Master of Arts in Lay Ministry

Stritch’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in Lay Ministries degree program is designed for those pursuing careers in church or societal ministries in the Protestant tradition or the Catholic tradition. The M.A. in Lay Ministries is a formation program based on the guidelines for lay ecclesial ministers as described in the United States Catholic Bishops’document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. The M.A. in Lay Ministries degree will enhance or advance your career in positions such as Parish Catechetical and Youth Ministry Director, Pastoral Associate, Campus Ministries, Health Care Ministries, Correctional Ministries and Catholic school teachers and administrators. Students in the program earn 16 credits in the core curriculum, which consists of introductory courses in Scripture, Church History, Pastoral Theology and Systematic Theology. Included in the corecurriculum are four one-credit formation courses dealing specifically with human, spiritual and pastoral formation. Students also earn 11 elective credits, which allow for concentration in a pastoral area of interest. A pastoral project and written and oral comprehensive exams comprise the final three credits of the program.

Degree Requirements

Program Credits30
Required Courses

RS 571, 572, 573, 574, 591, 592, 593, 594

Required Auxiliary Courses


Additional Information

To qualify for graduation from the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Ministry/Lay Ministries programs, you must: •Complete the coursework with at least a 3.0 overall grade point average with no individual course below a B-. Any course grade below a B- will not count toward the 30 credit requirement. •Complete and present to the religious studies faculty a final pastoral project. •Pastoral and written comprehensive examinations. •Obtain a faculty recommendation for graduation. •Complete all requirements within seven consecutive academic years.