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Master of Pastoral Theology (MPT) Overview

Master of Pastoral Theology courses are scheduled as part of the Diocese of Honolulu Diaconate Education program. When the student applies, the Director will develop a degree plan for the student. The cycle of courses generally requires a minimum of three years to complete the program requirements.

Students and faculty in the Master of pastoral Theology (MPT) program strive to create a community of learners who focus on nurturing a practical foundation in Christian theology and practice. Grounded in the Catholic and Marianist traditions, the program promotes effective service within the various ministries of the Church, while enhancing the students’ understanding of their personal faith journeys.

The program also provides a series of concentrations for further study that will enhance the skills and broaden student perspectives on issues and ideas affecting the church and society. Among the current concentrations are the diaconate education track, leadership within a service–oriented context, religion and society, opportunities for developing skills in pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Some of the concentrations have courses that are cross-listed with the other graduate programs at Chaminade University. The course of study is designed to foster partnerships with those graduate programs and with other community institutions.

The MPT program awards certificates of study for each of the concentrations.



MPT – General

MPT – Certificate of Pastoral Ministries

MPT – Certificate of Spiritual Direction & Pastoral Counseling

You may choose to receive the degree and the certificate, or you may choose to receive the degree or the certificate.

Director, Academic Program of Diaconate Formation and Graduate Programs in Theology
Phone Number: (808) 739-8341