Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS)

Degree Program

Aquinas Institute of Theology initiated the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS) in 2005. It is the first degree program of its kind in the world. The program is designed to help catechists of the Good Shepherd deepen their knowledge and understanding of scripture and liturgy as well as heighten their professional development as ministers in the Church.



Graduate students who enroll in the MAPS-CGS program are offered theological and spiritual formation to under gird their catechetical training in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-based religious formation program for children from 3 to 12 years of age.

A majority of the coursework is completed in
regular on-campus courses or in a distinctive internet-enhanced format designed especially for students who cannot commit to on-campus study. A portion of the required coursework includes formation offered by the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd; these formation courses may be taken anywhere in the world, provided required standards are met.

When Do I Apply?

Students who intend to pursue the MAPS-CGS degree as full-time or part-time on-campus students in St. Louis are welcome to apply at any time. They may begin their studies during any semester.

Non-resident students may apply to be part of Aquinas’ internet-enhanced cohort model. Each cohort, comprised of up to twenty students, enrolls together and proceeds through the entire program as a community. Cohorts generally begin every other year. Applications for the cohort beginning studies in 2016 are now being accepted.

How To Apply?

The application can be found on our Apply page or to begin the application process, contact the admissions office by phone at 1-800-977-3869, or by e-mail at .

For More Information

It is normal for prospective students to have questions about coursework, schedule, technology, costs/scholarships, travel, and logistics. For answers to your questions or to initiate the application process, contact our admissions staff member by phoning 1-800-977-3869, or by e-mailing .

Read about the experiences of six MAPS-CGS students and discover more about what it would be like to be a student in the program.

For more details on the upcoming 2016 MAPS-CGS cohort

Accreditation Compliance Statement

M.A.P.S.-C.G.S. degree outcomes


Accepting Applications Now for the 2016 Cohort

Please Apply here. For questions regarding the MAPS-CGS program, contact the admissions office, at or 1(800)977-3869.