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Summers Only Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

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Please note:  The STM is not accepting applications for the Summers Only M.A. program for a Summer 2015 Entrance.

M.A. in Pastoral Ministry Handbook

Standard Track Worksheet

Hispanic Ministry Track Worksheet

Religious Education Track Worksheet

The M.A. in Pastoral Ministry degree program prepares students to serve in a variety of ministries in the Church and the world. Graduates of the M.A.P.M. have been employed as health care chaplains, pastoral associates, youth ministers, religious educators, high school religion teachers, and retreat leaders and other positions in spiritual formation. The M.A.P.M. is completed entirely through our Summer Institute over the course of five summers. The Summer M.A. in Pastoral Ministry takes 35 credits to complete. This is an ideal choice for students who work full-time, but have flexibility during the summer, as well as students from afar that would like to spend a portion of their summer in Boston. Students have the option of pursuing the Hispanic Ministry Track within the degree program.

A student’s program of studies is developed in consultation with an academic advisor with attention to the student’s background and aspirations. The curriculum is composed of seven elements: courses in Theological and Scriptural Foundations, Pastoral Studies for Ministry, Religious Education, Electives, Spiritual Formation, Contextual Education, and a thesis.

Theological Foundations

  • Theological Foundations
  • Sacraments
  • Ethics
  • Christology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament

Pastoral Studies for Ministry

The M.A.P.M. degree prepares students to be a pastoral generalist. As such, students take three pastoral electives of the student’s choice. Those persuing the Hispanic Ministry track take two Hispanic Ministry seminars (4 credits). They are also immersed in the life of Latino communities in different pastoral settings and learn first hand about the culture, language, practices, and traditions of this vibrant community.

Religious Education

All students take one course in religious education. This course will help them develop a fuller understanding of the dynamics of education in Christian faith and a richer appreciation for the many ways ministry is likely to affect the ongoing religious and spiritual formation of persons and communities.

Contextual Education (Field Education)

Students in the M.A.P.M. program are required to enroll in Contextual Education, a supervised field education experience. The purpose of Contextual Education is to enable students to explore the work of religious education and to develop the skills for theological reflection on that experience.


Students may choose, in consultation with their advisors, courses in theology, scripture, education, or ministry in order pursue particular interests or to round out their program of study.

Spiritual Formation

M.A.P.M. students participate in the one-credit Spiritual Formation program in their first full summer. Small groups, led by trained facilitators, allow students to integrate their academic work with their spiritual growth in a supportive and prayerful atmosphere. Groups meet weekly for 6 week. To complete the requirement, students also develop a personalized Spiritual Formation Plan during their course of study. Learn more about the Spiritual Formation requirement.


Upon completion of course work, M.A.P.M. students write a thesis that provides them the opportunity to (1) creatively synthesize their studies in theology, (2) address a question in pastoral 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.

Dual Degrees

In collaboration with other BC professional schools, the M.A. Pastoral Ministry can be combined with an M.S.W., M.B.A., M.A. Counseling Psychology, and M.S. in Nursing.

Prerequisities for Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution