University of St. Thomas (MN)

The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry



Program Information

Degree Offered:

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) provides the opportunity, in a systematic way, to consistently think through the relationship between theology and pastoral life.  This 48-credit graduate degree program is designed for those seeking an integrated program of formation for service to the Church in various ministries, including parish catechetical leaders, youth ministers, pastoral associates and parish life coordinators.  The course of study  incorporates rigorous theological formation with spiritual and ministerial formation activities, including a ministry internship. The program is grounded in the understanding of the integral role of lay minister as complementary to and in support of the priesthood and meets the competencies set forth in the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.


The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas is accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999