Graduate Programs

Welcome to the Graduate Degree Programs for the School of Parish Leadership and Evangelization at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Our graduate programs go beyond traditional academic pursuits.

At the heart of our programs is a commitment to formation. Unlike other universities, we incorporate personal preparation to help you grow in faith and become more effective in your evangelization. Our esteemed faculty, the same professors who form our parish priests, will guide you on this enriching journey. You will learn from experienced mentors passionate about sharing their knowledge and inspiring the next generation of Catholic leaders.

By choosing the USML, you’re not just pursuing a graduate degree but investing in your spiritual and professional development. Our programs serve the needs of the Catholic community by providing excellence in intellectual and academic formation while addressing all dimensions of the human person. Join us as we strive to build a stronger Church together.

Our Lay Leadership programs are designed to meet the higher education needs of working adults. We understand the challenges of balancing career, family, and faith, and our flexible scheduling accommodates a busy life.

Our unique approach combines rigorous intellectual formation with profound personal growth, empowering students to become dynamic leaders in the parish and community. Graduate theological education should be a transformative encounter with the rich tapestry of Catholic spiritual and intellectual tradition.


Experience a holistic approach that nurtures your faith while equipping you with the skills to excel in ministry.

Expert Faculty

Learn from the same esteemed professors who shape future parish priests.

Flexible Learning

Our programs accommodate the busy schedules of working adults, allowing you to balance your career and spiritual growth.

Supportive Community

Connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for serving the Church.

Degree Programs – Summer 2024

Meeting DaysCourse IDCourse TitleDay/TimeProgram LevelCredits/
Clock Hour
6/16-6/22DM 840Self Leadership8:30am – 11:00am; 1pm – 5pm M-F; 7 pm to 9pm WGrad/Dmin3IntensiveLoCocoPrist201
6/16-6/22DM 847Ecclesial Leadership8:30am – 11am; 1pm – 5pm M-F; 7 pm to 9pm WGrad/Dmin3IntensiveRojasPrist220
6/23-6/29DM 845Christian Leadership and Scripture9am – 11am; 1pm – 5pm M-F; 7 pm to 9pm WGrad/Dmin3IntensiveMowryPrist103
6/23-6/29DM 841Ethics of Leadership8:30am – 11am; 1pm – 5pm M-F; 7 pm to 9pm WGrad/Dmin3IntensivePintadoPrist220
7/8-7/20DM 860Ignatian Retreat Internship: Foundations8:30am – 11am; 1pm – 5pm M-F; 7 pm to 9pm WGrad/Dmin3IntensivePulickalPrist221
7/8-7/20DM 862Ignatian Retreat Internship: Intermediate8:30am – 11am; 1pm – 5pm M-F; 7 pm to 9pm WGrad/Dmin3IntensivePulickalPrist221
6/24-7/12LI 625Sacraments of Initiation8:45am – 11:45am Mon-FriGrad/MAL(S)3IntensiveGillPrist101
6/3-6/21LI 654Liturgical Movement9am to 12 M-FGrad/MAL(S)3IntensiveWhaphamPrist221
6/3-6/21LI 656Eucharist: Origins, Structure, and Controversies1pm to 4:00pm M-ThGrad/MAL(S)3IntensiveBoughtonPrist221
6/7-8; 6/21-22LF 516Lay Leadership of PrayerF 6pm to 9pm; Sat 9am to 5pmGrad/MAPS2WeekendsMadeoPrist221