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Program Description

The 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.

Admission Requirements

  • B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Appropriate visa from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services for candidates who are not citizens of the United States. Applicants should consult with the International Student Advisor at the University of St. Thomas for further information.

Degree Requirements

The program requires the completion of 36 hours with a minimum cumulative average of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale.

Transfer of Credit

A maximum of 9 credit hours may be accepted toward the Master of Arts degree, provided there is a true equivalency with School of Theology course offerings.

Time Limit

Program requirements must be completed within 10 years of initial registration.


To apply, please contact us:
University of St. Thomas, School of Theology
9845 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024-3498
713-686-4345 ext 231