MA in Liturgical Ministry

Program Overview

The MA in Liturgical Ministry is a professional degree that equips persons for competent leadership in liturgical ministry at a parish level or in other pastoral settings. The program builds on an understanding of the various disciplines that undergird effective liturgical ministry through required classes in theology, ministry, and biblical studies. Graduates of the program offer liturgical leadership at parish, religious order, and diocesan levels in a variety of capacities, including directors of liturgy and music, pastoral associates, diocesan personnel, and parish life and faith formation staff.


This program can be completed full or part-time on campus, or part-time online with no residency requirement.

Program Structure (36 semester credits)

  • 22.5 semester credits required courses
  • 3 semester credits Ministry Practicum
  • 9 semester credits elective courses
  • 1.5 semester credits Capstone project

Download full program requirements

In addition to their coursework, all CTU students participate in spiritual formation that helps them integrate their theological coursework into their daily lives. For more information about formation programs at CTU, click here.  

  • Engage in constructive theological reflection on Catholic scripture and tradition in a faithful, historically critical, and culturally and ecumenically sensitive manner;
  • Demonstrate in practice the capacity for effective pastoral leadership within their particular cultural and religious contexts; and
  • Demonstrate progress toward integration as ministers/leaders, including growth in their spiritual formation and their development of a coherent theological vision.
  • Bachelor’s degree or qualify for Bachelor degree equivalency
  • Recommend at least five years prior ministerial experience, paid or volunteer
  • English language proficiency for graduate level studies

Additional Information

Application Guidelines

Requirements for International Students

Critical Dates and Deadlines

  • March 1, 2021 – CTU Scholarship Application Deadline (all admission application material must be received by CTU by March 1, 2021 in order to be considered for scholarships)
  • May 1, 2021 –Application deadline for Internationally-based students
  • August 15, 2021 – Application deadline for US-based students

Alumni Profiles

Kate Williams, MA '16

While serving as a music minister in her home parish in Evanston, Illinois, Kate was awarded a Bernardin scholarship and pursued a Master’s degree at CTU to deepen her appreciate of the church’s liturgy. Read more.


Michael Poradek, MA '15

Michael Poradek currently serves as the Director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since 2015 he has served as the first lay principal Master of Ceremonies for the Diocese and teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc. Read more.