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Aquinas Institute of Theology, USA, Aquinas

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, M.A.

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, M.A.
  • Full-time
  • Duration : 3 years

Student Type

Indicative Fees

AUD 757

Study mode

On Campus


Course Highlights

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies prepares students for ministry in a variety of pastoral settings. Through coursework in biblical studies, systematic and pastoral theology, integrative seminars, supervised practice of ministry and other learning experiences, this program integrates theology and the practice of ministry with the development of a personal pastoral identity.

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. Aquinas Institute ministry degrees strategically combine strong academics, field education with mentors in ministry, and a spiritual formation program for lay students. Our graduates are well prepared and credentialed to serve the Church in effective leadership.


Programme Structure Courses include: Scripture Elective Introduction to Theology & Theological Method Supervised Practice ot Ministry (SPM) 1 Ecclesiology Christology Foundations ot Pastoral and Ethical Care Sacramental & Theological Foundations of Ministry Theology ot Worship Church History I or Church History II SPM II or Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Foundations ot Catholic Morality Integrative Seminar



Academic Entry Requirement

Applicants to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program should have adequate preparation in the liberal arts, including social and behavioral sciences, as well as some background in Scripture, theology and philosophy. 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

English Entry Requirement


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Aquinas Institute of Theology


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