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Master of Pastoral Studies

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The Master of Pastoral Studies requires a total of 14 courses (42 units). Up to 21 units may be transferred from other appropriately accredited schools, and nine units may come from documented experiential learning.

The requirements for the degree are:

  1. TH501 Nature of God and Jesus Christ, or TH505 Doctrine of the Trinity
  2. Two additional theology courses
  3. BI501 Biblical Interpretation
  4. Two additional courses in biblical studies
  5. One church history course
  6. CM501 Foundations of Christian Ministry (formally Pastoral Leadership)
  7. CM504 Practice of Ministry
  8. Two additional courses in Christian ministry
  9. Two additional courses in any subject area
  10. Either CM549 Christian Ministry Thesis or TM501 Theology of Ministry. Either course requires a summative exam as a prerequisite. CM549 is recommended for those who hope to go on to get a MDiv degree.
  11. Grade point average of 2.7 or higher.


Program Goal:

In the Master of Pastoral Studies degree, we seek to prepare the student for the spiritual responsibilities of the clergy.


Program Outcomes:

  1. Students who complete the MPS requirements will be able to interpret the biblical text, and will be able to describe the biblical text as a historical document and an inspired and authoritative guide for Christian life and ministry.
  2. Students will be able to think theologically, to analyze differences between various Christian traditions, and to synthesize central themes of the nature of God and Christian proclamation of the word of God.
  3. Students will gain a broad perspective on acts of the Holy Spirit in the developing church since the first century.
  4. Students will grow in spiritual maturity and in leadership skills needed in churches and other Christian ministries.
  5. Students will develop pastoral skills such as preaching, counseling, teaching, training, mentoring, and leading in service.
  6. Students will be able to evaluate themselves as unique persons building strong relationships within the love of God the Father, the grace of the Son Jesus Christ, and the communion of the Holy Spirit.

 See our Academic Catalog for more details.