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Pastoral Ministry

Aquinas Institute of Theology

24 months
780 USD/credit 18720 USD/year
780 USD/credit 18720 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry degree provides formation for pastoral ministers to serve in a variety of parish, hospital, education and diocesan ministries.


The program at Aquinas Institute of Theology is designed to engage and complement the unique gifts of experienced pastoral ministers through graduate level theological and ministerial formation in the Catholic tradition. The degree offers a strong foundation in theological, ministerial, and spiritual formation that is sensitive to the unique needs of the local Church. Instituted in 1995, the program is offered in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

Learning outcomes

Many potential ecclesial ministers, either by reason of distance from theological schools or of full-time employment, cannot participate in standard resident degree programs. In response to this challenge, the MAPM degree program is conducted on-site in each location by Aquinas faculty members who conduct both weekend intensive sessions and weekly learning exercises on the Internet. The diocese selects qualified candidates for the program and, together, Aquinas and the diocese cooperate to form and evaluate candidates for ministry.

In the spirit of Dominican itinerancy, Pastoral Ministry Institute in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City meets the needs of the diocese for well-trained ministers and the needs of individuals for excellent theological education and formation through the on-site MAPM degree program.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Proseminar 
  • Bible Interpretation 
  • Hebrew Scriptures 
  • Christian Scriptures 
  • Christology & Christian Anthropology 
  • Theology of God 
  • Foundations of Pastoral Care 
  • Supervised Practice ot Ministry 
  • Found. ot Morality and Catholic Social Teaching 
  • Theology ot Worship and Sacraments 
  • Proclamation tor Evangelization 
  • United States Church History 
  • Canon Law tor Ministry 
  • Integrative Seminar 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

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

    18720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 780 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    18720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 780 USD per credit during 24 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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