Our Masters Programs
The Master of Divinity is a first professional degree with the purpose of providing a solid foundation in the various theological disciplines and development of ministerial skills to prepare both lay and priesthood candidates for effective ministry in the Church. This degree prepares persons for pastoral ministry through academic study and supervised practice.
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is a professional degree program that prepares graduates to engage and advance the Church’s mission and ministry in the world. The Pastoral Ministry program gives students the foundation needed to serve as pastoral associates, liturgy coordinators, education directors, youth ministers or pastoral care workers.
The Sophia Community Program (SCP) is specifically designed to serve the growing population of women involved in Lay Ecclesial Ministry. Students in the SCP earn the MA in Pastoral Ministry through on-campus study in a summer session format, online courses, and supervised ministry completed in the local parish, diocese or other ministry settings. The Sophia Community is at the heart of the program. This community provides human, pastoral, and spiritual formation as called for in “Co-Workers in the Vineyard,” the 2005 document on formation for Lay Ecclesial Ministry written by the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prayer, theological reflection, and integration of academic study are all essential elements of life in the Sophia Community. Support continues through on-line connections between students, mentors, and faculty throughout the program.
The Master of Arts in Spirituality is a graduate-level academic program designed to help students from a variety of Christian religious traditions deepen their understanding of Christian spirituality. Students will study various classical and contemporary Christian spiritual and mystical traditions, movements, and figures. Graduates will be equipped to better understand their own spiritual journey and prepared to be valuable resources for spirituality and renewal centers, parish and retreat work, as well as other spirituality-related faith formation and educational programs in a culturally diverse and globalized world. Students will also be encouraged to participate in cohort integration groups. This program is available online of face-to-face.
The Master of Arts in Theology provides a professional, enriching experience in theological research in the context of Oblate School of Theology’s attention to evangelization and ministry in multi-cultural, collaborative, and ecumenically conscious environments. The degree is primarily an academic degree to prepare students for research at the doctoral level or for teaching at the secondary or college levels.
The MA Theology/MDiv Dual-Degree Program allows candidates for the Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) who hold a bachelor’s degree the ability to apply 18 credit hours from the Master of Divinity toward a Master of Arts (Theology) degree. They may earn a MA (Theology) degree by acquiring eighteen additional graduate credits in courses taken at OST, i.e. not transferred from another institution, and by fulfilling either of the final project requirements (Comprehensive Examination or Thesis) as designated for the MA (Theology) degree. The additional credits can be covered for seminarians by the additional credits beyond the MDiv degree that are required by the Program of Priestly Formation. The extra courses taken in the appropriate areas of Cultural and Historical Studies, Scriptural Studies, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Sacramental Theology, or Spirituality may be distributed among these areas or along with the final project, focused in one of them to constitute a concentration in that area.
The Certificate of Pastoral Studies (CPS) provides future ministers within the Roman Catholic Church accredited theological and pastoral training. It is a program of studies for a limited number of students unqualified to enter the MDiv degree program. The CPS is intended primarily for candidates for ordination to the priesthood who lack a Bachelor of Arts degree, or its equivalent.
The Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) is offered through an affiliation with Saint Paul University, Ottawa, and accredited by the Congregation for Catholic Education. The STB represents ecclesial certification that a student has completed the requirements for the degree and is knowledgeable in all the major areas of Catholic theology.