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Theological and Pastoral Studies, Master of Arts

Theological and Pastoral Studies, Master of Arts

Theological & Pastoral Studies, putting faith into action.

A graduate education at Ursuline College is an opportunity for transformation. It equips students with the knowledge and skills they need for a new career or a new direction in life.

Graduate education is a vital component of Ursuline’s mission, offering programs that prepare men and women for their lives as intellectuals and professionals. Each program builds on a strong undergraduate foundation and provides for continued comprehensive development in the student’s selected area of study. All graduate programs offer a robust theoretical grounding for students, extended with discipline-specific knowledge and integrated through reflective practice. Not only do the graduate programs at Ursuline College address the significant issues facing society today, they also prepare students for visionary leadership that enables them to meet the challenges of the future.

The Master of Arts in Theological & Pastoral Studies program at Ursuline College prepares women and men for professional work in the church and in society. Grounded solidly in the Catholic and Ursuline tradition, the program has, from its inception, welcomed students of all denominations, and in recent years, has been increasingly deliberate in reflecting a more broadly ecumenical approach in its course content and curricular offerings, as well as in the makeup of its leadership team. Ursuline’s Master of Arts in Theological & Pastoral Studies degree will prepare you to serve in a broad range of pastoral and ministerial settings, both in the church and in the world.

The Master of Arts in Theological & Pastoral Studies program is designed for women and men who are called to leadership and service in the church and in the world, and is ideally suited for:

  • Current parish staff who want to retool or refresh their knowledge and skills to better serve the people of God in the 21st century;
  • Women and men currently serving in active ministry who want to grow intellectually and spiritually;
  • Women and men pursuing a call to ministry who seek spiritual formation, a rigorous and high quality academic program, and hands-on experience in the field of ministry

Theological & Pastoral Studies, putting faith into action.

A graduate education at Ursuline College is an opportunity for transformation. It equips students with the knowledge and skills they need for a new career or a new direction in life.

Graduate education is a vital component of Ursuline’s mission, offering programs that prepare men and women for their lives as intellectuals and professionals. Each program builds on a strong undergraduate foundation and provides for continued comprehensive development in the student’s selected area of study. All graduate programs offer a robust theoretical grounding for students, extended with discipline-specific knowledge and integrated through reflective practice. Not only do the graduate programs at Ursuline College address the significant issues facing society today, they also prepare students for visionary leadership that enables them to meet the challenges of the future.

The Master of Arts in Theological & Pastoral Studies program at Ursuline College prepares women and men for professional work in the church and in society. Grounded solidly in the Catholic and Ursuline tradition, the program has, from its inception, welcomed students of all denominations, and in recent years, has been increasingly deliberate in reflecting a more broadly ecumenical approach in its course content and curricular offerings, as well as in the makeup of its leadership team. Ursuline’s Master of Arts in Theological & Pastoral Studies degree will prepare you to serve in a broad range of pastoral and ministerial settings, both in the church and in the world.

The Master of Arts in Theological & Pastoral Studies program is designed for women and men who are called to leadership and service in the church and in the world, and is ideally suited for:

  • Current parish staff who want to retool or refresh their knowledge and skills to better serve the people of God in the 21st century;
  • Women and men currently serving in active ministry who want to grow intellectually and spiritually;
  • Women and men pursuing a call to ministry who seek spiritual formation, a rigorous and high quality academic program, and hands-on experience in the field of ministry

Ursuline’s Master of Arts in Theological & Pastoral Studies degree will prepare you to serve in a broad range of pastoral and ministerial settings, both in the church and in the world. Our graduates serve in a variety of ministries, including parish ministry, youth ministry, Christian education, campus ministry, social justice ministries, prison ministries, chaplaincy and hospice.

The Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies degree requires 36 credit hours of graduate work. Coursework is generally offered in a traditional semester format. Fall and spring courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings, following the regular academic calendar. Courses offered during the summer are structured in an intensive format designed to meet the needs of working adults. At least once a semester students meet with an advisor and evaluate the goals they set at the time of their assessment in the areas of academic course work, pastoral skill development and spiritual growth.


Core Requirements

  • TPS 610 Foundations of Theology
  • TPS 641 Christian Scriptures
  • TPS 642 Hebrew Scriptures
  • TPS 643 Pastoral Care and Counseling I
  • TPS 644 Liturgy and Sacraments
  • TPS 700 Final Integration Project

Specialization Core Requirements 

  • TPS 654 Ministry and Spirituality
  • TPS 655 Pastoral Care and Counseling II

Choose one of the following Theology electives:

  • TPS 661 Christology 3
  • TPS 662 Christian Anthropology
  • TPS 663 Ecclesiology

Choose one of the following History electives:

  • TPS 670 Church History
  • TPS 671 History of the Ecumenical Movement

Choose one of the following Ethics electives:

  • TPS 680 Social Justice
  • TPS 681 Moral Theology

General Electives – 3 credits

Natalie Kertes Weaver, Ph.D.
Linda Martin, Ph.D.
Sister Lisa Marie Belz, OSU, Ph.D.

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