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Message From the Program Director

Elsie Miranda

Your interest in the Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry gives witness to an ever growing response of the People of God for professional development and theological education. Being in South Florida, Barry University is uniquely situated in the cross roads of the Americas. Our faculty is energized by the opportunity to meet and work with people of diverse cultures and faiths who desire to deepen the theological foundations of their faith commitment and to do so in practical ways in a Catholic international university rooted in the Adrian Dominican tradition.

Barry's MA in Practical Theology and Ministry features an excellent combination of theological education and ministerial formation in the Roman Catholic and other Christian traditions. Our students represent a diverse community from lay and ordained ministries with various cultural backgrounds and faith traditions. Our fulltime faculty members provide the one-to-one attention and professional expertise that foster our students’ academic, personal, and ministerial growth.

Those for whom the MA in Practical Theology and Ministry is a terminal degree will enjoy the joint benefits of theological education and ministerial formation in a multicultural environment, an invaluable combination for those committed to a Christian community of faith in the 21st century. Graduates who anticipate the possibility of doctoral studies in a DMin or PhD program will find themselves strategically poised to move toward either alternative with solid theological and ministerial competence.

Tuition assistance and a limited number of assistantships are available for those involved in full-time ministry.

Explore our website to see the many reasons why a Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Ministry from Barry University is a valuable means for you to deepen your theological foundations in practical ways.

We invite you to join this community of scholars committed to study, exploration, and service!

Dr. Elsie Miranda
Program Director


Continue in your career while you earn a Master's in Practical Theology and Ministry.

Choose from three study options: Take courses during the fall and spring semesters in the Traditional Semester option. Spend just two weeks in classes and complete pre- and post-residency at your home in the Winter /Summer study option. Enroll in the fall, spring, winter or summer in the Study-through-the-Year option.

Hispanic/Latino Ministry and Theology.

Barry’s Institute for Hispanic/Latino Theology and Ministry is uniquely poised to help you answer the call to understand and speak to the theological and cultural world of the Latinos(as) who help comprise your congregations. Faculty with great practical and academic experience offer courses through the Winter/Summer study option.

Theology Professor Gloria L. Schaab Publishes New Book on the Theology of God as Trinity

Dr. Gloria L. Schaab, SSJ, associate professor of theology, director of Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry, and associate dean for General Education in the College of Arts and Sciences has published her new book Trinity in Relation: Creation, Incarnation, and Grace in an Evolving Cosmos (Winona, WI: Anselm Academic Press, a division of St. Mary’s Press, 2012).

Trinity in Relation takes an original and comprehensive approach to Trinitarian theology, putting it in dialogue with evolutionary science and quantum physics. Find out more about this engaging new text.

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