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Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

Aquinas Institute of Theology

36 months
780 USD/credit 13520 USD/year
780 USD/credit 13520 USD/year
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Aquinas Institute of Theology’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program at Aquinas Institute of Theology is designed to prepare students for service to the Church in a variety of Christian ministries.


The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree at Aquinas Institute of Theology offers two opportunities to engage in field education: Supervised Practice of Ministry (SPM) I and II, taken in sequence. The successful completion of a Basic Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at an ACPE Certified institution can, with the permission of the Director of Field Education, be taken in lieu of SPM II. The field education curriculum at Aquinas Institute assists the student in developing a pastoral leadership style that is marked by effectiveness, service, integration, and a special commitment to the ministry of the Word.

Ministry Opportunities

Students who hold a MAPS degree from Aquinas are prepared to serve in a number of ministerial careers in a wide range of settings. Graduates have gone on to serve as high school and college campus ministers, catechists, directors of religious education or adult faith formation, parish pastoral associates, liturgy directors, chaplains in hospitals or hospices, and in many other ministries.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Scripture Elective 
  • Introduction to Theology & Theological Method 
  • Supervised Practice ot Ministry (SPM) 1 
  • Ecclesiology 
  • Christology 
  • Foundations ot Pastoral and Ethical Care 
  • Sacramental & Theological Foundations of Ministry 
  • Theology ot Worship 
  • SPM II or Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 
  • Foundations ot Catholic Morality 
  • Integrative Seminar 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


52 alternative credits


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General requirements

  • International applicants are required to demonstrate English fluency. See the question below for more details. 
  • If you will require a visa, complete the International Student Supplemental Application. This will require you prove you can fund your studies at Aquinas. See the below section for details.
  • Applicants with an active F-1 Visa who wish to transfer their current SEVIS record to Aquinas Institute from another institution are exempt from this supplemental application, but must complete the Transfer Verification Form available from the Registrar’s Office.
  • If your collegiate studies were done outside the United States, you will need to complete a transcript evaluation. See this section in the FAQs for more details.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13520 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 780 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    13520 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 780 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Saint Louis

1015 - 1530 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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