Master of Pastoral Theology

Offering graduate-level theological study that integrates theory & practice, and connects doctrine with contemporary professional application.

About the Program

The Master of Pastoral Theology provides graduate education in pastoral theology to students interested in Catholic education and other ministries of service within the Christian community, while nurturing their own faith journeys within a community of learners joined in theological reflection and prayer.

The program also provides a series of concentrations for further study that will enhance the skills and broaden student perspectives on issues and ideas affecting both church and society. Current concentrations include the Permanent Diaconate Education, and Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction. Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction is an interdisciplinary program developed in collaboration with the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. The MPT program awards certificates of study for each of the concentrations named above.

Program Emphasis

Permanent Diaconate Education

The Permanent Diaconate track provides the academic preparation required for ordination of a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. The course of study will provide a strong foundation in Scripture, Systematic Theology, Philosophy, and Homiletics. This program is sponsored by the Diocese of Honolulu and the schedule of courses coincides with the academic needs of the diocesan deacon formation program. It is a cohort-based program.

Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction

The Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction track is an interdisciplinary program that explores the foundational issues underlying effective counseling, particularly as it impacts pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. While learning the basics of pastoral counseling and spiritual direction, one of the outcomes of this program is a clear understanding of when and to whom referrals must be made in the context of everyday lay ministry. This is a cohort-based program.