M.A. Pastoral Ministry Degree Requirements

During the spring of 2009, the faculty of Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary approved changes for this degree program. The requirements below will be in effect for all students who matriculate as of Fall Semester, 2009.

  1. A total of 48 graduate credits
    • A maximum of 24 credits earned in web-based courses may be applied to the degree.
  2. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (C+ average) on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Required courses:
    • THY 402 Introduction to the Christian Tradition I (3 credits)
    • THY  404 Introduction to the Christian Tradition II (3 credits)
    • DOCT 406 Christology (3 credits)
    • DOCT 408 Ecclesiology (3 credits)
    • MOLR 421 Fundamental Moral Theology (3 credits)
    • PTHM 405 Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (3 credits)
    • LTGY 407 Liturgical Celebration (3 credits)
    • PTHM 401 Evangelization and Catechesis (3 credits)
    • PTHM 465 Integration Seminar (3 credits)
  4. Constrained scripture electives:
    • Old Testament: choose ONE of the following courses:
      • SSOT 400 Reading the Old Testament (3 credits)
      • SSOT 410 Pentateuch (3 credits)
      • SSOT 412 Prophetic Tradition (3 credits)
    • New Testament: choose ONE of the following courses:
      • SSNT 400 Reading the New Testament (3 credits)
      • SSNT 418 Gospel of Mark (3 credits)
      • SSNT 417 Gospel of Matthew (3 credits)
      • SSNT 419 Gospel of Luke (3 credits)
      • SSNT 424 The Johannine Tradition (3 credits)
      • SSNT 420 Synoptic Gospels (3 credits)
      • SSNT 422 Pauline Letters (3 credits)
  5. Constrained ministry electives: (select 9 credits)
    • PTHM 452 Youth Ministry (3 credits)
    • Sacramental Catechesis (3 credits)
    • PTHM 434 Ministry Through the Life Cycle (3 credits)
    • PTHM 408 Introduction to Pastoral Care (3 credits)
    • PTHM 418 Dynamics of Spiritual Direction  (3 credits)
    • PTHM 420 Introduction to Ecclesial Law (3 credits)
    • PTHM 417 Homiletics (3 credits)
    • PTHM 450 Parish Administration (3 credits)
    • PTHM 456 Rural Social Issues (3 credits)
    • PTHM 411 Leadership in the Christian Community (3 credits)
  6. Practicum in Pastoral Ministry PTHM 459: (6 credits in any combination of the following areas)
    • General Parish Ministry
    • Religious Education
    • Social Ministry
    • Liturgy
    • Homiletics
    • Pastoral Care
    • Campus and Young Adult Ministry
    • Spiritual Direction
  7. Participation in the formation program