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Pastoral Theology

Loyola Marymount University

12 months
15780 USD/year
15780 USD/year
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The Pastoral Theology program of Loyola Marymount University engages the student in critical theological reflection on ministerial practice as preparation for active ministry in a pluralistic society.


The Pastoral Theology program of Loyola Marymount University provides theological foundations in pastoral theology, especially in the Roman Catholic tradition, and integrates the formation of persons preparing for pastoral ministry with their study of the Christian theological tradition (spirituality, liturgy, faith and culture, ethics, as well as biblical, historical, and systematic theology, and ecumenical and interreligious dialogue). Throughout the program there is a stress on the holistic relationships between pastoral theology, faith seeking critical understanding, and faith that does justice.

Pastoral Theology Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Assess pastoral situations from a critical stance;
  • Reflect on ministerial practice in and perfect ministry skills for a culturally and religiously diverse society;
  • Perform biblical exegesis with attention both to historical contexts and contemporary pastoral contexts
  • Reflect critically on the praxis of faith and of justice within an ecumenically-minded Roman Catholic context
  • Situate contemporary theological developments and pastoral practice in light of historical trajectories;
  • Interpret the work of seminal thinkers in Christian ethics and analyze contemporary moral problems;
  • Establish strategies and habits for the integration of one’s own faith, pastoral practice, and theological expertise.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • New Testament Theology
  • Old Testament Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Theological Ethics
  • Spiritual Formation for Pastoral Ministry
  • Supervised Pastoral Field Education

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants are encouraged to submit their application and materials at least three months prior to the first term of their enrollment.


42 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • A demonstrated ability to do graduate studies. This requirement can be fulfilled by providing a range of information, including: graduate work completed or advanced degree obtained, evidence of undergraduate work, including GPA and submission of written academic work (e.g., term paper), scores received on the GRE, the Miller Analogies, or other standardized tests (recommended but not required)
  • A personal interview (with one of the faculty members of our department)
  • The Official Online Graduate Division Application for Loyola Marymount University
  • A $50.00 application fee
  • A copy of all post-secondary transcripts
  • A Statement of Intent
  • Two Letters of Recommendation Forms from persons acquainted with your professional and academic background
  • A notice of which Master of Arts program to which you are applying

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15780 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    15780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15780 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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