The Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry

Department of Theology and Philosophy

Overview What is the Institute

The mission of our Institute is to prepare leaders to serve the Church and the Hispanic/Latino community in South Florida and throughout the United States. Through the Department of Theology and Philosophy, we offer our students the joint benefit of theological education and ministerial formation that critically engages praxis of the Hispanic/Latino community.

We are a welcoming and supportive community of learners. Barry has an outstanding faculty dedicated to providing one-to-one attention to students fostering academic, personal and ministerial growth. South Florida provides an unparalleled cultural context for Hispanic/Latino studies and our students are from diverse cultural backgrounds, faith traditions and ministerial positions.

The Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry was founded to respond to the needs of the emerging Church by preparing leaders and ministers to serve the Hispanic/Latino community.

Located in the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Barry University, the Institute prepares leaders from throughout the United States and within the local community to serve the Hispanic/Latino Church in a variety of ministerial positions.

The Institute focuses on three areas:

  • Academic course offerings on topics that critically engage the theological and ministerial praxis of the Hispanic/Latino community.
  • Contributions to the U.S. Hispanic/Latino theological discourse through research, publications and participation in professional associations.
  • Ministerial formation programs that assist professionals serving the Hispanic/Latino community in developing ministerial identity through intellectual and spiritual formation.
View Course Offerings Ministerial Formation

Degree and Certificate Program Options

  • Arts and Sciences

    Practical Theology and Ministry (MA)

    The Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry is designed to equip students for competent leadership in communities of faith. The program is an advanced degree in theology and integrates theological formation with a lived practice of ministry.

  • Arts and Sciences

    Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

    The Doctor of Ministry degree provides advanced theological reflection on and understanding of ministerial praxis and leadership through the study of practical biblical, systematic, sacramental/liturgical, and moral theology.

Honor Society Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Alpha Kappa is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Theta Alpha Kappa was admitted to ACHS in 1985. A national honor society in theology, Theta Alpha Kappa promotes excellence and scholarship in the fields of religious studies and religious education. It is open to persons of all faiths.

Members are encouraged to provide scholarly lectures and contribute articles for national publication.

Jorge Presmanes, OP, DMin serves as faculty advisor for Barry's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa. Barry's chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, along with Phi Sigma Tau, regularly presents debates on current issues.

About Theta Alpha Kappa

Theology and Ministry Programs Accreditation

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada ( accredits Barry University's Department of Theology and Philosophy graduate programs through 2028.

The following graduate programs in Theology and Ministry are accredited by ATS:

  • Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry for Hispanics, Southeast Pastoral Institute (SEPI), Miami, FL
  • Doctor of Ministry, Barry University, Miami Shores, FL
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