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Course Requirements

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies requires 60 units of coursework: 36 units of core courses, 16 units in a selected concentration of ministry, 4 units of field education, and 4 units of a capstone project.

Core Courses36 units
GBBL 511
Seminar in Biblical Interpretation
GBBL 512
The Gospels’ Witness to Christ
GBBL 521
People of God
GMIN 516
Dynamics of Christian Formation
GMIN 547
Foundations for Ministry Life
GMIN 548
Pastoral Counseling
GTHE 504
God, Creation, and Humanity
GTHE 513
History of the Modern Church
GTHE 514
Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Church
Concentration16 units
Complete four courses in one of the following specialized areas of ministry:
Field Education4 units
GMIN 569
Field Education in Ministry*

*Repeated for total of 4 units

Integrative Ministry4 units
GMIN 608
Integrative Ministry Project
Requirements for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies60 units

Advanced Standing

Transfer Units

A student may petition to transfer in up to 60 units for the M.Div., less any Advanced Standing units (e.g., 38 units transfer and 22 units Advanced Standing, or any other combination totaling 60 units), up to 40 units for the MAPS and MA(TS), and up to 32 units for the MAYM, less any Advanced Standing units, from other regionally or ATS-accredited graduate degree programs. Units transferred are limited to one half of an earned master’s degree. A minimum of 30 units for the M.Div., 22 units for the MAPS and MA(TS), and 16 units for the MAYM must be completed at Azusa Pacific Seminary.

Additional Degree Requirements

Advancement to Candidacy

In order for students to progress beyond the initial courses of the master’s degree program, they must be granted candidacy. Candidacy is granted by faculty approval upon the satisfactory completion of 16 units of coursework with a minimum of 2.7 grade-point average (3.0 is required for MATS degree), and evaluation of each student’s personal growth and commitment to the mission and goals of Azusa Pacific Seminary.

Time Limit

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies must be completed within eight years from the date of admission. APU coursework completed more than eight years prior to completion of degree requirements is not accepted toward the degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many units do I take each quarter/semester?
While there are no minimum or maximum unit requirements, 9 units is considered a full-time schedule.

How long is a semester?
Semesters generally run for 15 weeks.

How many hours does each class session require?
Both once a week classes, which last for 4 hours and 15 minutes, and twice a week classes, which run for 2 hours each, are available.

How many students will there be in my classes?
Most classes will average 15–18 students.

How many evenings per week do I attend classes?
Classes usually meet once a week, but some are offered twice a week.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.