Program Requirements

Hours: 36

The Design of the Graduate Program

The Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree with a concentration in spirituality and wellness is earned through successful completion of 36 semester hours of graduate credit, and a comprehensive examination. The program is built upon four components:

  1. Spirituality and Wellness in Systems (18 credit hours)
  2. Theology Core Courses (12 credit hours)
  3. Pastoral Praxis Component (3 credit hours)
  4. Integrating Project (3 credit hours).

Spirituality and Wellness in Systems Core - 18 hours

RPS 500Coming to the Well,Theology of Ministry in a Changing World (3)

RPS 506Spirituality & Wellness (3)

RPS 510Socio-Ecological Dimensions of Pastoral Care (3)

RPS 514Spirituality of Leadership (3)

RPS 560Pastoral Care & Counseling (3)

REL 563Life Through Death (3)

Theology Core - 12 hours

Seminar in Scripture - Choose One (3) 

REL 541Issue in Pauline Theology (3)

RPS 526Spirit of Johannine Literature (3)

Seminar in Systematics - Choose One (3)

REL 547Seminar Systematic Theology I (3)

REL 548Seminar Systematic Theology II (3)

Seminar in Spirituality - (3) Choose One

RPS 504Personal Spirituality (3)

RPS 603History of Spirituality (3)

Seminar in Ethics - Choose One (3)

RPS 542Critical Issues in Ethics (3)

RPS 547Christian Social Justice (3)

RPS 552Theology of Healthcare Ethics (3)

Pastoral Praxis Component - 3 hours

RPS 512Pastoral Practicum (3-6)

or choose one of the following:

RPS 590Appalachian Culture and Spirituality (3)

RPS 591Cherokee Culture & Spirituality (3)

RPS 592Honduran Culture & Spirituality (3)

RPS 593Lakota Culture & Spirituality (3)

RPS 594US/Mexico Border Experience (3)

RPS 595Pastoral Care & Spirituality in Ireland (3)

Integrating Project - 3 hours

Fall Semester

RPS 575Integrating Project (3)

Admission Requirements

Individuals applying for admission to the graduate program in religious studies must submit the following:

  • A completed application form.
  • An official undergraduate transcript with a baccalaureate degree noted from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 sent directly from the undergraduate institution(s) to the Office of Graduate Admission, Mount St. Joseph University, 5701 Delhi Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
  • A short (5-page) essay explaining the purpose for application and vocational goals.
  • An interview with the Graduate Admission Committee.

***Effective July 1, 2014, the College of Mount St. Joseph became Mount St. Joseph University. Any reference within the catalog to the College will be understood to be a reference to Mount St. Joseph University after July 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.***