The IIPS are taking steps to registering credited courses for undergraduate and master programs.
Developing Undergraduate Programs
The IIPS intend to develop a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies to be launched in 2018. Research has been conducted across all graduates in Religious studies from St Patrick’s College, Thurles since 2008 and the response has been very encouraging. It is intended that specialisms in a number of areas will be offered within the programme – Education, Healthcare, Parish/Pastoral Ministry. Administration and Leadership. This Masters option should appeal to people who have completed undergraduate degrees in areas such as these and feel they were limited in progressing. The institute is trying to create as many links as possible to expand the links in pastoral studies across the country.
The IIPS are also exploring the possibility of including on-line programmes within a blended learning method from international Institutes including Loyola Institute for Pastoral Studies (Chicago), Broken Bay Institute for Pastoral Studies (Australia), and Boston College. The possibility of extending the institutions influence across the world is very exciting and such inter-institutional and international collaboration would greatly enhance the menu of possibilities within our programme here in Ireland. A visit by one of the Institutions mentioned, is in the midst of preparation and everyone in the Institute is very hopeful for a positive outcome.
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