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 degree plan requires thirty-six (36) semester hours, distributed as follows:
- Scripture—6 credits
- Theology—12 credits
- Ministry—12 credits
- PMIN 6352 Program Planning and Evaluation
- 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
Student Learning Ourcomes
After completing the program, students will be able to:
- Describe and integrate into ministerial practice a theology of revelation as embodied
in Scripture, tradition, and creation.
- Describe and integrate into ministerial practice Catholic theology of God, Church,
Sacraments, and Ethics.
- Exercise sound practices of compassionate pastoral care appropriate to their skill
levels and training.
Additional Learning Outcomes for the Concentrations:
- Articulate a vision of Catholic mission appropriate to their ministry setting
- Shape a vision for that setting in working for the mission.
- Identify the theological, pastoral, and socio-cultural principles and values underlying
- Shape a vision for parish or other faith community seeking to live out the Gospel
Catechesis and Formation
- Shape and lead a catechetical program appropriate to the age, culture, and other characteristics
of those participating
- Oversee initial and ongoing formation for catechists
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.