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Core curriculum:
  • Systematic Theology 21
  • Sacred Scripture 9

And 18 credits from either of the following tracks:

Diaconal Ministry

  • Sacraments and Liturgy 3
  • Field work 6
  • Integration seminar 3
  • Homiletics 6

Lay Ministry

  • Sacraments and Liturgy 3
  • Field work 6
  • Integration seminar 3
  • Electives 6

Total 48 Credits

A grade point average of 3.0

 

Successful completion of a comprehensive capstone assessment project.

A normal load for students is 6 credits per semester for three years. There will be no courses in the summer of the third year of studies. With approval from the Academic Dean, a maximum of 12 credits may be transferred from other graduate schools. A candidate must complete all degree requirements within 10 years after acceptance into the program. Ordinarily, classes each semester will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Due to the constraints of resources and the formative nature of this degree, a new cycle will begin every two years only. New students must enter the program with a cohort at the beginning of each new cycle. The first cycle began in the Fall of 2009; the second in the Fall of 2011, and so forth.

 

Year One:

Fall:

  • EM 700: Fundamental Theology 3
  • EM 705: Creation and the Christian God 3

Spring:

  • EM 710: Christology & Christian Anthropology 3
  • EM 715: Fundamental Moral Theology 3

Summer:

  • EM 720: Catholic Social Doctrine 3
  • EM 725: Sacramental Theology & Liturgy 3

Total 18 Credits

Year Two:

Fall:

  • EM 730: The Synoptic Gospels 3
  • EM 735: Christian Marriage & Sexuality 3

Spring:

  • EM 740: Johannine Literature 3
  • EM 745: The Epistles 3

Summer:

  • EM 750: Ecclesiology & Mariology 3
  • EM 755: Field Work I 3

Total 18 Credits

Year Three:

Fall:

  • EM 760: Field Work II 3
  • PA 722: Homiletics or an elective 3

Spring:

  • EM 765: Integration Seminar 3
  • PA 723: Homiletics or an elective 3

 

    Total 12 Credits

Total Credits:

48 Credits

In lieu of Homiletics, lay students not pursuing ordination in the permanent diaconate will take 2 electives from the Seminary’s regular course schedule, including elective offerings from the other M.A. areas of concentration. Students are free to take these electives any time after the first two semesters of study.

 

Field Work:

For permanent diaconate candidates, oversight for the field work placements will be the responsibility of an assigned diocesan official.

For lay students, field work placements will be the responsibility of Saint Vincent Seminary’s Director of Pastoral Formation.

Students doing field work in the area of secondary education will need to do this during the course of a normal academic year and not during the summer.

Integration Seminar:

To complete this degree students will meet together to discuss and evaluate their field work experience. This course will ask each student to produce a 7500 word paper displaying their command of Catholic pastoral theology and its application to the pastoral need they have identified in their field assignment and the solution or program they have prepared and implemented in EM 760 Field Work II.

This work should reflect an understanding of the theological principles guiding the Catholic faith tradition, and how these are experienced in the practical order of a person’s and a community’s life of faith. The student is expected to articulate his role as an ordained deacon or lay minister in this description. A bibliography of theological and pastoral sources with appropriate citations in the text is expected to support the presentation.

Thesis Options:

For Lay Students Only:

Lay students, who are not taking this degree for any future active pastoral ministry, may opt to write a thesis instead of doing Field Work I & II.
Those who choose this option will also have to take one additional elective course from the Seminary’s regular course schedule, including elective offerings from the other M.A. areas of concentration (students are free to take these electives any time after the first two semesters of study), to replace EM 765: Integration Seminar.

 



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