Study Options

The Institute of Theology and Pastoral Studies (ITPS) at Elms College offers a master of arts degree in applied theology, as well as credit/non-credit certificate programs in theology and pastoral studies.

Course Formats

To fit our students’ schedules, some ITPS courses are offered in a distance/intensive format, and some are offered on campus in a traditional 15-week format.

Real-Life Experience

ITPS certificate programs include practicums and internships for real-world experience in a specific area of ministry.

Institute of Theology and Pastoral Studies

A Degree that Makes a Difference

  • Find Your Path

    Our graduates work as lay pastoral associates, directors of religious education, with Catholic Charities or other social justice agencies, and in other important ministries at the diocesan and parish levels. They are equally successful in completing advanced degrees, and work in community service and nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life for people everywhere. They make a difference.