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Religious Studies

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

Join our program for ministerial formation, especially to serve as lay ecclesial ministers in the Roman Catholic Church.  You will find:

  • well-rounded theological formation – biblical, historical, systematic, moral
  • courses where theological and pastoral perspectives are mutually enriching
  • further training in selected pastoral skills applicable in most ministry settings
  • a spiritual formation component each fall and spring semester
  • access to the world renowned Marian Library and the Roesch Library U.S. Catholic Special Collection

And if your special interest is mentored training in campus ministry, you want to come here – we're second to none.  

Compare our cost with other quality programs and see how affordable we are.

Further generous financial support is available for qualifying applicants to the MA in Pastoral Ministry program through the Sisters of the Precious Blood Scholarship. 

For details contact Amy Doorley, Coordinator of Graduate Programs, at adoorley1@udayton.edu.

 

Virtual Learning

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is available completely online. 

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Master of Arts Scholarships

Students enrolled in our Master of Arts programs are eligible for three scholarship opportunities.

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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. 

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1530
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