Neuhoff School of Ministry Vision & Mission

Our Mission: Theological Education for Transformative Service

Ministry students, immersed in the Catholic theological tradition, develop critical skills for theological reflection and receive high quality education and formation that is necessary for personal growth, professional ministry, and transformative service to the Catholic Church, the broader Christian community, and the wider world. The Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry offers practice-oriented programs of theological studies and pastoral ministry including degrees, certificates, conferences, ongoing seminars, lectures, and continuing education.

 

Undergraduate Program Mission

The mission of the undergraduate program is to give students the benefits of a liberal education while at the same time preparing them for pastoral ministry in the Church, in accord with the standards set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation (USCCB/CCA), and the National Certification Standards for Pastoral Ministers.

Graduate Programs Mission

The graduate programs offer practice-oriented theological education specific to a wide variety of ministries within and outside the Church, in accord with the USCCB/CCA standards for lay ecclesial ministers.

Continuing Education Mission

The continuing education programs give adults the theological education and formation that is necessary for an academically credible faith life in the context of the modern world.

Our Vision

The University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry will be recognized nationally for its excellence as a leading Catholic program in ministry.

Accreditation

SACS

The University of Dallas is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees.

USCCB

The graduate programs and undergraduate degree, in content and form, are designed to ensure that successful students will be prepared to enter the ministerial workforce having met the standards set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation, and the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.

The master's in pastoral ministry - youth ministry program is specifically designed to educate leaders based on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' pastoral plan, "Renewing the Vision - A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry." It also correlates with the national competency-based standards for certification as developed by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in conjunction with the USCCB.

Memberships

The Neuhoff School of Ministry is a member of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

University of Dallas prepares leaders for transformative ministry. 

  • Teaching faculty have decades-long experience in pastoral ministry and have distinguished themselves with the highest degrees from prestigious academic institutions. 
  • Prizing the transformative work of our ministry graduates to culture at large, the university has recently lowered the cost of graduate tuition by over 20%.
  • With over 20+ years of theological education experience, School of Ministry has grown a network of collaborative partnerships with various dioceses and national and international Catholic organizations. 
  • Both online and onsite classes foster a unique level of communication and community among students, who support, challenge and illuminate one another at every turn. 
  • Internships, practicums and capstone projects are available for all fields of study, giving students ample opportunity to gain hands-on experience or carry out independent research on matters of pastoral and ministerial import to the Church. 
  • The university's picturesque Rome Campus in the quiet of the Alban foothills provides a unique opportunity for students to integrate the enrichment of international study and immersion in the Catholic history and culture of Rome with an intense community building atmosphere, all within the contours of our graduate curriculum.

News

The Idea of Our University

To found the famous Core curriculum of the University of Dallas, as an education "best for the individual," Donald and Louise Cowan looked to John Henry Newman's The Idea of a University. He unapologetically promotes the Western classics -- precisely because so few know our own culture well enough to appreciate the depth of any other.

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To Russia with UD: Faculty to Lead UD's First Tour of Russia

This summer, the University of Dallas invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to join its first-ever tour abroad of Russia, led by Professor of Physics Richard Olenick and Affiliate Instructor of Spanish, French and Italian Irina Rodriguez. From June 8 to June 16, 2020, Olenick and Rodriguez will guide participants through the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, taking them on a cultural and literary tour of the "Russian soul."

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Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library Showcases Rare Books Room

No longer relegated to the damp lower level, the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's Rare Books Room has for the past two years occupied a prime spot on the second floor, where there used to be study carrels. The room, made of glass walls, is normally locked and only opened by appointment, but on Sept. 26, the library hosted an open house for faculty and staff to come and examine these treasures.

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