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News from the Hill October 30, 2013 | back to index

Andover Newton Offers New Degree for Ministry Practitioners

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sarah B. Drummond is pleased to announce that the Association of Theological Schools has approved Andover Newton's petition to create a new degree program for the fall of 2014: a specialized professional Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS). This 48-credit (approximately 16-course) degree program will provide an opportunity for those engaged in ministry -- in its many, varied forms -- to receive both solid grounding in classical theological subjects and enriching education in the practice of ministry.

Students in the MAPS degree program will participate together in an evening Colloquium focused on theological reflection in the midst of ministry and will complete a capstone project of their own design. They will have access to evening, online, weekend, and intensive course formats for meeting all degree program requirements, making the MAPS Andover Newton's first degree expressly designed for those who work during the day. Although the program is designed for completion in two years, all degree programs at Andover Newton are flexible enough for students with various competing commitments to engage their studies at their own pace. The MAPS program will be no exception.

Dean Drummond writes, "We know that many of our constituents entered ministry before they had the opportunity to begin formal theological education. We have always honored students' previous ministry experiences, but this new program takes our commitment to providing theological education for ministry to a new level of engagement with those currently serving faith communities."

Head Advisor for Master of Arts Programs Prof. María-Teresa Dávila writes, "This is a rich and unique opportunity for many in diverse forms of leadership. Parish leaders, deacons, elders, administrators, and activists, among others will be able to gather tools necessary for new forms of leadership and community building that challenge our churches today."

Specific details about the MAPS degree program will be available upon the publication of the Andover Newton 2014-2015 Catalogue in May 2014. The Andover Newton Admissions team is accepting applications now.