A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology
The MA major in Pastoral Ministry (MA-PAM) program serves the following purposes: To help priests, pastors, catechetical coordinators, religious educators, social action leaders, and various ministerial workers to acquire the knowledge and skills requisite for effective work in their chosen field of service. Rather than concentrating on a sharply and narrowly focused degree, this offers a variety of courses, electives and practicum-seminars that directly touch the work of pastoral workers and educators. This program requires no thesis writing.
The professional degree program has the following areas of specialization:
a.) Family Ministry and Counseling
b.) Spirituality and Retreat Direction
c.) Pastoral Management (see program description below)
d.) Pastoral Ministry, with further concentration on any of the following:
Biblical Theology, Systematic and Sacramental Theology, Moral Theology, Pastoral Theology
To get accepted to the MA major in Pastoral Ministry program, the applicants must have a government-recognized (civil) bachelor’s degree with at least 12 units of undergraduate (college) theology courses. Moreover, they must have attained at least a general undergraduate average of B (2.5 or 85) with no grade of “failure” or “condition”.
MA-PAM Course Work
This program requires at least four semesters of course work in which the student must complete successfully fifteen (15) master’s level courses. In the MA-PAM Spirituality and Retreat Direction, MA-PAM Religious Education, and MA-PAM Pastoral Ministry, the fifteen courses must belong to the following categories:
a) Foundation Courses (15 units): The five core courses:  Revelation-Faith (3 units);  Christology (3 units);  Ecclesiology (3 units);  Fundamental Moral Theology (3 units); and  Christian Worship (3 units).
b) Professional Courses (15 units): Five courses or seminars in the student’s area of specialization or concentration.
c) Electives (15 units): Five electives courses chosen from outside the student’s area of concentration. Courses in excess of the minimum requirements under Professional Courses may count as electives.
The MA-PAM in Family Ministry and Counseling program requires that the professional courses be taken in their proper sequence, and that two of the five elective courses must be practicum courses in the area of family ministries and counseling.
The modules of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (CIS) and Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation, if duly registered for MA credit in LST, can count as professional courses in the MA-PAM Spirituality and Retreat Direction program. Separate fees are charged by CIS and Emmaus Center to participate in their modules. LST charges separately for tuition and fees as usual.
MA-PAM Comprehensive Examination
After completing his/her course work, the student must pass a written comprehensive examination. The students must be registered with the Ateneo de Manila University to take the comprehensive examination. Note: one cannot register for comprehensive examination while still on course work or still have an incomplete grade (INC) in his/her course work.
The comprehensive examinations are scheduled once each semester and in the summer. Students who cannot take the comprehensive examination during the regular schedule must wait until the next examination period. Those who cannot complete the two parts of the examination at the schedule must repeat the entire comprehensive at the next examination period.
The examination has two parts, scheduled on separate dates: Part I covers the foundation courses (Revelation-Faith; Christology; Ecclesiology; Fundamental Moral Theology; and Christian Worship); and Part II covers the courses the student has taken in his/her area of concentration.
The two parts of the exams are graded separately. The passing grade for the comprehensive examination is 2.5 (B). In case of failure, only one retake is allowed. Students who fail the retake are dropped from the program unless, for special reason, the Standards and Degrees Committee recommends a second retake. In retake comprehensive examinations, students need to repeat only the parts failed.
The STB dogma comprehensive examination may serve as the MA comprehensive examination for students taking both STB and MA-PAM programs simultaneously. In this case, the student must be registered with both LST and the Ateneo to be able to take the comprehensive exam.
MA in Pastoral Ministry: Pastoral Management
The Master of Arts, major in Pastoral Ministry (Pastoral Management) of the School of Humanities of Ateneo de Manila University was approved by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Republic of the Philippines on July 18, 1996. This civil degree program aims to equip the 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 − animated by a profound apostolic spirituality − in the parish and other ecclesial settings. The courses delve into pastoral concerns, such as ecclesial leadership spirituality, group leadership skills, developmental planning, financial management and fund raising, handling conflicts in relationships and other topics.
Yearly, the EAPI houses around seventy men and women from different parts of the world – laity, religious and clergy – who live together as an international community, and take time to be in the programs that suit their specific needs for personal renewal, a “spiritual pause and review of life”, growth and greater effectiveness in their ministries as pastoral ministers and leaders of communities.
To get accepted to the program, applicants must have a government-recognized bachelor’s degree with at least 12 units of undergraduate (college) theology courses. Moreover, they must have attained at least a general undergraduate average of B (2.5 or 85).
The program requires at least four semesters of course work in which the student must complete successfully fifteen (15) three-unit master’s level courses or 45 units. The fifteen courses must belong to the following categories:
a) 5 Foundation Courses: Revelation-Faith, Christology, Ecclesiology, Fundamental Moral Theology, and Christian Worship.
b) 5 Professional Courses are modules offered by EAPI in its Pastoral Leadership and Management for Mission Program (PLMM): Church and Mission, Introduction to Pastoral Methods, Essentials of Parish Leadership, Conflict and Parish Management Consulting, and Responsible Financial Management and Fund Raising.
c) 5 Elective Courses are likewise modules offered by EAPI in its PLMM Program: Christian Morality and Moral Education; The Spirituality of Consecrated Life; Basic Themes in the Social Teaching of the Church; Parish Leadership Spirituality; and Designing Parish Leadership Programs. Other courses from outside the student’s area of concentration may be taken at LST. Courses in excess of the minimum requirements under Professional Courses may count as electives.
Capstone Project and Comprehensive Examination
After completing his/her course work, the student prepares and submits a Capstone Project or Integrating Paper. The student then takes a two-part comprehensive examination: Part I covers the foundation courses and Part II covers the student’s professional courses.
Application to the Program
Application Period & Deadlines: Students may apply for admission to the MA program in either semester. Procedures, required documents and deadlines for application are published on the website of Loyola School of Theology.
Entrance Tests: 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.
TOEFL: The 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. It is best that they take the TOEFL in their home countries before coming to the Philippines. The test result should form part of their application documents to the Ateneo de Manila Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
Acceptance: Applicants are accepted to the program by the Director of the Theology and Ministry Program (LST) of the School of Humanities upon the recommendation of the Admissions Committee which evaluates the applicants on the basis of their academic records, entrance test results, essays, bio-data, etc. On the recommendation of the Committee, some students may be required to take propaedeutic courses in English and Theology as a condition for their acceptance.
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