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Master of Pastoral Studies

Spring Hill College’s master of pastoral studies is designed for a broad range of students — from those wishing to develop deeper biblical understanding to those called to be on the pastoral staff. The program is designed to develop the student’s theological and ministerial competency through academic study, reflection on ministerial practice, and the student’s personal experiences as a person of faith.

Designed primarily for adult students who are working full-time in their professions or homes, the MPS program builds the foundation of critical tools of analysis, an understanding of practical theology and solid theological reflection which culminates in the application of theological understanding in ministry. Besides academic study, the students will be involved in ministerial internships.

Programs in Theology & Ministry are available in a blended format, combining online work with occasional face to face class meetings at our home campus in Mobile or at Ignatius House in Atlanta.

Where Our Graduates Work

  • Mobile Infirmary
  • Providence Hospital
  • Diocese of Jackson, MS

Class profile

  • Class size: 15
  • Male/Female Ratio: 50%/50%
  • Number of international students: 3
  • Percentage who are Catholic: 60%
  • Percent who are working professionals: 90%
  • Percent who are working full time in ministry: 30%


  • Admission requirement? 6 credits of undergraduate theology
  • GPA requirement? GPA of 3.0 and above/ 2.5-3.0 for conditional admission
  • Number of faculty? 6 full time faculty
  • Will this degree fit my schedule? Online courses; 6 on-site meetings on weekends; local internships
  • How many credit hours are needed to complete the degree? 33
  • How long does it take to complete the program? Approximately 3 years part-time
  • Are there Certificate options? Yes, Spiritual Direction and Theological Studies

Degree Requirements

The Master of Pastoral Studies degree program requires thirty-three credit hours: fifteen to eighteen hours of theology courses from the master of theological studies program, as well as practical theology, internships, and spirituality courses.

Review the admissions requirements for this program


Lydia Johnson '17

The Graduate Theology program at Spring Hill College has challenged and encouraged me in ways I did not expect. I knew going back to school would tough with a family and full-time job, but I had not expected it to be so enlivening. Professors, assignments, and most often classmates have stretched and deepened my understandings of Christ's love and inspired me to consider new ways we can live that love out alongside one another.

— Lydia Johnson '17

Dr. John Switzer

Our MPS program was designed to help students who want to serve the church in pastoral work. It is designed with an option for students to complete a practical project under the supervision of an experienced pastoral leader. The program combines theological depth with practical pastoral experience.

— Dr. John Switzer

Tuition Reduction

Because Spring Hill offers its theology programs as a service to the region’s community of faith and as an expression of its basic mission, the cost per credit hour reflects a generous tuition reduction which is applied toward all students. The same fee applies to graduate, undergraduate, and audit levels.

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