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M.A. Degree Sequence and Courses

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Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is designed to prepare participants to serve competently and effectively in contemporary ecclesial ministries and leadership, especially in Catholic parish ministries, religious education on all levels, spirituality and spiritual development, youth ministry and catechetical leadership, or as a mission leader in Catholic healthcare or education.

 The 36 semester hour degree plan encompasses three areas of study: scripture, theology (including the historical, sacramental, liturgical, moral and ecclesial aspects) and ministry, and normally culminates with an individually designed supervised Pastoral Project. 


Degree Outline

The degree plan requires thirty-six (36) semester hours, distributed as follows:

  1. Scripture—6 credits
  2. Theology—12 credits
  3. Ministry—12 credits
  4. PMIN 6352 Program Planning and Evaluation
  5. PMIN 63CS Pastoral Project

Students may complete a concentration in Mission Leadership, Parish Leadership, or Catechesis and Formation. With the permission of the director, the degree can be completed without a concentration in order to more closely tailor it to a particular student's needs. 



In the Archdiocese of San Antonio, catechists and Catholic school teachers may be eligible to earn level 2 or 3 certification credit through non-credit participation in Pastoral Institute courses and workshops. Contact Gloria Zapiain at the ACC, 210-734-2620, ext. 202, for further information and requirements.