Master of Pastoral
Global Ministries University (GMU) and People’s Catholic Seminary (PCS) are collaboratively offering a Master of Pastoral Ministry degree. The degree is granted by GMU and PCS is providing the course of study. This affordable master’s program is designed for those who are walking the pathway to ordination, the ordained, and members of our inclusive communities who seek to continue their education within an interactive supportive seminary environment. Credit is awarded for life experience and previous education. Global Ministries University is an accredited member of the International Association of Distance Learning.
Scholarship Funds are available through the Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship Fund for Women Discerning Priestly Ordination. An application form can be found at: https://www.womensordination.org/programs/scholarship/
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- Apply directly to Global Ministries University (GMU) for admission to Master of Pastoral Ministry Degree. Application can be found on the GMU website: http://www.globalministriesuniversity.org/application.html
- Payment plan is determined by length of program. All payment arrangements are made through GMU.
- Once admitted to GMU, students are directed to People’s Catholic Seminary (PCS) to design a program of study and to determine credit for prior learning and life experience. The GMU policy for prior learning and life experience is printed below.
- Global Ministries University and accredited member of the International Association of Distance Learning. Please read GMU’s accreditation statement at: http://www.globalministriesuniversity.org/aboutgmu/accreditation.html
GMU Policy for Prior Learning and Life Experience Credit
Traditionally, college credits are earned in formal classrooms within the academic semester. However, Global Ministries University believes that extra-institutional learning and life experiences can also be valid for college credit and therefore awards credit for relevant work duties, volunteer work, non-credit courses, seminars, and workshops. This feature could significantly reduce the amount of time it will take you to earn your Master of Pastoral Ministry Degree. Refer to the particular degree program of interest to you for number of credits that may be awarded.
The assessment form that is included in the orientation information serves as a guideline to assist student in the submission of prior learning and/or life experience that may be eligible for credit toward degree program. Refer to specific program for number of credits that may be awarded.
The student’s completed assessment form is submitted to PCS Dean for evaluation and determination of how many credits will be awarded for prior learning and life experience.
Credits Required: A total number of 36 credits is needed for completion of the Master of Pastoral Ministry degree. Students must earn 18 credits through Global Ministries University.
Prior Learning and Life Experience Allowance: A maximum of 18 credits may be awarded for prior learning and life experience combined with a maximum of 9 credits for life experience.
Prior Learning Allowance: A maximum of 18 credits may be awarded for prior learning experience.
Prior Life Experience Allowance: – A maximum of 9 credits may be awarded for life experience.
Student will complete and submit an assessment form, which includes prior learning and life experience, and PCS Dean will award credits as appropriate. Once credits are awarded, PCS and student develop a learning contract that includes the number of credits, a list of courses needed and length of time to complete the Master of Pastoral Ministry Degree. Students may choose up to 3 years to complete the program.
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