MA in Pastoral Studies

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
Degree Requirements

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

Time Limit

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

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.


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