The Master of Catechesis, a professional degree concentrating on catechesis and the Catholic tradition, is designed for adults intending to or presently serving the Church. Applicants in roles of parish pastoral leadership or teaching positions in catechesis and the new evangelization on the parish or diocesan level, or in parochial schools, and volunteer lay ministers can profit by an in depth examination of the catechetical, liturgical, and theological teachings of the Church.

This degree provides a broad background fostering a professional approach to catechesis with an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon theology, scripture, liturgy, spirituality, history of catechetics, and psychology within the context of contemporary culture.


  • 30 graduate credits
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required for graduation.
  • Students must meet with their academic advisor at least once a semester to discuss the student's progress in the program.
  • As part of the ministry supervision or internship, students must design ministry project after 18 credit hours of coursework and implement and write up the experience (between 20-25 pages) before completing the degree.
  • Students will prepare a portfolio.


  • An appropriate bachelor's degree. The academic area retains the right to require additional prerequisite courses that are deemed necessary for the success of applicants in their program of studies. Six semester hours of graduate level coursework with a grade of 3.0 or above taken at another institution are, with the director's approval, applicable toward the master’s degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons able to evaluate an applicant's ability to successfully complete graduate studies.
  • One letter of recommendation and support of the student beginning a degree program from the prospective student’s pastor, principal, Director of Religious Education, undergraduate professor, or diocesan leader.
  • Two page double-spaced essay by the applicant articulating his or her call to ministerial leadership in the ministry of catechesis.

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