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 Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

(Degree Program in Pastoral Leadership & Management)

Program Description

This civil degree program aims to equip Church leaders such as parish priests, formators, religious and lay leaders with the requisite knowledge, skills and practical know-how in Church leadership and management in parish and other ecclesial settings.

Animated by a profound apostolic spirituality, the courses delve into pastoral concerns such as ecclesial leadership spirituality, group leadership skills, developmental planning, financial management, fund raising, and handling conflicts in relationship.

This MA program is a joint endeavor of the Loyola School of Theology (LST) and East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI).  A main component of the degree is residential (live-in) program at EAPI, including participation in its community life and modular courses.

Requirements for Admission

  • Applicants must have a government-recognized bachelor's degree with at least 12 units of undergraduate (college) theology courses.
  • Applicants must have attained at least a general undergraduate average of B (2.5 or 85%).
  • All applicants are required to take the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School Entrance Examination and the LST English-proficiency Test.  Fees are charged for these exams.
  • The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required by the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School for international students who come from countries where English is not the medium of instruction.

Course Work

  • The program requires at least four semesters of course work to complete successfully fifteen (15) three-unit master's level courses or 45 units.
  • 5 Foundation Courses are taken at Loyola School of Theology: Revelation-Faith, Christology, Ecclesiology, Fundamental Moral Theology and Christian Worship.
  • 6-month residential Pastoral Leadership and Management for Mission Program is held at EAPI and all modular assignments are to be successfully completed.
  • 5 Elective Courses are equivalent modules offered by EAPI in its PLMM Program.

Comprehensive Examination & Capstone Project

  • The student then takes a two-part comprehensive examination.
  • Finally, after completing the course work, the student prepares and submits a Capstone Project or Integrating Paper.

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