Theological and Pastoral Studies
Welcome to Ursuline College's Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies (TPS) website! We are glad that you have found us, and we hope that you will take some time to explore our website, get to know our students and faculty, and discover the rich and unique experience that a theological education at Ursuline College has to offer.
What can you expect from a graduate education in theology at Ursuline College?
First, you will find that theological education at Ursuline is rigorous yet practical
. The TPS program provides students with a professional degree that integrates theological education with ministerial formation and practical experience. The curriculum includes a 36 credit-hour course of instruction that provides students with a broad and deep academic foundation in scripture, doctrine, theology, pastoral care and counseling, church history and ethics, as well as with hands-on experiences in pastoral ministry.
Second, you will find that theological education at Ursuline is integrative
. There is a constant conversation taking place in our classrooms between the body of tradition we study critically, and the many and varied experiences each of us brings with us into that same classroom. You will find this distinctive emphasis on integration and synthesis throughout all of your coursework, whether you are taking a course in Church History, Moral Theology, Liturgy and Sacraments, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Social Justice or Christian Scriptures. Every member of our program faculty seeks to accomplish this kind of integration in our courses through reading assignments, through lecture, through classroom dialogue, through written projects, group projects and through theological reflection.
Finally, theological education at Ursuline is transformative
. A fundamental principle of theological scholarship for people of faith is that we are transformed by what we study. Critical study of the object of our faith should not lessen that faith but indeed, should broaden and deepen that faith. The study of theology should not lead to indifference but rather should teach us more about our religious beliefs and values. And indeed, as you will see and hear from our students and faculty, the Ursuline TPS program has transformed many students since it first began in 1990, leading women and men into deeper, more mature, and more authentic relationships with one another, with their religious communities, with the world and with God.
Stay awhile! Take time to explore our program. Learn about our curriculum, get to know our faculty, hear from our students and alumnae, and discover how Ursuline's Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies will equip you to better serve the church and the world.
Wishing you all the best,
Linda Martin, Ph.D.Director, Masters of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies programProgram description
The Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies program at Ursuline College prepares women and men for professional work in the church and in society. Grounded solidly in the Catholic and Ursuline tradition, the TPS program has, from its inception, welcomed students of all denominations, and in recent years, has been increasingly deliberate in reflecting a more broadly ecumenical approach in its course content and curricular offerings, as well as in the makeup of its leadership team. Ursuline's TPS degree will prepare you to serve in a broad range of pastoral and ministerial settings, both in the church and in the world. Our graduates serve in a variety of ministries, including parish ministry, youth ministry, Christian education, campus ministry, social justice ministries, prison ministries, chaplaincy and hospice.
The TPS program is designed for women and men who are called to leadership and service in the church and in the world, and is ideally suited for:
- Current parish staff who want to retool or refresh their knowledge and skills to better serve the people of God in the 21st century;
- Women and men currently serving in active ministry who want to grow intellectually and spiritually;
- Women and men pursuing a call to ministry who seek spiritual formation, a rigorous and high quality academic program, and hands-on experience in the field of ministry.