M.A. program with Hispanic Ministry track
school of theology and ministry
Summer Only M.A. in Pastoral Ministry with Hispanic Ministry Track Worksheet
This Master’s degree program will enable all students, ministers, and educators to serve effectively in a multicultural Church. Students will take courses in scripture, theology, pastoral ministry, and religious education, to prepare them to lead Hispanic and other culturally diverse communities in the Church. For their Contextual Education, students are immersed in the life of Latino communities in different pastoral settings and learn firsthand the culture, language, practices, and traditions of this vibrant community. Along with their academic courses and immersion experience students participate in a spiritual formation for ministry curriculum to help sustain them in their vocation.
Academic requirements for the M.A. in Theology and Ministry with a Track in Hispanic Ministry during the academic year are 48 credits of course work.
Academic requirements for the summer-only M.A. in Pastoral Ministry with a Track in Hispanic Ministry are 35 credits of course work.
Specific Requirements for Hispanic Ministry Track
Specialized courses: Students must take three courses specifically designated to meet the core curriculum of the Hispanic Ministry Track. Currently these courses are Ministry in a Diverse Church: Latino Perspectives and Beyond, Foundations of Theology: A Latino/a Perspective, and a course in Latino Studies to be selected in consultation with the academic advisor.
Final thesis focused on an area related to Hispanic ministry and theology: Upon completion of course work, MA students write a thesis that provides them the opportunity to (1) creatively synthesize their studies in theology, (2) address a question about ministry and (3) outline a pastoral program appropriate to their own ministerial context. A subsequent oral examination allows students to discuss their thesis with two faculty members. Students in the Hispanic Ministry Track are expected to address questions related to Hispanic Ministry, theology, and culture in their thesis.
Language requirement: Basic knowledge of the Spanish language: reading and speaking. For students not already proficient, this requirement can be fulfilled through Boston College's Department of Romance Languages, the Woods School of Advancing Studies, or through Harvard Divinity School’s Spanish for Ministry course. Students who speak Spanish as their first language are exempt from this requirement. Non-Hispanic students who demonstrate good command of Spanish can apply for a waiver (See the Hispanic Ministry Program Language Requirement Policy).