Master of Pastoral Ministry: Youth Ministry Concentration

Executive Youth Ministry Graduate Program 

"I wanted to participate in a program at a school known for its academic rigor where I could also gain practical experience ... I discovered that the School of Ministry is a gem in the Dallas area — and beyond — for people who want to be equipped for ministry in the church."

- Sammy Argumaniz, MTS '10, Diocese of Dallas Ministry Development Strategist 

Join an online cohort of ministry leaders from across the nation.

Become powerfully equipped to stand with, by and for young people in today's rapidly evolving culture as you plumb the depths of the Catholic faith and strengthen your experience in pastoral ministry for the young church. 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, 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.  

Meet our nationally recognized faculty & youth ministry experts. 

Bob McCartyElizabeth MadeoBob McCarty, D.Min. and Elizabeth Madeo join with University of Dallas' nationally recognized faculty to bring this program to ministry leaders. McCarty, D.Min., brings over 40 years of ministry experience to bear on his teaching and leadership, 19 of which he spent serving as executive director for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. Madeo has had the joy of being the director of youth ministries at a parish in Kansas City, MO for the last 14 years, in addition to writing, speaking and teaching on a national scope.

Meet Your Professors & Classmates in Rome, Italy.


You're invited to an exclusive MPM-YM study abroad experience in Rome, Italy, as part of your graduate studies with the University of Dallas. For two weeks over the summer, you'll have the opportunity join your professors and fellow MPM-YM colleagues as you complete two of your courses at UD's Rome campus nestled in the Alban Hills, overlooking the Eternal City. Class lectures from our nationally recognized faculty are combined with visits to the city for an awe-inspiring spiritual and intellectual experience. Engage in stimulating and enlightening conversation, enhance your worldview, create lasting friendships among other MPM-YM students from across the nation and truly deepen your faith. 


Grow professionally through an executive-model curriculum.

Our executive model MPM-YM curriculum is designed to advance your graduate education while you remain committed to full or part-time work. It integrates your real-life ministry experience with internship and capstone project requirements. Executive-model MPM-YM classes are offered online and can be completed in just two years.  

Program of Study

To complete the MPM-YM program in two years, the following program of study has been established for cohort students. 

Fall Semester 2019

Sem 1: Term 1: RPS 6320 Theological Reflection
Sem 1: Term 2: RPS 6322 New Testament
Both Terms: Graduate Proseminar (1 credit hour)

Spring Semester 2020

Sem 2: Term 1: RPS 6312 Moral Theology
Sem 2: Term 2: RPS 6321 Old Testament
Both Terms: RPS 7164 Youth Ministry Integration Seminar I

Summer Semester 2020

Rome 1: RPS 6V50 Foundations of Youth Ministry
Rome 2: RPS 6V51 Leadership in Christian Communities

Fall Semester 2020

Sem 3: Term 1: RPS 6330 Ministry in the Church
Sem 3: Term 2: RPS 6311 Liturgy & Sacraments
Both Terms: RPS 7165 Youth Ministry Integration Seminar II

Spring Semester 2021

Sem 4: Term 1: RPS 6314 Church History
Sem 4: Term 2: RPS 6313 Systematic Theology
Both Terms: RPS 7166 Youth Ministry Integration Seminar III

Summer Semester 2021

Term 1 & 2: RPS 7394 Youth Ministry Capstone

Integration Seminars & Capstone

In addition to the Core courses and three Youth Ministry Concentration electives (Foundations of Youth Ministry, Leadership in Christian Communities & Ministry in the Church) outlined in the Program of Study, MPM-YM students also complete integration seminars and the capstone experience. 

RPS 7164. Youth Ministry Integration Seminar I: Discernment for Ministry
One of the main qualities of the youth minister is the ability to reflect on the state of the ministry programming for which they are responsible, discerning the appropriate direction and ministerial need. In the first integration seminar, students, working with seasoned professionals, will reflect on their youth ministry setting, identify community need and begin developing an appropriate ministerial response.

RPS 7165. Youth Ministry Integration Seminar II: Theological Foundations 
The youth minister must demonstrate the ability to develop programming in alignment with the liturgical, doctrinal, Scriptural, and ecclesial documents of the Catholic Church in such a way that programming is Christocentric and follows the guidelines developed for Catholic youth ministry. The second integration seminar will provide students with the opportunity to practice skills for reflecting theologically on the youth program and ministry for which they are responsible.

RPS 7166. Youth Ministry Integration Seminar III: Implementing Change
Successful youth ministry requires the ability to put theory into practice. In the third integration seminar, the student will develop and implement a ministerial response to the discerned need in their particular ministry setting, demonstrating the skills needed for pastoral programs and initiatives in ministry to, with, by and for youth. 

RPS 7394. Ministry Capstone: Youth Ministry
Students take this course in their final semester. It provides an opportunity for them to integrate previous coursework and reading with the knowledge and skills required to address particular pastoral tasks effectively. The student will work with seasoned ministerial practitioners who will provide onsite supervision. Capstone projects require the completion of a detailed application and written approval by Neuhoff School of Ministry faculty supervisors several months prior to registration.

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Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography of texts related to the core curriculum of the Neuhoff School of Ministry is a degree requirement (required for graduation) for the Master of Theological Studies program. The goal of the annotated bibliography is to help students solidify and demonstrate their understanding of the basic theological knowledge appropriate to professional competency for pastoral leadership. The annotated bibliography consists of a formal bibliographic entry for 25 approved texts that are followed by a description of the thesis, argumentation, and significance of each text.

Students should begin working with their faculty advisor on the annotated bibliography and obtain approval of the required works list early in their program. The final annotated bibliography is due by the 4th week of the semester a student intends to graduate.

For details, contact your faculty advisor and view the Annotated Bibliography section of the Graduate Student Resources webpage.

Application Process

To apply, submit the following:

  • Online Graduate Student Application
  • Reduced application fee of $25
  • Official Transcripts from Colleges/Universities attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 3 brief essays and resume

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