Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies program is a 30-credit hour course of study designed to give students, who already hold a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies, an opportunity to advance their academic standing and concentrate on an area of Pastoral Studies. This certificate program may be completed 100% online. There is a six-year time limit from entry into the program for completion of the requirements. This is a flexible program, designed to prepare students for subsequent licentiate or doctoral work, or for integrating a pastoral component into their lives and professions.

Coursework

The candidate for the Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies may compose his or her program from any graduate level courses he or she wishes, as long as four core courses are included (See Academic Guidelines). In the case of a student who intends to pursue licentiate or doctoral work, careful attention must be paid to compose his or her program from coursework which will fulfill admissions requirements for the intended future college or university program. In some cases, it may be advisable for a student to approve each semester’s course selection(s) with the future institution of study, to ensure a smooth transition from Holy Apostles College and Seminary Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies program into a licentiate or doctoral program

Degree Requirements

  • The Post Master’s Certificate Program in Pastoral Studies requirements must be completed with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better. For purposes of retaining a consistency and integrity in its Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies program, Holy Apostles College and Seminary requires that a twelve-credit core curriculum be completed within the program by each candidate.

Core Courses for the Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies

*The following five courses are required for each area of concentration.

  1. MTH 851 Contemporary Moral Issues (Spring, Summer)
  2. PAS 805 Trinity and the Incarnation (Fall, Summer)
  3. PAS 511 Mission and Evangelization (Spring, Summer)
  4. PAS 602 Fundamentals of Practical Theology (Every)
  5. PAS 720 Nurturing the Domestic Church: Facilitating Authentic Marriage, Family Life and Spirituality (Fall, Summer)

Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies Area Concentration

*Select three of the following eight courses from your area of concentration: Catechetical Ministry, Marriage and Family, Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual Direction, or Youth and Young Adult Ministry.

  1. Catechetical Ministry
  • APO 512 Apologetics (Every)
  • APO 535 Moral Apologetics (Fall, Spring)
  • DTH 645 Nature and Grace (Spring)
  • PAS 651 History and Foundations of Catechesis (Fall-Even Years Only)
  • PAS 653 Child and Adolescent Catechesis (Spring)
  • PAS 720 Nurturing the Domestic Church: Facilitating Authentic Marriage, Family Life and Spirituality (Fall, Summer)
  • PAS 841 Catholic Social Teachings (Every)
  • PAS 891 Methods in Teaching (Fall)
  1. Marriage and Family
  • CLA 715 Canon Law of Marriage (Spring)
  • DTH 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics (Summer)
  • MTH 681 Theology of the Body: Sexual Difference and Complementarity (Fall)
  • PAS 605 Intercultural Competencies (Fall)
  • PAS 621 Pastoral Care of Marriage and Family (Fall, Summer)
  • PAS 660 Thanatology (Fall, Summer)
  • PAS 785 Pastoral Issues Concerning Human Sexuality (Fall, Spring)
  • PAS 841 Catholic Social Teachings (Every)
  1. Pastoral Counseling
  • PAS 641 Methods in Counseling (Fall)
  • PAS 660 Thanatology (Fall, Summer)
  • PAS 683 Pastoral Counseling I: Spiritual Helping and Accompaniment (Spring; pre-req., PAS 641)
  • PAS 684 Pastoral Counseling II: Spiritual Diagnosis and Accompaniment (Summer; Pre-req., PAS 641; PAS 683)
  • PAS 700 Christian Life Together in the Presence of Human, Physical, and Intellectual Impairments (Fall)
  • PAS 785 Pastoral Issues Concerning Human Sexuality (Fall, Spring)
  • PAS 791 Morals and Psychology (Summer)
  • PAS 891 Methods in Teaching (Fall)
  1. Spiritual Direction
  • CHH 631 Mystical Theology and the Church Fathers (Spring)
  • DTH 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics (Summer)
  • DTH 645 Nature and Grace (Spring)
  • DTH 890 Spiritual Theology (Spring)
  • PAS 621 Pastoral Care of Marriage and Family (Fall, Summer)
  • PAS 660 Thanatology (Fall, Summer)
  • PAS 671 Spiritual Direction: Skills and Practice (Fall, Summer)
  • PAS 791 Morals and Psychology (Summer)
  1. Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • APO 512 Apologetics (Every)
  • APO 535 Moral Apologetics (Fall, Spring)
  • DTH 512 Spiritual Life in the Classics (Summer)
  • DTH 645 Nature and Grace (Spring)
  • PAS 607 Contemporary Youth Culture (Spring)
  • PAS 660 Thanatology (Fall, Summer)
  • PAS 785 Pastoral Issues Concerning Human Sexuality (Fall, Spring)
  • PAS 791 Morals and Psychology (Summer)

Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies Electives

*Select any two additional courses that you have not already taken from those listed above.

** Upon completion of the course work for the Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies, the student prepares, in consultation with the MAPS Director, a 30-page Capstone Paper outlining a Case Study in one’s area of concentration.

***If a student has completed any of the core courses from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, the student may ask the MAPS Program Director for a waiver of the course. If granted, the student may take any other graduate-level course listed above instead. If applicable, record those courses here:

Course requirements for areas of concentration are identical to those of the online M.A. in Pastoral Studies program. In cases where a student has already taken any of these core courses, or comparable courses on the graduate level, the requirement may be waived by the Academic Dean.

A maximum of six graduate credits toward the Post Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Studies will be accepted by Holy Apostles College and Seminary for transfer. These credits must be from accredited colleges, must not have been applied to a degree, and must be applicable to the Post Master’s Certificate Program in Pastoral Studies. Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the Academic Dean.

The student must write a culminating paper of 30 pages under the guidance of an academic advisor.

Areas of Study

Post-Masters Certificates in Pastoral Studies are available in the following concentrations: Apologetics, Marriage and Family Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Spiritual Direction, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Catechetical Ministry,

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