The Master of Science in Ecclesial Administration and Management (M.E.A.M.) is a professional degree that prepares clergy for effective and efficient parish and diocesan leadership.

The Busch School of Business and Economics' Master of Science in Ecclesial Administration and Management (M.E.A.M.) degree consists of a one-week on campus intensive immersion session and the balance of the coursework online. 

Course content emphasizes various aspects of fundraising, the transparent management of financial resources, the organization and management of employees, and effective communication strategies with the dual aims of promoting faithful stewardship and fostering growth through evangelization.

The Goal

The program's goal is to take inspiration from the proven best practices established in the secular business environment and assist the clergy and key figures in parishes, dioceses, and religious orders to manage day-to-day administrative responsibilities and to best respond to particular challenges and difficulties that might arise.

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  • The transparent management of financial resources
  • The good organization of human resources
  • Effective communication strategies

We offer the tools needed to support those responsible for serving the primary activity of the Church.

The program recognizes the "managerial" role of the priest as implicit in his vocational responsibilities and seeks to introduce new approaches and methodologies; new managerial and organizational techniques for identifying, solving, and even preventing crises; and reflects on the place of the priest's managerial responsibilites within his call to live as shepherd and servant. 

Course List

MEAM 501: Governance Structures in the Church and Canon Law of Temporal Goods

MEAM 502: Ethics and Social Teaching of the Church on Business

MEAM 503: Personnel Management and Administration

MEAM 504: Strategic and Operational Leadership

MEAM 505: Transparency and the Spirit of Enterprise

MEAM 506: Ecclesial Budgeting, Accounting and Asset Maintenance

MEAM 507: Financial Reporting, Controlling and Asset Management

MEAM 508: Stewardship: Parish Fundraising, Capital Campaigns and Project Management

MEAM 509: Communication Strategies in the Digital Age, Information Technology and Outreach 

MEAM 510: Crisis Management and Accountability to the Faithful


  • 30 graduate credits


  • Official transcripts (bachelor's degree)
  • Diocesan letter of good standing
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose