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MA in Pastoral Studies

 Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies  

This degree prepares leaders to serve the Church in parishes, diocesan offices,
schools, hospitals and other faith-based organizations. 
Available on-line and on-campus 
Designed to meet the requirements for pastoral ministers set out by the USCCB and the National Association
of Lay Ministers. 
42 credit program 

Courses cover scripture, moral and systematic theology. 
Courses also include offerings in all four academic areas of our School: Spirituality, Pastoral Counseling,
Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. 
Provides a solid foundation for students seeking to follow many different career paths in ministry. 
Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education has a 50 year history of serving
those in ministry. In addition to the MAPS Degree we offer certificates, masters degrees and doctoral degrees in
Religious Education, Pastoral Ministry, Spirituality and Pastoral Counseling. 
Graduates of our programs in Pastoral Studies serve as diocesan directors, parish pastoral ministers, teachers
and principals in faith-based schools, and executives in new ministries. 

The course requirements for the MAPS degree are:

Theology of Ministry 
Old Testament 
New Testament 
Ministry with Latin@s 
Moral Education and Development Or
Education for Peace and Justice 
One Elective in Systematic Theology 
One Spirituality Elective 
One Pastoral Care and Counseling Elective 
One Religious Education Elective 
One Pastoral Ministry Elective 
Two Free Electives 
Capstone Course – Integrating Seminar

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MAPS Faculty
Christopher Colt Anderson, Dean, Ph.D., Marquette University
Thomas Beaudoin, Associate Professor - Pastoral Ministry, Ph.D., Boston College
Claudio Burgaleta, Assistant Professor – Pastoral Ministry, Ph.D., Boston College
Lisa Cataldo, Assistant Professor – Pastoral Counseling, Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary
Giovanna Czander, Adjunct Professor - Scripture, Ph.D. Fordham University
Harold Horell, Assistant Professor – Religious Education, Ph.D. Boston College
Shannon McAlister, PhD, Assistant Professor - Spirituality. Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Francis X. McAloon, S.J., PhD, Associate Professor - Spirituality Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union

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