I graduated from a secular university in December and now I’m looking into a variety of graduate programs at Cardinal Newman Society-listed universities only. I’m having trouble navigating the choppy sea of different programs and could use help!
I’m interested in adult catechesis. I know it’s an important missionary field, it’s in our own backyard, and it’s probably a growth “industry”, so to speak. A campus minister friend of mine suggested the “Institute of Pastoral Theology” at Ave Maria.
In my search I’m seeing MA degrees in Theology, Pastoral Theology, and more. For starters, what is the difference between Theology and Pastoral Theology degrees? Is there such a thing as a program that’s more directly related to adult catechesis? Google wasn’t my friend with these questions.
I noticed, for instance, that Pastoral theology seems to have lower GPA requirements in many cases (which is more commensurate with my GPA, incidentally). Many programs have no GPA requirement, though.
Financial aid is going to be a dire need, as if this wasn’t a complex question already. So if you know anything about this, in relation to CNS-list grad theology programs, please chime in!