Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

For further program details and course descriptions, see the Graduate Catalogue »

General Approach
The M.A.P.M. program consists of four components: coursework, field education and theological reflection, spiritual formation, and the Integration Seminar/Final Comprehensive Project. All students must take STHO 6020 Research Seminar in the first semester of study. 


  1. Coursework (42 credits)
    Students complete coursework according to the distribution below, divided into 30 credits in a core theological curriculum and 12 credits in their area of pastoral specialization. Specific courses are selected in consultation with the student's academic adviser.
    1. Core Theological Curriculum
      Students must complete 3 credits in each of the following core areas. The courses listed represent typical choices, not concrete requirements.

      New Testament (BIBL 6501, 6503, 6505)
      Old Testament (BIBL 6201, 6203, 6205)
      Church History (HSTD 6201, 6202, 6301)
      Liturgy (STHO 6501)
      Christology or Trinity (STHO 6203, 6204)
      Ecclesiology (STHO 6207, 6208)
      Sacramental Theology (STHO 6503, 6505, 6509)
      Moral Theology (CETH 6105, 6306)
      Theological Foundations for Ministry (STHO 6208, 6575)

    2. Concentration Area
      Students must earn 12 credits in PTHO courses. The coursework should represent a coherent concentration in a particular area of pastoral ministry and be determined by the student's present and prospective ministerial needs. Areas of concentration currently available include Seminary's Theological Education for Parish Services (STEPS), Youth Ministry, Christian Spirituality and Great Spiritual Books.

  2. Field Education and Theological Reflection
    All M.A.P.M. students must complete the equivalent of 6 credits of field education in professionally supervised settings approved by ICSST. Students may meet this requirement as follows:
    1. by taking part in two, single-semester field education experiences of six to eight hours weekly in a supervised setting;
    2. by enrolling in clinical pastoral education; or
    3. by other means approved by the associate deans.
Concomitantly with field education, students must enroll in a theological reflection group, which normally meets approximately 10 times over the course of an academic year.  Registration for the group is made through the associate dean.
  1. Spiritual Formation
    The formation program has three components:
  1. "Foundational Spiritual Experience" -- A cognitive and experiential introduction to the spiritual life, this year -long program explores movements in the spiritual life.  Liturgy, instruction, faith-sharing and communal prayer are some of the elements;
  2. Spiritual direction -- A list of recommended directors, persons associated in some way with the School who are familiar with the program and its goals, is available from the associate dean; and
  3. Participation in a retreat of several days made at some time during the course of studies. When the retreat has been completed, the student should inform the associate dean.
  1. Integration Seminar and Final Comprehensive Project
    All students must enroll in and successfully complete the 3-credit Integration Seminar (PTHO 9101). Completion of this seminar involves successful preparation of an acceptable final comprehensive project in ministry, attesting to the student's successful integration of theological knowledge and pastoral expertise with its appropriate application to a selected pastoral issue. Copies of the final project are submitted to the ICSST Library.

Diane M. Carr, M.A.
Academic Services and Admissions Coordinator

(973) 761-7491


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