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MPT Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum

The MPT program is a non-thesis graduate program. The course of study requires a minimum of 34 graduate credits. The Core Foundation Courses may be waived depending on the applicant’s academic and/or life experience. The preference for entry into the program is an undergraduate degree in theology or religious studies with an emphasis in Christian studies. Applicants without such preparation are required to take the prerequisite foundation courses or their equivalent, and may be required to take all or some of the recommended 500-level courses. Although students are taking these courses for credit, they do not apply to the minimum number of credits required for completion of the degree program.

Foundation Courses
  • RE 501 Biblical Theology
  • RE 502 Systematic Theology
Core Requirements
  • RE 731/406 Code of Canon Law

Scripture Studies:

  • RE 600/401 Prophets and Writings
  • RE 606/400 Pentateuch and Historical Books
  • RE 607 Synoptic Gospels and Acts
  • RE 608 New Testament Letters
  • RE 609 Johannine Writings and Revelation

Systematic theology 

  • RE 637 Christology and Trinity
  • RE 642 Ecclesiology: Its Nature and Mission
  • RE 643 Sacramental Theology and Practice

Moral Theology Requirement:

  • RE 664 Moral Theology: Fundamental and Applied
  • RE 629 Catholic Social Teaching

Required Capstone Course 

  • RE 790 Pastoral Theology Seminar

Electives: Choose one course 

  • RE 616 History and Theology of Vatican II/Catholic Catecheticism
  • RE 621 History of the Early Church
  • RE 622 Interreligious Dialogue/Ecumenical Ministry
  • RE 626 Theological Anthropology: Sin and Grace
  • RE 628 New Evangelization: Small Christian Communities
  • RE 647 Theology of Liturgy
  • RE 661 Approaches to Morality
  • RE 662 Contemporary Moral Problems
  • RE 680 Special Topics in Systematic Theology
  • RE 730 Homiletics
  • RE 740 Mary in the Christian Tradition
Elective Courses
  • RE 500 Research Methods
  • RE 503 Historical Theology
  • RE 504 Moral Theology
  • RE 515 Introduction to New Testament
  • PH 550 Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

Diaconate Education Concentration

The Diaconate Education Track is a cohort program specifically designed to meet the requirements for ordination of permanent deacons in the Roman Catholic Church. It allows for more depth of reflection and specific applications to the ministry of the permanent deacon in the Church. Students in the Diaconate Formation Program may opt for either the Diaconate Education Track (64 graduate credits including six credits from the Core Foundation pre-requisite courses), the traditional MPT degree (38 graduate credits including four credits from the Core Foundation pre-requisite courses), undergraduate credit (not applicable to the graduate degree), or for auditor status, completing 64 credits required for Ordination.

Diaconate Education Coursework

The program of study for students with a Diaconate Education concentration includes the following coursework:

  • PH 550: Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas
  • RE 730/404 Homiletics
  • PH 650/481 Philosophy I
  • RE 616/416 History and Theology of Vatican II/Catholic Catechism
  • RE 621/416 History of the Early Church
  • RE 622/422 Interreligious Dialogue/Ecumenical Ministry
  • RE 628/428 New Evangelization/Small Christian Communities
  • RE 647/417 Theology of Liturgy
  • RE 740/418 Mary in the Christian Tradition

Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction

The Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction concentration is a cohort-based program. Students will explore the foundational issues underlying effective counseling, particularly as it impacts on pastoral counseling and spiritual direction in a multicultural environment. This certificate requires a minimum of 8 courses/24 credits. Counseling psychology courses may require prerequisites, and the required courses may not be offered during a single academic year. However, the two Religion courses (RE 685 and RE 687) will be offered to cohorts on consecutive summers.

It is recommended that students in the certificate program take PSY 524 Abnormal Psychology if they do not have a psychology course in their academic history. While learning the basics of pastoral counseling and spiritual direction, one of the outcomes of this program is a clear understanding of when and to whom referrals must be made in the context of everyday lay ministry.

Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction Courses

The program of study for students with a Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction concentration includes the following coursework:

  • PL 670/PSY 521: Personality
  • PL 671/PSY 601: Issues in Counseling
  • PL 673/PSY 603: Introduction to Counseling Skills
  • PL 675/PSY 611: Group Processes
  • PL 771/PSY 736: Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • PL 775/PSY 773: Spiritual Dimensions of Counseling

Summer Intensive I

  • RE 685 Pastoral Counseling

Summer Intensive II

  • RE 687 Spiritual Direction