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Pastoral Theology

Loyola Marymount University

24 months
15924 USD/year
15924 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
    • 24 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 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Official Online Graduate Division Application for Loyola Marymount University (you will need to create an account and you will be able to access your application after you have applied)
  • A $50.00 application fee
  • A copy of all post-secondary transcripts
  • A Statement of Intent - View the Statement of Intent Guidelines here
  • Two Letters of Recommendation Forms from persons acquainted with your professional and academic background
  • A notice of which Master of Arts program you are applying for

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15924 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15924 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    15924 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15924 USD per year during 24 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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