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.
The Catholic University of America offers many opportunities for students inside and outside the campus. With seven different specialized libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories with specialized equipment, 22 research centers and facilities, and a location inside the nation’s capital that provides many opportunities for internships and research in a wide spectrum of fields and organizations, The Catholic University of America is one of a kind.
The Catholic University of America is a community of scholars, both faculty and students, seeking to discover, preserve and impart the truth in all its forms. Students are mentored in a learning environment with personalized attention that allows them to be prepared for success in work and in life. This preparation includes teaching assistantships, research opportunities, national conferences, and clinical work. To learn more about these opportunities contact the department in which you are interested and schedule a visit to campus.