Master of Arts in Religious Education

The Master of Arts in Religious Education is a 42-credit degree program that prepares men and women for leadership and service to the Church's educational mission. Students enrolled in this program experience an integrated approach to their professional and spiritual development. The program is intended for those who seek to serve the Church in ministries that include direction of religious education programs, faith formation, evangelization and catechesis.

This preparation is in accordance with the National Directory for Catechesis, and also prepares candidates to demonstrate competence set forth in the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.

Program Goals

The goals of the Master of Arts in Religious Education degree program are: 

  • to equip students with a unified theological understanding of the Catholic faith, rooted in God's revelation and embodied in the living tradition of the Church;
  • to support students in the development of a Catholic, ecclesial identity, rooted in an appreciation of baptismal dignity and ordered to the exercise of the priestly, prophetic and kingly offices of Christ in a manner proper to their ecclesial vocation;
  • to help students develop a pedagogical, pastoral, administrative and leadership skills necessary to witness effectively to Christ and contribute to the Church's educational mission;

Program Requirements

In addition to the application requirements, these additional items are required for a complete application to the Master of Arts in Religious Education degree program.

  • A personal statement of 500-800 words describing the applicant’s interest in the degree and reasons for pursuing study in this area.
  • For applicants whose last academic degree was achieved within the last 7 years:
    • Submit a writing sample of approximately 10-12 pages from one of your courses. It should demonstrate skills in critical thinking, logical development, and writing style. Two shorter pieces may be submitted, if a longer writing sample is not available.
  • For applicants whose last academic degree was achieved more than 7 years ago:
    • Write a 3-5 page paper on a question based from the pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). This gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to grapple with a basic topic from the fundamentals of the Catholic faith. It should demonstrate skills in critical thinking, logical development, and writing style. Questions can be found in the online application.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess the applicant’s academic and ministerial abilities.
  • If the applicant is currently involved in ministry in a setting other than their home Parish, a fourth letter of recommendation addressing that ministry.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses - 39 credits

Capstone - 3 credits

Course Distribution

Required Courses

DVDT 530 Nature and Mission of Church - 3 credits

DVDT 561 Christian Theology of God and the Human Person - 3 credits

DVMT 602 Fundamentals of Moral Theology and Catholic Social Teaching - 3 credits

DVPT 510 Theology of Pastoral Ministry - 3 credits

DVPT 605 Canon and Civil Law for Pastoral Ministry - 3 credits

DVPT 612 Prayer Leadership for Lay Ministry - 3 credits

DVPT 618 Community and Mission in a Diverse Church - 3 credits

DVPT 728 Catechetical Leadership - 3 credits

DVPT 738 Administration and Stewardship - 3 credits

DVPT 930 Curriculum Development - 3 credits

DVSS 501 Old Testament - 3 credits

DVSS 505 New Testament - 3 credits

DVST 605 Catholic Sacramental Worship - 3 credits


DVPT 999 Internship/Project - 3 credits

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