The Master of Arts in Ministry allows seasoned ministers an opportunity to delve more deeply into an area of their intended or existing ministry. This program consists of a core set of courses in bible, theology, and ministry; concentration area required and elective courses; a ministry practicum with theological reflection; and a final integrating component. The successful graduate of the MA in Ministry will have the requisite knowledge and skills needed for pastoral ministry and a variety of leadership roles within a variety of contexts.

This program can be completed full- or part-time either with residency or through distance learning.

Master of Arts in Ministry

Critical Dates and Deadlines

February 1

Priority Scholarship Deadline

May 1

Application deadline for Internationally-based students

August 15

Application deadline for US-based students

Program and Concentrations
Goals & Outcomes

Program Outline

36 semester credits:

  • 18 semester credits required courses.
  • 3 semester credits Ministry Practicum.
  • 1.5 credit Final Integrating Component, determined by concentration.
  • Additional required courses and elective options vary by concentration. See detailed program concentration outlines below.



  • 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.
  • 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.

In addition to their course work, spiritual formation is required for all lay students who are pursuing a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity Degree. This formation helps them to integrate their theological coursework into their daily lives. Members of religious communities have formation provided by that community. For more information about formation programs for lay students at CTU, click HERE.