Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Specialization in Pastoral Studies

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Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a graduate specialization in Pastoral Studies will:

  • demonstrate proficient breadth of knowledge concerning the theory and practice of pastoral theology and pastoral care;

  • demonstrate depth of knowledge in one or more focused areas of pastoral studies through the completion of elective coursework;

  • integrate, synthesize, and apply pastoral studies knowledge through a supervised ministry practicum.


Core Courses (9 credits)
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling (3 credits)

  • Ministry to Families (3 credits)

  • Listening in Pastoral Ministry or equivalent ministry communications course (3 credits)

Electives (6 credits)

Electives must be specific to pastoral studies and may include courses coded 40:xxx such as Reflections on Hispanic Ministry; 43:xxx Ministry to Families, Crisis Ministry, Grief in Pastoral Ministry, and 49:xxx Human Development and Christian Maturity, Human Sexuality.

Supervised Ministry Practicum (3 credits)

The supervised ministry practicum offers practical experience in a ministry setting designed to help you synthesize the teaching from Scripture, tradition and the magisterium with contemporary, scientifically aware, historically conscious, ecumenically sensitive and culturally inclusive perspectives in a pastoral setting.

The practicum gives you the opportunity to tailor a placement specific to your needs. Our Pastoral Formation staff helps you identify a pastoral ministry supervisor or local agency representative to provide you with ongoing supervision and feedback.

Prerequisites for the ministerial practicum

  • Required core courses and electives satisfactorily completed

  • A GPA of 3.5 in specialization coursework

  • Approval by faculty specific to the area of research is required

Note: While not a license to practice pastoral care, a certificate is evidence of training in pastoral care.