Santa Clara University

Graduate Progam in Pastoral Ministries


Students in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries earn an M.A. degree. The degree consists of sixty quarter units, which are made up of fifteen four-unit classes. Seven of the fifteen courses are required Foundational courses, the remaining eight classes are selected from a variety of elective courses.

People of all ages, vocations and walks of life pursue the Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministries to enrich their lives through a deeper exploration of their faith. Many choose to deepen their understanding of spiritual matters in order to pursue careers in fields related to social justice, such as human services, community outreach, education, youth or campus ministry. Coursework focuses on history, psychology, discernment, contemporary issues, liturgy, scripture, prayer, Hispanic ministry, and lay leadership.

  • iconSeven Required Foundational Courses:

    • Fundamental Theology
    • Christology
    • Ethics
    • Ecclesiology
    • Hebrew Bible
    • New Testament
    • Sacraments & Liturgy
  • iconHispanic Ministry Emphasis

    Students in the Hispanic Ministry emphasis participate in the three courses associated with the Instituto Hispano, a summer program offered in Berkeley in collaboration with Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. The Instituto is a two-week intensive, Spanish-language ministry and theology program. Credit toward the GPPM degree will be earned through participation in the Instituto and enrollment in an online course linked to the Instituto.

  • iconDiaconate Formation

    Since 1983 the candidates for the Permanent Diaconate as well as the trainees for the Diocesan Advanced Lay Leadership program in the Diocese of San Jose have received their theological training in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries in face-to-face classes on the Santa Clara University campus.

    The candidates for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Monterey receive their theological formation in the program with blended classes offered at locations within their home diocese and online.

  • iconNon-Degree Seeking

    Students may take courses in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries with non-degree seeking status. Tuition costs remain the same as for degree seeking students.

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