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I. GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies is intended to provide students with a solid foundation in academic theology. The curriculum for this Certificate offering is designed to intensify an individual’s personal faith development, to enhance an individual’s appreciation of the Christian theological tradition, and to deepen an individual’s understanding of Christian theology. The Graduate Certificate can serve as a foundation for further graduate and professional education and development. *Based on Gainful Employment requirements Federal Title IV aid (student loans) is not available for this Graduate Certificate, however, federal aid can be used as a resource by students pursuing a Master’s degree.

Curriculum

Required Courses (18 credits) GPAST 610 Biblical Studies GPAST 620 Theology of Jesus Christ GPAST 630 Theology of the Church GPAST 640 Theology of Christian Sacraments GPAST 650 Foundations of Christian Ethics GPAST 670 Theological Foundations of Ministry

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II. MASTER OF ARTS IN PASTORAL STUDIES

(Concentration in Pastoral Ministry) The Pastoral Ministry concentration consists primarily of graduate work in Catholic theology along with a professional background in counseling psychology. As such, this concentration is designed to prepare individuals to assume roles as ecclesial ministers in parish youth, young adult, and adult faith-formation groups, and in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, and other ministerial settings.

Objectives • • • • •

To provide a solid theological foundation for all areas of lay ministry within the Church; To foster in students the ability to incorporate theological reflection within ministerial experiences; To develop the personal and professional skills necessary for leadership and ministry within the local Church; To provide the student opportunities to learn ministerial skills through experience; To develop the pursuit of the integration of theology, spirituality, life experiences, and professional training necessary for lay ministry of quality and endurance

Required Theological Courses (21credits): GPAST 610 Biblical Studies GPAST 620 Theology of Jesus Christ GPAST 630 Theology of the Church GPAST 640 Theology of the Christian Sacraments GPAST 650 The Foundations of Christian Ethics GPAST 670 Theological Foundations of Ministry GPAST 796 Directed Research and Oral Examination

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Students are required to take 9 additional graduate-level credits through the Department of Counseling and Psychology. The specific courses in which the student enrolls are individually tailored to meet the individual student’s ministerial aspirations and are approved by the Director of the Graduate Program of Pastoral Studies in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Counseling and Psychology. Required Concentration Courses (9 credits): GCOU 6xx GCOU 6xx GCOU 6xx

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An additional 6 credits are required of the student. The specific courses in which the student enrolls can be offered through either the Pastoral Ministries Program or the Department of Counseling and Psychology. Again, the specific courses are selected based on the individual student’s ministerial aspirations and are approved by the Director of the Graduate Program of Pastoral Studies. Elective Courses (6 credits): GPAST/GCOU 6xx GPAST/GCOU 6xx

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III. MASTER OF ARTS IN PASTORAL STUDIES

(Concentration in Religious Education) The Religious Education concentration consists primarily of graduate work in Catholic theology along with a professional background in various aspects of teaching and education. As such, this concentration is designed to prepare individuals to assume roles as Directors of Religious Education, RCIA Coordinators, catechists for parish Religious Education programs, and teachers of religion in Catholic schools.

Objectives • • •

To provide a solid theological foundation for all areas of catechetical ministry; To foster in students the ability to incorporate theological reflection within ministerial experiences; To develop and enhance the student’s ability to effectively teach children, adolescents, and adults the rich theological tradition of the Church;

Graduate Catalog 2012-2013  

Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

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