500X330_Intro_MAPSThe Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) is a 36-hour professional degree program that prepares individuals for pastoral ministry in the Church. The program is oriented toward persons who are or who desire to be involved in full-time professional pastoral ministry. All MAPS courses are conveniently offered in a variety of convenient times and venues.

Candidates for diaconal ordination and lay ministry in the Catholic Church will undertake a program conforming to the most recent guidelines established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

A Career With Spiritual Meaning

500X330_MAPS_PastoralThe Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies at the University of St. Thomas prepares you for ordination into the permanent diaconate in addition to parish opportunities in areas such as religious education and youth and social ministry. Since 2013, 100% of graduates were ordained to the permanent diaconate.

If you wish to attend or audit classes for personal enrichment and to learn about theology, we welcome you.