The Evangelization Doctor of Ministry program offers advanced theological education and pastoral skills for experienced pastoral ministers. The program is designed for lay, religious, and ordained ministers, and it welcomes students from all Christian communities.

In service to the New Evangelization and in continuity with Catholic tradition, it gives special attention to the interlocking ministries of catechesis, spiritual formation, and evangelization. All students participate in a basic curriculum that serves as a foundation for enhanced pastoral ministry. In addition, evangelization centers on proclaiming the Gospel to contemporary people and more effectively summoning others to share in the Church’s mission to evangelize.

Learning is experienced through a combination of online education and a two-week summer residency at CUA over three consecutive summers. Upon completion of coursework, students prepare a ministerial project that makes a significant contribution to the development of pastoral ministry in their area of concentration. The degree is awarded after successful completion of the project, a written treatise, and a concluding oral presentation.


  • Possession of a Master of Divinity degree or its educational equivalent (i.e., approximately 72 graduate level credits in theology and its related fields) with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • A minimum of three years of full-time service in pastoral ministry or its equivalent (e.g., 6 years of half-time ministry, etc.).
  • Women and men religious, priests, deacons and seminarians must submit a letter of endorsement from their bishop or ecclesiastical superior.
  • Completion of a 1,000–2,000 word statement of purpose briefly presenting a history of the applicant’s academic, pastoral and vocational background, his/her purpose for undertaking doctoral studies in pastoral ministry and his/her ministerial goals as they related to the intended concentration area.
  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary school in approved, sealed envelopes.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which testifies to the applicant’s personal aptitude for, as well as interest in and motivation for, the field of theology and pastoral studies. The other two letters must specifically attest to the applicant’s ability to complete doctoral studies.
  • Submission of a graduate level writing sample (e.g., term paper, thesis, etc.).


  • 30 credit hours
  • Project and treatise focused on a topic in evangelization.
  • Presentation of the project.
  • GPA: 3.0 or higher