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Theology- Lay Ministry, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Paul, MN, United States
In every historical period and cultural context, there are fundamental questions that concern human beings: the nature of the universe, the existence and nature of God, the nature of human beings, the relationship of a human to God and to his world, the nature of evil and the possibility of redemption.
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The Lay Ministry Concentration is a specialization within the undergraduate theology major. It combines academic study (KNOW), observation of working ministers (SEE), and internship opportunities (DO), in order to provide students with the theological foundation, pastoral skills and spiritual formation necessary to assume entry-level positions in lay ecclesial ministry. Opportunities include pastoral ministry, youth ministry, religious education and faith formation, as well as a variety of support services for church and faith-based organizations.

Students who complete the program will have satisfied all of the theological competencies approved by the U.S. Conference of Bishops for lay ministers in the Roman Catholic Church, including the theology of revelation, God, church, sacraments and worship, morality and Catholic social teaching, ecumenism and interfaith relations. Ecumenical in nature and designed in cooperation with ministers from local Protestant churches, the program also welcomes students of other Christian traditions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Christian Theological Tradition
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Christian Morality
  • Church and Sacramentality 
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Catechesis and Faith Formation 
  • Christian Belief: Ancient and Contemporary 
  • Early Christian Theology
  • Person and Mission of Jesus
  • Theology of the Protestant and Catholic Reformation
  • Second Vatican Council 
  • Catholic Social Tradition 
  • Christian Worship

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The official undergraduate application for admission.
  • The admissions committee considers each student’s academic record, writing sample and recommendations, if applicable. Depending on the Admission Type to which you applied - Early Action or Regular Decision - applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and decisions announced at the respective notification date
  • Each confirmed student is required to provide a final high school transcript after graduation prior to the first day of class in the fall semester of admission.
  • Undergraduate students enrolled in 12 or more credits each semester are required to demonstrate proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
    • In-State

      44780 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 22390 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for Saint Paul

    • 1040 - 1760 USD/month
      Living Costs

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