Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

M.A. in Pastoral Care

The MA degree in Pastoral Care is designed to prepare those engaged in the work of ministry to be competent and effective pastoral caregivers in their present and future ministries. The program is intended to nurture in-depth study, meaningful reflection, and the interdependence of theory and practice.

PASTORAL CARE (36 credits: 12 classes & Major Paper)

Psychology & Religion/ Spirituality REGR    6692
Pastoral Counseling Theories REGR    6407
Human Growth and Development REGR    6649
Psychopathology and Diagnosis REGR    8045
Theology of Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care REGR    6398
Advanced Life Span REGR    6584
Basic Skills in Pastoral Counseling* REGR    8061
Christology REGR    6256
Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling REGR    6399
Theology of Ministry REGR    6162
Ethics in Pastoral Counseling REGR    6400
Marriage & Family REGR    6665


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.

To find out more about online learning at Fordham please click here.

*This course must be taken on-campus and is offered as a one week intensive workshop during the early summer session (usually mid-June)

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