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    Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies Program


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    Theological and Pastoral Studies

    Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies Program

    Put your faith into action at a leadership level.

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    Ready to take the next step? Apply online and receive a decision within two weeks.


    The Theological and Pastoral Studies (TAPS) program is designed for women and men who are called to leadership and scholarly service in the church and in the world. Grounded solidly in the Catholic and Ursuline tradition, this master's in theology program welcomes students of all denominations and reflects an ecumenical approach in its course content, Biblical studies, and curricular offerings.

    Accomplished, Accessible Theology Faculty

    The master's in theology and pastoral studies faculty members teaching in Ursuline's TAPS program hold the terminal degrees in their field and are popular public speakers and authors.

    Bridge Program: Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies Program

    Ursuline's undergraduate Religious Studies majors may "bridge" into this master's program by taking graduate ministry courses (while still an undergrad) that satisfy up to nine undergrad credits.

    Careers: Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies Program

    A master's in theology will prepare you to serve in a broad range of pastoral and ministerial settings or as doctoral preparation. Our graduates serve in a variety of ministries, including:

    • Parish ministry
    • Youth ministry
    • Christian education
    • Campus ministry
    • Social justice ministries
    • Prison ministries
    • Chaplaincy
    • Hospice

    Scholarships: Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies Program

    Theological and Pastoral Studies students receive a tuition reduction scholarship if they meet one of the following criteria:

    • Teaching in a Catholic school
    • Working part-time or full-time in pastoral ministry
    • Having been accepted into a ministry certification program

    Information is available from the Ministry program director or the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies. Requests for this assistance must be renewed every semester.

    Theological and Pastoral Studies students are also eligible to apply for the Joseph Nearon Ministry Scholarship, the Ministry Scholarship Fund and the Margaret A. Jarc Scholarship Fund. Contact Dr. Linda Martin for more information at

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