The University of Portland offers a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) degree, with a new cohort beginning each fall.
The MAPM program sees theology as an effort to understand the mystery of God working in society through the people of God. The program provides pastoral ministers with sound theological foundations, basic ministerial skills, and resources for ministry and personal spirituality. The 39-credit hour program can be completed in three years by taking two courses each fall and spring semester and one class in the summer session.
Cohorts enjoy the experience of theological reflection groups, spiritual directors, personal academic advisors, e-mail discussion groups, and computer access to libraries.
Please visit the University of Portland MAPM site for more information regarding the program: http://college.up.edu/theology/default.aspx?cid=2103&pid=195
Frequently Asked Questions about MAPM:
What if I can't take two courses each semester?
While we strongly recommend that students take classes in the prescribed manner of two classes each in the Fall and Spring semesters, and one class in the summer session, we will be happy to work with individual students to devise a program of study that is mutually satisfactory.
Who attends this program?
The program attracts both lay people seeking to gain professional knowledge to enhance their pastoral work and those people discerning a call to serve the Church as deacons.
Where are the classes held and where do out-of-town students stay?
The Griffin Retreat Center near Christ the King Church in southeast Portland, hosts both MAPM classes and the out-of-town students. Lodging costs for the weekend are affordable. Students usually share meals, bringing the food and cooking meals in the well-equipped kitchen.
What's the geographic spread of MAPM students?
Students come from throughout the state of Oregon and western Washington.
What jobs do MAPM graduates hold?
Often students are already employed by a parish and continue with that job throughout their time in graduate school. Upon graduation they are prepared for greater responsibilities in their existing job. Others are working in social work seeking to add the pastoral component to their client care. Still others desire to work in the medical setting as hospital chaplains. Some students develop new interest and so seek new jobs upon graduation. Our graduates are our best advertisement!
For more information contact the MAPM Director:
Sr. Kathleen McManus, at 503-943-7153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.