LMU Extension will launch a new degree completion program, designed for working adults in San Bernardino County who have already completed some college, in January 2018.
The Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies program was created at the request of Bishop Gerald Barnes and the Diocese of San Bernardino, where a number of lay women and men serving as pastoral ministers, chaplains, and parish administrators, have expressed a desire to continue their education in Theology.
“Seeking a college degree is in the hearts and minds of many in our Diocese,” said Bishop Barnes in a letter to the university. “The reality is that although a good number of people have started college, these pastoral ministers have not found a practical way to finish and attain their degree. Family obligations, careers, and their respective ministries have affected their priorities.”
Over the past year, the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality, which has been running continuing education and ministry formation programs in the Diocese for over a decade, coordinated with the university’s Academic Affairs Division and the Diocese to develop this degree completion program.
“LMU has a particularly strong reputation of theological education for ministry, [and] our Diocese has been fortunate to have students in the graduate and continuing education programs of the university,” said Barnes. “By putting the completion of a college degree within reach for pastoral ministers, LMU will assist us to enhance the quality of pastoral ministry made available to God’s people in this Diocese.”
Admission applications will be accepted August 17 to October 2, 2017, with classes beginning in January. Prospective students will be expected to have already completed an associate’s degree or equivalent college-level coursework. Taught by LMU faculty, classes will meet weeknights and weekends, year-round, at Aquinas High School in San Bernardino.
More information about the program can be found at extension.lmu.edu/theology, or by contacting the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799.