M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology

Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Earn your M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology from Marylhurst

Marylhurst’s Master of Art (M.A.) in Applied Pastoral Theology prepares you to be an effective and exceptional pastoral care provider by integrating theology with professional application. Increase your effectiveness as a spiritual care provider and grow your knowledge of self, others and the Holy. With a degree in applied pastoral theology you’ll be able to support and serve people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Next opportunity to enroll is Fall 2018.

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. Learn more about the coursework preparing you to make a difference as a pastoral care provider.

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. Explore the diverse environments where graduates are making an impact.

  • The M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology program is now accepting inquiries. The next opportunity to enroll is Fall 2018.

Review admissions requirements, application deadlines and the process to formally apply to this graduate program at Marylhurst University.

Exceptional Faculty

Jerry Roussell Jr. brings energy and perspective to coursework through reflective, collaborative engagement with students. Sheila O’Connell-Roussell leverages class inter-dynamics to enliven the materials into a living, breathing, tangible and spiritual reality. Together as a pastoral community, Marylhurst faculty and students unite in studies to transform and create a more compassionate, loving and just world for all people.

Dr. Sheila O'Connell-Roussell - Marylhurst University“I thrive on seeing students rise to their full potential. In this M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology program and all of our religious studies programs, students are listened to and welcomed. They become part of our pastoral community that is dedicated to working for the good. One of my favorite classes to teach is biblical exegesis. I love working through critical method to discover the historicity of text. And I love discovering the deep commitment of our ancestors in faith and understanding them within their social-political and religious context.  Come learn with me. Earn your professional degree and prepare to serve people of all faiths and backgrounds in numerous pastoral fields.”

~ Dr. Sheila O’Connell-Roussell, Faculty

  • Current graduate tuition for the Applied Pastoral Theology program is $618 per credit. Most courses are four credits.
  • The Master’s program in Applied Pastoral Theology is 60-68 credits in length for an approximate total program cost (based on current tuition) of $37,080 – $42,024.

Explore Marylhurst’s extensive financial aid management services, including helpful advisors and scholarships – all which help you manage the cost of earning your degree. Marylhurst has little-to-no fees (for example, parking is free on campus) and most students complete this degree within two years.


  • Regionally accredited (NWCCU accredited)
  • Associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
  • Small class sizes with renowned faculty who focus on you
  • Beautiful classroom environment located on our tranquil campus
  • More than 122-year history of academic excellence

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