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Schools, Institutes and Degrees

Mundelein Seminary and Graduate School of Theology

The Seminary and Graduate School provides the M.Div. program for priesthood candidates and D.Min. program for others in ministry.

Pontifical Faculty of Theology

One of only a seven pontifical faculties in the United States and Canada, the Ecclesiastical Faculty grants S.T.B, S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees in sacred theology.

Liturgical Institute

A specialized academic institute of the Univeristy, the Litugical Institute administers two graduate degrees, the M.A.in Liturgy and M.A.(Liturgical Studies), as well as the pontifical post-graduate S.T.L. and S.T.D. degrees in liturgy and sacramental theology.

Institute of Diaconal Studies

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s program for the formation of deacons is an integral part of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake.

Institute for Lay Formation

The Institute for Lay Formation provides training and formation programs for Lay Ecclesial Ministry and Lay Leadership in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  It also administers the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (M.A.P.S.) degree.  It manages significant scholarship programs for laity preparing for ministry as well as the Critical Needs Scholarship program for diocesan employees.

Institute for Ongoing Formation

Serving the continuing education needs of the Archdiocese of Chicago for priests, deacons, lay ministers, catechetical leaders, principals and Catholic school teachers.

Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral

A specialized institute of the University offering lay leadership, catechetical leadership, deacon formation and ongoing formation for the Hispanic Community in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Fehan Memorial Library and McEssy Theological Resource Center

One of the nation’s great research libraries specializing in theology, canon law, and patristics.  Home of the University Museum and the Special Exhibitions Gallery.


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