We are committed to offering students practice-oriented programs of theological studies
and pastoral ministry that develop the critical thinking skills necessary for theological
reflection, the practical skills for effective leadership and the habits of mind needed
to continue to grow in faith and service.
In 1985, the Institute of Religious and Pastoral Studies (IRPS) was created as an
institute dedicated to training ministers who could respond to pastoral needs in their
local Church communities.
In 1987, IRPS began offering masters degrees in theological studies (M.T.S.) and religious
education (M.R.E) with its first graduating class of 23 students in May 1990.
In 1995, at the request of the Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese of Dallas,
a Masters in Catholic School Leadership degree was created to prepare teachers to
meet the certification requirements of administrators in Texas Catholic Conference
In 2001, a masters degree in pastoral ministry (M.P.M) was introduced and expanded
to six focus areas between 2002 and 2004: Pastoral Administration, Health Care Ministry,
Campus Ministry, Family Ministry, Hispanic Ministry and Youth Ministry. Undergraduate,
graduate certificates were also made available.
Another key development was the establishment of the Catholic Biblical School, a four-year
part-time program of adult faith formation in Biblical Studies. This period also saw
the introduction of the "Summer in Rome" program which allows students to live and
study at UD's Rome Campus while also having the opportunity to explore the Eternal
In 2005, IRPS commenced its online education programs, implementing an innovative
and sector-leading program that allowed students to complete the entire M.T.S. Degree
or the Biblical School online. It was at this time that IRPS began to offer the Biblical
School in Spanish in locations around Dallas and Fort Worth.
In 2007, at it's 20th anniversary celebration, IRPS was renamed to the University
of Dallas School of Ministry as a reflection of the school's important position at
the University, its growing national reputation and its expanded areas of service
in meeting the theological needs of the Catholic Church.
In 2016, just shy of its 30th year, the School of Ministry was renamed the Ann and
Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry to perpetuate the legacy of faith and service of
the Neuhoff family. Joe O Neuhoff was an early member of the university's Board of
Trustees, and he and his wife, Ann, helped strengthen and sustain the Catholic mission
of the university beginning shortly after the time of its founding in 1956. The naming
also honors their son, Joe Oscar, who has continued in his parents' footsteps, serving
on the university's Board of Trustees and has been a steadfast advocate for the School
of Ministry as it has grown.
The Neuhoff School of Ministry has established a reputation for excellence and is
committed to expanding the School of Ministry's U.S. and international programs with
new, high-quality, and innovative academic programs that meet the developing needs
of an increasingly diverse Catholic clergy, deacons and lay persons.
If you have questions about any of our programs, wish to attend an information session,
are interested in a campus tour or want to apply to one of our programs, we’d love
to hear from you.