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Master of Arts in Hispanic Theology and Ministry

Master of Arts in Hispanic Theology and Ministry
(36 credit-hours)

Designed to form ministers for religious leadership in the U.S. Catholic Church, with its majority Latino/a population, this degree provides foundational instruction in Hispanic religious heritage, Latino/a biblical hermeneutics, and Latino/a theologies. The program provides supervised experiences in Latino/a ministry or, for students already engaged in Hispanic ministry, opportunities to critically reflect on their pastoral skills.

Distance Learning Option

Up to twelve credit-hours may be earned entirely online. Other courses may be offered in the blended format of both on-site and online coursework. Visit: Click to Connect for more information.

Educational goals and outcomes for students

  • The capacity to recognize the complexity of the US Hispanic experience of the church
  • Initial integration of theologies arising from US Latino/a contexts with pastoral experiences
  • The ability to engage in theological reflection as teología y pastoral en conjunto
  • The capacity to respond pastorally in particular Latino/a cultural/religious contexts


All applicants should have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent.

Course of StudyCredit-hours
Core Courses: 
FR4001 Foundations: Religious Experience in Context2
FP4001 Foundations: Theology and Practice of Ministry2
FT4001 Foundations: Understanding Christian Tradition2
Methods and Sources in Latino/a Theology and Ministry3
Introduction to Old Testament2
Introduction to New Testament2
Integrating Seminar2
Hispanic Concentration Courses12
Hispanic Internship or Immersion with Theological Reflection: 
Ministry Placement2
Theological Reflection1

Additional Program Requirements

Participation in appropriate spiritual formation program.

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

  1. Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s suitability for graduate study and ministry. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Admissions Office. Note: Applicants from participating religious communities need to provide a letter from the community affirming their support to pursue this degree.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended by the applicant. Transcripts are to be sent by the Registrars of these schools directly to the Admissions Office.
  3. Undergraduate background in theology and/or philosophy is recommended.
  4. Three years of experience in communicating religious values to others.


For more information contact:

Kathy Van Duser
Director of Recruitment
Tel: 773.371.5450
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