Why Choose the Applied Pastoral Theology Program at Marylhurst?
Marylhurst is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), and our religious studies program is an Associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is actively working to ensure full membership in the association.
FOR WORKING PROFESSIONALS
Courses are offered online with two on-campus sessions per year in Portland. Each session lasts four-to-six days.
More than 90% of our graduates find relevant career placements in the field working in parishes or synagogues, advocating for others in social and community agencies, leading retreats and spiritual leaderships ministries or teaching religious education in churches and schools.
Clear pathway to graduation means no guessing on which courses to take. Complete the program in two years.
Small classes with expert faculty who have served, or currently serve as ministers and pastoral leaders. Plus, supportive alumni services to help you seek placement after graduation.
Pastoral Theology Courses
Marylhurst’s applied pastoral theology curriculum develops a strong and balanced theological ministerial foundation within an educational, professional and spiritual context. You will grow in wholeness through a greater understanding of self, connection with others, the universe and the Divine. Request information to learn more about the coursework preparing you to make a difference as a pastoral care provider.
Careers in Pastoral Ministry
Year after year, Marylhurst’s M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology graduates are highly employable within ministerial leadership roles. Whether you want to serve as a pastor, educator or within another ministerial capacity, you’ll find yourself well prepared with an applied pastoral theology degree. Connect with our admissions team to discuss your professional goals.
- You will need a conferred bachelor’s degree before starting the program.
- A minimum GPA for graduate program admission at Marylhurst is 3.0. If you have a GPA lower than 3.0, you will need to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the GRE and earn a score in the 50th percentile.
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