.0
     Catholic Studies
12.0
          IF 580 The Roots of Doctrinal Teachings
1.5
          IF 581 Doctrinal Teachings
1.5
          IF 585 Sacraments of Initiation
1.5
          IF 586 Sacraments of Vocation and Healing
1.5
          IP 585 Early “Ecclesiology”
1.5
          IP 586 Developed Ecclesiology
1.5
          IB 580 Moral Theology: Naming the Issues
1.5
          IB 581 Moral Theology: Making Decisions with an Informed Conscience
1.5
     Interpreting Scripture for the Church
6.0
          IS 520 The Origin, Inspiration and Authority of Scripture
0.5
          Hebrew Bible
1.5
          New Testament
1.5
          IS Elective Courses
2.5
     Interpreting the Past for the Church
3.0
          IP 550 Early & Medieval Western Church: 100 – 15th Century
1.0
          IP 551 From Reform to Individualistic Freedom:
          16th – 20th Cent. Western Church
1.0
          IP Elective Courses
1.0
     Interpreting Faith for the Church
3.0
          IF 550 Theology & Theological Language
1.0
          IF 554 The Nature of God: Theology
1.0
          IF Elective Courses
1.0
     Leading the Church in Formation
3.0
          LF 550 Biblical & Vocational Foundations of Teaching Ministry
0.5
          LF 551 Congregation as Context
0.5
          LF 553 Stages of Faith
0.5
          LF Elective Courses
1.5
     Leading the Church Through Care
3.0
          LC 520 Pastoral Care Modalities
0.5
          LC 550 Creating a Congregational Culture of Care
1.0
          LC Elective Courses
1.5
      Leading the Church Into Mission
3.0
          LM 520 Pastoral Leadership Practices
1.0
          LM Elective Courses
2.0
600 Level Electives
8.0
          (Students become eligible to take 600-level courses when they have passed a minimum of 22 credit hours at the 500 level, including 8 credit
          hours of Catholic Studies courses and 2 credit hours in the field of the 600-level course to be taken.)
LM 677 Practicum
3.0
Research Paper
3.0
TOTAL HOURS
48.0

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For Further Information

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


 

♦ Updated 8/21/15