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Our programs foster the pastoral leadership development of men and women so that they may best respond to God’s call to serve the Church and His people in the 21st century.

Doctor of Ministry Program

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program is approved by the Association of Theological Schools.  Mundelein Seminary offers the terminal degree of Doctor of Ministry.  The goal of the program is to develop the skill of transformative ministerial integration and processing through case studies and projects concerned with ministry. In order to achieve this goal, the program interrelates the elements of ministerial integration with formal course work and resource supervision. These three elements are accomplished primarily within the peer group of candidates. Learn More

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies program forms students in the Catholic tradition so that they are able to evangelize and catechize the community and the culture, interpreting Scripture according to the mind of the Church and with an accurate historical awareness.  They learn the sacramental and theological perspectives of the Catholic Church and learn to communicate these perspectives in teaching.  The Catholic moral tradition is a particular emphasis so that students are able to respond to questions of ethics. The program serves, among others, students preparing for calling as lay ecclesial ministers by the Archbishop of Chicago and current pastoral ministers and deacons seeking to continue their intellectual formation. Learn More

Post-Master Certificate in Pastoral Leadership

The Post-Master Certificate is an advanced credential oriented towards ministerial leadership.  Its purpose is to enhance the practice of ministry for persons who hold a master’s degree and who have engaged in substantial ministerial leadership.  The Post-Master Certificate is appropriate for persons who work as pastors, associate pastors, pastoral associates, directors of religious education and analogous roles, chaplains, college faculty members, and diocesan agency staff. Learn More