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Graduate Department
The Religion and Theology Department of Oakwood University offers a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies, a professional degree designed to foster the spiritual development and integrative skills of pastors and lay leaders.

The Department sees its graduate instruction as a harmonious interaction of various learning strategies and resources. Qualified faculty members from the Religion and Theology Department and from other participating departments apply various methods of delivery such as lectures, classroom discussions, seminar formats, group presentations and reflection, audio-visual presentations and onsite visits that provide hands-on experience and/or stimulate learning. The culminating experience is a major field project in which participants practice how to become lifelong corporate and independent learners by discerning and evaluating a congregational need or challenge and working with the congregation to address it.

Program Location
Administration and instruction for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies are located in the Calvin E. Moseley Religion Complex and the Bradford-Cleveland-Brooks Leadership Center. The Religion Complex, originally built in 1977 and completely renovated in 2007, houses the C.T. Richards Chapel and offices and classrooms for the Department of Religion and Theology. The Bradford- Cleveland-Brooks Leadership Center, a 10,000 square foot extension to the Religion Complex, completed in 2007, promotes continuing education in ministry. The extension includes an auditorium, four classrooms, a learning research lab, and four offices.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies Data Sheet

MAPS Application


The Department of Graduate Studies of the School of Religion has: Candidate for Accredited Member status with the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). For questions, contact: The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada The Commission on Accrediting 10 Summit Park Drive Pittsburgh PA 15275-1110 Telephone: 412-788-6505 Fax: 412-788-6510

Diversity :
The School of Theology Graduate Department is committed to fostering diversity in all its programs, including the composition of its student body, faculty, and staff. This commitment is grounded in the belief that men and women are created in God’s image and redeemed through Christ’s death and resurrection. The value of every human being is best understood in light of this redemption price. In line with the University’s commitment to diversity and non-discrimination, the learning, teaching, and research mission of the School are enriched by the interaction and engagement with individuals across racial, national, gender, cultural and social backgrounds in an increasingly globalized world.


The following text is posted in the School of Theology website:

Pending the approval of the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, the Comprehensive Evaluation Visit for Initial Accreditation for Oakwood University School of Theology Graduate Department will occur on March 28-31, 2021.

Any comments regarding the ability of the School of Theology to meet accreditation standards may be sent directly to:

Oakwood University School of Theology,
Director of Self-Study/Accreditation Liaison,
Gilbert Ojwang, gojwang@oakwood.edu; 256 726 7385, and/or ATS Director of Commission Information Services, accrediting@ats.edu; 412-788-6505.

Contact Us

Dean: Agniel Samson, Th.D.
Phone: (256) 726-7365
Email: samson@oakwood.edu