Pastoral Ministry

Madonna University

M.A. On Campus Online Blended
12 months
900 USD/credit
900 USD/credit
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Pastoral Ministry from Madonna University prepares you for professional roles of Christian service within a faith community or in other settings where people are in need.  Pastoral ministers are privileged to walk with people at significant moments of their lives – sacramental preparation, the passages of youth and young adulthood, illness, bereavement, trauma, loss, birth, and death.   


At Pastoral Ministry from Madonna University you will receive a solid theological education joined with Catholic social teaching designed for those entering full time religious or lay ministry and develop your pastoral skills through an internship where you will work alongside others in the field you are pursuing, whether it be parish work, hospital chaplaincy, prison ministry, college or high school campus ministry, or hospice care.


  • Chaplaincy:  Hospital; Prison; Military
  • Parish Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
  • Campus Ministry
  • Liturgical Ministry
  • Parish Administration
  • Hospital/Hospice/Nursing Home Ministry
  • Prison Ministry
  • Bereavement Ministry
  • Catholic Charities
  • Protestant Social Services
  • Shelters/Soup Kitchens
  • Retreat Work
  • Spiritual Director

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Prophetic Literature 
  • The Gospels 
  • Ministerial Identity and Pastoral Skills
  • Franciscan Themes: Justice, Peace & Christian Conscience
  • Pastoral Ministry Praxis 
  • Bioethics and Sexuality 
  • Public Issues and Christian Morality

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Deadlines for applicants transferring in the US:

  • Summer - 01/03
  • Fall - 01/05
  • Winter - 01/11




34 alternative credits


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Possession of a bachelor degree from a regionally-accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  
  • Two letters of recommendation from current employers or professional associates who recognize the applicant’s aptitude for this program.
  • Submission of a statement of purpose with projected goals and objectives to be realized through the MAPM program.
  • Admission interview with the Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Program, with personal background clearance of any past criminal record.
  • Resume
  • English Proficiency
  • Completed application form.
  • Official (school stamped and sealed) transcripts from all schools attended. 
  • Financial Statement for students needing an F1 visa
  • A copy of your passport photo page. If not available, then a copy of a government issued card that has the legal spelling of your name
  • If currently residing inside the U.S., a copy of your US permanent resident card or VISA

Tuition Fee

  • International

    900 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    900 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 900 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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.

Fresh content

Updated in the last 3 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Pastoral Ministry
Madonna University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!