Ave Maria University's Institute for Pastoral Theology (IPT) operates a graduate program with the mission to place the gift of pastoral theology at the service of the Church. The IPT takes seriously Vatican II's universal call to holiness, and prepares men and women for a full participation in the life of the Church by providing a comprehensive education in pastoral theology through the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree program.
The IPT takes its place within the mission of Ave Maria University: to provide an integrated liberal arts and professional education with a theological perspective at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The heart of this intellectual activity involves a synthesis of faith and reason that is capable of taking root in the lives of individuals and, as a consequence, raising culture to a level worthy of the dignity of man in keeping with the eternal design of God.
Within the Church, and as a vital arm of her mission, the Catholic university promotes "the protection and advancement of human dignity and of a cultural heritage through research, teaching, and various services offered to the local, national, and international communities" (Ex corde ecclesiae,12). All pastoral service in and for the Church is ultimately a service to man, his dignity and culture. With its focus on pastoral theology, the Institute for Pastoral Theology thus participates in and contributes to the mission of AMU.