Master of Arts In Pastoral Ministry (MAPM)
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) provides all of the core theological courses found in the MA in Theology degree. In addition, it offers solid ministerial formation and advising support. The program is both academic and pastoral in approach, and is designed for people who want to integrate theology and practice.
People interested in staff level positions in parishes, schools, hospitals and non-profit agencies, men discerning a call to the diaconate who want to earn a graduate degree and people who wish to study pastoral theology at the graduate level are best served by the MAPM.
The program includes required and elective courses, Mentoring, supervised Field Education, theological reflection and a Capstone Project in Ministry. The ministerial formation components are described here. Ministerial Formation
The outstanding MAPM faculty is drawn from the seminary faculty and from diocesan leadership positions. Typically, each course meets for ten weeks and carries 3 quarter credits, although some electives may vary. Evening and Saturday morning courses meet once each week for 2 hours and 40 minutes. In some cases, certain courses may be taken during the day. These usually meet twice each week for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
MAPM Required Courses:
- Faith Dimensions for Ministry
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- People Skills for Pastoral Leaders
- Church History
- The Church (Ecclesiology)
- Moral Theology
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Sacramental Theology
- Pastoral Leadership
- Theology of Ministry
In addition, each student will select 6 electives for a total of 54 quarter hours. Electives may be drawn from offerings in Church History, Systematic Theology, Scripture, Moral or Medical Ethics, Administrative Ministry, Liturgy, Religious Education and Pastoral Studies with the approval of the advisor.
The completed MAPM fulfills the prerequisites for application to the Permanent Diaconate formation for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Courses may be applied to certification or continuing education for catechists, Directors of Religious Education and Youth and Young Adult Ministers.
By taking two classes per quarter, it is possible to complete the MAPM in 3 years. Participants wishing to serve the Church in a public capacity, or who are discerning a call to the permanent diaconate must be in full communion with the Catholic Church and able to minister fruitfully and faithfully within the structure of the hierarchical Church. Members of other faith traditions are welcome to apply to the program, understanding that the theology and pastoral ministry reflects the stance and teachings of the Catholic Church.
The MAPM classes meet at the main campus in Mount Washington.
Since 1990 56.5% of those admitted to the MAPM degree program have earned the degree.
Read about the Application Process here.