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Master of Arts in Liturgical Ministry

Master of Arts in Liturgical Ministry
(36 credit-hours)

This professional degree focuses on giving the student the knowledge and skills to exercise liturgical leadership in a parish setting.

Distance Learning Option

Up to twelve credit-hours may be earned entirely online. Other courses may be offered in the blended format of both on-site and online coursework.

Educational goals and outcomes for students

  • To evidence progress toward a coherent and personally integrated theological vision for liturgical ministry
  • To demonstrate ability to work out of a collaborative paradigm for ministry
  • To articulate knowledge of the Roman Catholic liturgical tradition past and present
  • To interpret the Roman Catholic liturgical tradition in a faithful, historically critical, and culturally sensitive manner
  • To evidence pastoral skills to prepare, lead, and evaluate parish liturgical celebrations
  • To organize and implement formation for liturgical celebration and ministry in a parish setting


All applicants should have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent.

Course of studyCredit-hours
Core Courses: 
FP4001: Theology and Practice of Ministry2
FT4001: Understanding Christian Tradition2
FA4000: Doing Theology2
Introduction to Old Testament2
Introduction to New Testament2
Required WW Courses: 
Sacraments I: Initiation and Reconciliation3
Sacraments II: Eucharist and Sacramental Theology3
Sacraments III: Marriage and Anointing of the Sick2
Ministry Practicum and Capstone4

Additional Program Requirements

Participation in appropriate spiritual formation program.

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

  1. Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s suitability for graduate study and ministry. Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Admissions Office. Note: Applicants from participating religious communities need to provide a letter from the community affirming their support to pursue this degree.
  2. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended by the applicant. Transcripts are to be sent by the Registrars of these schools directly to the Admissions Office.
  3. Undergraduate background in theology and/or philosophy is recommended.
  4. Three years of experience in communicating religious values to others.


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