Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with concentration in Catechetics (M.A.P.M.)
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (M.A.P.M.) with Specialization in Catechetics degree aims to prepare men and women for leadership and service roles in catechetical ministry (Directors of Religious Education) and for teaching.
The degree program consists of general theological education integrated with catechetical studies which emphasize ministerial skills in teaching and administration of programs.
Goals and Objectives
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with Specialization in Catechetics degree program is designed to guide the student in developing the following attitudes and competencies:
- To understand and articulate the Roman Catholic theological tradition as a basis for ministry
- To conduct catechetical programs within the larger context of the mission of the Church
- To affirm the dignity of all persons and to respect and fostermulticultural diversity and good ecumenical/interreligious relations within a faith community
- To work harmoniously with other ministers and lay professionals
- To see personal spiritual development as integral to fruitfulChristian ministry
All students applying to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with Specialization in Catechetics program must complete the following requirements for admission:
- Completed application form
- Official transcript demonstrating the achievement of a Baccalaureate degree or equivalent (determined by the academic dean), preferably a Bachelor of Arts degree; any other official and/or pertinent transcripts of graduate or undergraduate credits
- Prerequisite background courses:
- 12 credits in theology or religious studies
- 6 credits in philosophy
- 6 credits in the social sciences
- A brief autobiographical narrative which includes a résumé of educational and religious background, work or ministerial experience, and motivation for pursuing graduate study
- Two letters of recommendation indicating the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study in theology and catechetical ministry
- Interview with a faculty admissions committee, which includes the academic dean and the director of lay ministry
- Criminal history background check
Admission is subject to the approval of the Admissions Committee.
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with Specialization in Catechetics degree requires the successful completion of 48 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.7. In addition, students are required to participate in the Profiles of Ministry assessment before they complete 12 credit hours and engage in annual goal setting for their ministerial formation.
The program consists of core theology courses, specific courses in catechetics and field education.
Electives are ordinarily pursued in theology and/or pastoral ministry. The Integrating Seminar, which serves as the exit requirement, enables the student to become aware of the interactive roles of experience, tradition, theology, and culture within a given ministry.
Course work for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry with Specialization in Catechetics is distributed as follows:
Core Theology 24 credits
SS 512 Pentateuch 3
SS 523 Synoptic Gospels and Acts 3
ST 541 Fundamental Theology 3
ST 611 Christology 3
ST 672 Ecclesiology and Mariology 3
MT 531 Fundamental Moral Theology 3
LS 521 Introduction to Liturgical Studies 2
LS 652 Christian Initiation 2
SP 762 Spiritual Direction 2
Pastoral Ministry CATECHETICS 17 credits
RE 552 Principles of Catechesis 2
RE 621 Methodology in Catechesis 3
RE 631 Sacramental Catechesis 2
RE 762 Youth Ministry and Catechesis 2
RE 772 Adult Faith Formation 2
PM 861 Ministry of Administration and Leadership 3
PM 611 Pastoral Counseling 3
Field Education 2 credits
FE 600 Introduction to Field Education 1
FE 605 Ministry of Catechetics I 1
Integrating Seminar 2 credits
IS 800 Integrating Seminar 2
Electives 3 credits
Total: 48 credits
Note: Core Theology and Catechetics requirements are aligned with Level IV certification standards for religious educators as determined by the Archdiocese of Detroit.