Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

The M.A.P.S. at PTS

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (M.A.P.S.) is a flexible, two-year degree program that equips students for congregational ministry careers and pastoral positions in other settings. The MA in Pastoral Studies curriculum provides flexibility for students to define a ministry-oriented course of study.

The pastoral studies program provides grounding in core disciplines and the ability for a student to select from a variety of ministerial electives to suit their interests and vocational needs.

To complete the Pastoral Studies program, each graduate student learns to illuminate Scripture, Christian history, and theology to their ministerial context and completes the degree with a year of field education and a final project. To customize their pastoral ministry degree, students can pursue the M.A.P.S. Concentration in Episcopal/Anglican Studies or the Graduate Certificate in Urban Ministry.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
The M.A.P.S. curriculum provides flexibility for students to define a ministry-oriented course of study.
MAPS student in class

ABOUT THE MASTER’S IN PASTORAL STUDIES

  • The Pastoral Studies degree program can be completed on a part- or full-time basis with day and evening classes available.
  • A low student-to-faculty ratio fosters close interaction with dedicated scholars and mentoring teachers to fully prepare students for the joys and challenges of ministry.
  • With our connections to local ministry opportunities and the largest theological library in the tri-state area, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers unmatched resources for students to begin their journey to a fulfilling career in Christian ministry.
  • In addition to cross-registration opportunities at local colleges and universities, Pittsburgh Seminary students have the option to earn a joint law degree through Duquesne University alongside their pastoral ministry degree.
  • 48 Credit Hours
  • 2Years
  • 16Courses

M.A.P.S. requirements

“Many times, the best learning occurs in the casual conversations before and after class. Students can ask whatever questions are on their mind.” 

 

THE REV. DR. JEROME CREACH, PROFESSOR

CAREERS FOR PASTORAL STUDIES GRADUATES

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Religious Education
  • Non-profit Leadership
  • Spiritual Direction

LEARN MORE ABOUT PASTORAL STUDIES AT PITTSBURGH SEMINARY

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree at Pittsburgh Seminary empowers graduates to embark on fulfilling careers in Christian ministry. This pastoral ministry degree features a flexible curriculum and the option to complete the degree on a part-time basis. 

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