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:
- Spirituality and Wellness in Systems (18 credit hours)
- Theology Core Courses (12 credit hours)
- Pastoral Praxis Component (3 credit hours)
- 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
RPS 575Integrating Project (3)
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.
- Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
- A short (3-page) essay explaining the purpose for application and vocational goals.
- An interview with the Graduate Admission Committee.
- A current resume describing your work history
- Students will increase their knowledge of self and their spirituality and be able to use that knowledge in providing competent pastoral/spiritual care.
- Students will be able to examine, assess and respond to a pastoral situation in terms of a systems perspective: individual, family, congregation, and community.
- Students will be able to think theologically about themselves as pastoral care providers and the nature of pastoral care.
- Students will demonstrate skills in research, expression, and assessment in a supervised pastoral care context and use those skills effectively in the practice of pastoral/spiritual care. Specifically, students will be able to complete a formal needs assessment in a particular context, conduct a professional literature review for a particular issue under investigation, and identify professional groups that focus on these contexts and issues.
- Students will deepen their understanding of their religious heritage and the Christian tradition and relate that understanding to critical issues in contemporary pastoral care.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical implications of pastoral activity and be familiar with the code of ethics applicable to their ministry.