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Aquinas Institute of Theology, USA, Aquinas

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, M.A.

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, M.A.
  • Full-time
  • Duration : 2 years

Student Type


Indicative Fees

AUD 757

Study mode

On Campus


Course Highlights

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS) is the first degree program of its kind in the world. The program is designed to help catechists of the Good Shepherd deepen their knowledge and understanding of scripture and liturgy as well as heighten their professional development as ministers in the Church.

Career Opportunities

Career options for arts and humanities graduates: jobs you can do with a degree in arts and culture, languages, English, Irish, classics, philosophy, theology, performing arts etc. If you are graduating with a degree in arts or humanities, it's likely that you chose your subject for its own sake rather than as a means to an end or with a view to going into a particular career. Apart from teaching, there are very few career areas directly related to humanities graduates who wish to use their subject. That does not mean, though, that your career is not relevant to your job search.

Course Overview

Aquinas Institute of Theology is a Roman Catholic graduate school located in a former factory in Midtown St. Louis, Missouri. We are a Dominican-sponsored school partnering with the Jesuit-run Saint Louis University. It's a cozy relationship and great for students, who enjoy a close-knit community of 200 women and men, along with the benefits of a big University in our backyard. Aquinas Institute gives students intimate liturgies and the occasional potluck lunch. Saint Louis University offers a fitness center, student center, University library and the opportunity to cross-register for classes. Our students are seminarians, recent university graduates, retirees, accountants and soccer moms. Most students are Catholic, although several come from other faith traditions. Their presence enriches the conversation. I want to find another Master Course Aquinas Institute is a place where students know faculty members by their first names. Mixed into their graduate-level theological studies are midday prayer services and a weekly Mass during which faculty members preach, sing in the choir, or listen to student reflections. Groups gather in the lounge for lunch, where conversation bounces from movies to the magisterium. Graduate students who enroll in the MAPS-CGS program are offered theological and spiritual formation to under gird their catechetical training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based religious formation program for children from 3 to 12 years of age. A majority of the coursework is completed inregular on-campus courses or in a distinctive internet-enhanced format designed especially for students who cannot commit to on-campus study.


Programme Structure A portion of the required coursework includes formation offered by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; these formation courses may be taken anywhere in the world, provided required standards are met.



Academic Entry Requirement

Complete the Online Application Supply Two Writing Samples: Personal Assessment and Reflection Paper Submit Three Letters of Recommendation (applicants from religious orders must submit one letter from your religious superior or current formation director) Send the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (or GRE) Provide Official transcripts Submit a Non-refundable application fee Schedule an interview with the admissions director (in person, via phone, or via web conferencing)

English Entry Requirement


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Aquinas Institute of Theology


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