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Graduate Ministry Programs

Delve into the Catholic theological tradition and gain practical skills for ministry with a master's degree from the University of Dallas. 

The Neuhoff School of Ministry offers three graduate programs with a variety of concentrations for students committed to pastoral service within the Catholic Church, their communities and the world at large. Students study the enduring motifs and seminal language of the Catholic tradition as found in the Biblical, doctrinal, sacramental, moral and practical dimensions of Catholic life; in short, the heart of the Catholic faith as professed, celebrated, lived and prayed in heroic pursuit of the Church's mission. 

Courses are offered both in person at our Irving, Texas, and Rome, Italy, campuses or online from anywhere in the world. Our graduate program students and alumni hail from over 30 different states as well as Africa, Europe, Asia, Central and South America.

Which graduate program is right for you? 

Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies is designed to equip you for the practical application of theological knowledge. Combine a core curriculum with elective courses to concentrate your study on a particular topic of interest or a broad variety of subjects. The M.T.S. can also be completed entirely online

The MTS can be completed with or without a concentration. Concentrations offered include Biblical Studies and Catholic Secondary School Teaching.  

Master of Pastoral Ministry

The Master of Pastoral Ministry program equips graduates with appropriate theological knowledge, pastoral skill, and spiritual depth to serve the diverse pastoral needs of the church. Concentrations in campus ministry, church management, healthcare ministry and youth ministry are available.

Master of Catechetical Ministry

Specifically designed for those who would like to serve as parish catechetical leaders, the Master of Catechetical Ministry program combines structured coursework with pastoral skills and culminates in a capstone project. Every student in the Catechetical Ministry program takes a set of core courses as well as courses focused specifically on the principles of religious education. 

Master of Catholic School Leadership

The University of Dallas Master of Catholic School Leadership is designed to prepare you for leadership in Catholic education. Whether seeking to be a principal, president or administrator at the elementary, secondary or diocesan levels, you will deepen your knowledge of the Catholic tradition and gain practical, experience-based skills for leadership through the Master of Catholic School Leadership. This program is an interdisciplinary graduate degree, offered by the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry in conjunction with the Department of Education in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Executive Youth Ministry Graduate Program

University of Dallas' Master of Pastoral Ministry - Youth Ministry (MPM-YM) program is offered to youth ministry leaders from across the nation in an exclusive, two-year, online cohort. Dynamic theology and ministry courses, a 2-week study abroad experience in Rome, integration seminars and a capstone project will comprehensively prepare you to cultivate the spiritual growth of young people in parish, school or other mission settings while you develop professionally through the program's unique executive-style approach to graduate education.  

Graduate Certificates

Deepen your understanding of theology to make a transformative impact on your ministry. Graduate certificates are comprised of 18 credit hours of course work and can be earned iTheological StudiesPastoral Ministry or Catechetical MinistryPlease contact us for more information about graduate certificate programs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the online classes like? 

Ranked the #1 Online Theology Master's Degree Program by, the Neuhoff School of Ministry offers the same comprehensive curriculum, rigorous coursework, pastoral application, and community of learning to online students. All core courses and the Master of Theological Studies can be completed entirely online. Find out more > 

How will I benefit from a master's degree?

Graduates of the Neuhoff School of Ministry are prepared to serve within the Church as catechetical leaders, classroom teachers, youth ministers, pastoral care providers, formation mentors and pastoral administrators. Others find themselves readied to serve the Gospel in the secular professions through a more informed understanding and a better integrated practice as indispensable witnesses to Christ’s presence in the world.  

Where do alumni work and serve?

Our alumni serve at every level, from small rural parishes to large urban archdioceses to university programs, to national offices. They are parish catechetical leaders, directors of RCIA, campus minsters, hospital chaplains, young adult ministers, liturgists, prison chaplains, sacramental preparation coordinators, pastoral associates, family life directors, deacons, pastors, directors of diocesan and national offices and programs.  

Master of Theological Studies

A program designed for students who want to understand the practical applications of theological knowledge. Concentrations in Biblical studies and Catholic secondary school teaching are available. Offered in person and online.

Master of Pastoral Ministry

A program for those interested in serving the diverse pastoral needs of the church, their communities and the world. Concentrations are offered in campus ministry, church management, health care ministry and youth ministry.

Master of Catechetical Ministry

A hands-on practical degree for those who would like to serve as parish catechetical leaders. The curriculum combines classroom learning with one-on-one mentoring from a professional minister paired with each student.

Graduate Certificates

The School of Ministry offers four graduate certificate programs built around specific knowledge and skill sets. These are available to students with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Contact us today to learn more.