Description of Program
La Salle’s Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry provides a solid theological education, preparing students for lay ministry in the church, as well as providing a foundation for more advanced studies. Roman Catholic in its orientation, the program seeks to foster a truly ecumenical spirit with a faculty and student body representing various Christian churches and faith traditions.
Most students pursue the degree on a part-time basis. Classes are held in the evenings and on Saturdays during the Fall and Spring semesters and in the morning, afternoon, and evening during the Summer sessions.
Concentrations are available in three distinct areas: Theology, Pastoral Ministry, and Liturgical Practice. Each is characterized by a distinct Lasallian methodology combining academic excellence, theological reflection, and practical application.
The Theological Studies track concentrates on research and the systematic study of biblical, dogmatic, and spiritual theology. Graduates are able to articulate a sound contemporary theology that takes into account the cultural and socio-economic context of people’s lives.
The Pastoral Ministry track helps students investigate the issues and develop the skills that will enable them to become effective in the work of religious education and youth ministry The concentration in pastoral care prepares the graduate for lay parish ministry and chaplaincy.
The concentration in Liturgical Practice provides for the needs of those whose ministry intersects with liturgical planning for diocesan, parish, and school ministries. Within a theological, theoretical, and historical framework, the program focuses on the practical concerns of the liturgical life and worship in a Christian community.
In partnership with the Diocese of Trenton, the program offers a concentration in Church Ministry. Students who successfully complete the Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry or a similar program as determined by the director, are required to complete only 30 credits for the master’s degree. Other students can complete this concentration for the degree with the addition of six hours of practicum or elective courses.