Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Masters of Arts in Pastoral Care
Program Overview
The 36-credit Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Care is designed to prepare students engaged in ministerial work to be competent and effective pastoral caregivers in their present and future ministries. The program nurtures in-depth study, meaningful reflection, and the interdependence of theory and practice. A major goal is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the nature and purpose of pastoral care, increased effectiveness with pastoral care interventions, and sustained theological reflection on the application of pastoral care in specific situations of ministry. In combining theory and practice, students learn to integrate theology and psychological knowledge to increase effectiveness in pastoral ministry. The program advances the general practice of pastoral care in its many forms as well as the expertise in specialized areas of pastoral diagnosis.

At the core of the MA program in Pastoral Care are philosophical, theological, historical, psychological, sociological, and cultural foundations. Various modalities of theological reflection are utilized: pastoral and practical theology, psychology, developmental theory, spirituality, and cultural and multicultural perspectives. In keeping with Fordham University’s Jesuit mission the program gives special, though not exclusive, attention to Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality. A major goal, therefore, in keeping with the mission of Jesuit education, will be to explore the role that pastoral care can play in dealing with issues of crisis, suffering, and emotional and spiritual healing.

Who are the students who enroll in the online Masters Degree Program in Pastoral Care? They are clergy and lay people involved in ministry of many kinds: parish ministry, chaplaincy in hospitals or other settings, youth ministry, work with the elderly or with at-risk populations. Social workers, nurses, or others who work as caregivers can also enhance their professional work by focusing on theological reflection and the spiritual aspects of clinical work. This program can benefit anyone who is interested in the integration of psychology and spirituality in a caregiving or ministerial role. Those interested in Chaplaincy may use this degree to seek certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) or the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

Students in the program progress through the curriculum completing all courses online through the Internet. Courses developed for online delivery maintain the same high standards as any Fordham University course. The method of delivery is the only difference.

Students and faculty access their online course through a course management system called Blackboard. Each course has its own course page (web page) within Blackboard. Students and faculty login to Blackboard and link to their course. On the course page you will find announcements about the course and links to the rest of the course content.
Within the online course, students will find a course syllabus, communication links for email, staff information, helpful resources, the learning space and discussion board. The Learning Space contains most of the content for the course.
Typically, as our student’s progress through the Learning Space each week, they will hear faculty lectures, view presentations and videos, read literature, and then reflect on what they have experienced.

Students may write papers, take examinations, conduct research and complete other weekly assignments.
Additionally, students participate on a Discussion Board making the course highly interactive. Students share their insights, observations and experiences with the other students and the faculty on the Discussion Board.


M.A. in Pastoral Care Curriculum

A GSRRE Online Community Center is available to registered students as they progress through the program.
The Online Community Center houses important information that will be useful for all students and courses throughout the program. Within the Online Community Center students will find information about the library and library access as well as links for technical assistance.

The Online Community Center contains all of the plugins students will need to download to their computers to view the contents of the courses including videos, documents, sound files, animated files, interactions, and presentations. Plugins include: Adobe Acrobat Reader, RealPlayer, Flash, Quicktime, Java and PowerPoint viewer. Students receive access to this center in our Blackboard service once they have been admitted and registered.
 MAPC Final Paper

36 Credit Final Paper (PDF)

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