Pastoral Ministry (M.A.)

Our program will prepare you for ministerial professions, especially for positions identified as lay ecclesial ministry within the Roman Catholic Church.

The program's basic requirements offer you a comprehensive introduction to the theological, ethical, historical and Biblical resources that ground a Christian minister's work. The additional requirements introduce you to the principles of pastoral theology and selected pastoral skills that are applicable in most ministerial settings.

We integrate the study of theology with the general principles and effective practices of pastoral ministry. This provides you with an opportunity to prepare for a variety of service careers emerging in the contemporary church, including pastoral positions in catechetics and religious education; family, parish and campus ministry.

We are constantly working forward. Our courses in religious education and telecommunications, family and parish ministries, and the social teachings of the church ensure the vitality of our program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the pastoral ministry and theological studies programs should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement explaining the applicant's desire to study theology at the University of Dayton.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required for applicants to the M.A. programs. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements
Twenty-four semester hours of undergraduate course work in philosophy and theology/religion with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is recommended. Those with limited or no academic background in theology may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Graduate Assistantships
Assistantship opportunities are available for students in the Pastoral Ministry program. 

Admission Resources