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Pastoral Studies

Azusa Pacific University

24 months
569 USD/credit 13656 USD/year
569 USD/credit 13656 USD/year
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Preparing for practical, effective ministry starts with a journey of personal transformation, and Azusa Pacific University can help you chart a new course in your ministry with the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) program.


Through a combination of classroom instruction—48 units in biblical, theological, and ministerial studies—and supervised ministry experience, students of Pastoral Studies programme of Azusa Pacific University develop a practical theology of church leadership and concentrate on one area of ministry: church leadership and development, urban studies, youth ministry, or general electives. Whichever area you choose, Azusa Pacific will help you transform the world with Christ.

Key facts:

  • Ideal for pastors or lay pastors looking to further their ministry skills.
  • 48-unit total course load allows students to maintain upper-division ministry commitments.
  • 1:20 professor-student ratio optimizes learning.
  • Students may study in Spanish and Korean as well as in English.
  • Uses a student’s ministry commitment as a learning venue.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biblical Interpretation: Exploring Genesis
  • Paul the Pastor and Theologian
  • Christian Theology
  • Church History
  • Christian Formation and Discipleship
  • Ministry Life and Leadership

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate application for admission
  • $45 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation: one pastoral or ministry reference, and one academic or professional reference
  • Calling statement: In an essay of 500 words or less, address the following: your commitment to Christ; your sense of call; and how a seminary education will help you take the next step in response to the call.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English
  • Provide an affidavit of financial support (PDF) and a bank statement 
  • Submit a copy of a valid passport

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 569 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    13656 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 569 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Pacific

800 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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