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The On-Line MA in Pastoral Care Program


M.A. in Pastoral Care
The MA degree in Pastoral Care is designed to prepare those engaged in the work of ministry to be 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 of Religion & Spirituality PCGR 6410
Pastoral Counseling Theories PCGR 6386
Human Growth and Development PCGR 6310
Psychopathology and Diagnosis PCGR 6390
Theology of Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care PCGR 6380
Advanced Adult-Life Span PCGR 6510
Basic Skills in Pastoral Counseling* PCGR 6440
Christology RLGR 6030
Social & Cultural Foundations of Counseling PCGR 6382
Theology of Ministry PMGR 6162
Professional Ethics in Pastoral Counseling PCGR 6384
Marriage & Family PCGR 6420


Students in the program progress through the curriculum completing courses online through the Internet,*however the course Basic Skills in Pastoral Counseling is taken on campus.  This course is offered as a one week (Monday to Friday) class during the early summer session, usually mid-June.  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.


A GSRRE Online Community Center was created to assist 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.

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