Neuhoff School of Ministry Vision & Mission

Our Mission: Theological Education for Transformative Service

Ministry students, immersed in the Catholic theological tradition, develop critical skills for theological reflection and receive high quality education and formation that is necessary for personal growth, professional ministry, and transformative service to the Catholic Church, the broader Christian community, and the wider world. The Ann & Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry offers practice-oriented programs of theological studies and pastoral ministry including degrees, certificates, conferences, ongoing seminars, lectures, and continuing education.

 

Undergraduate Program Mission

The mission of the undergraduate program is to give students the benefits of a liberal education while at the same time preparing them for pastoral ministry in the Church, in accord with the standards set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation (USCCB/CCA), and the National Certification Standards for Pastoral Ministers.

Graduate Programs Mission

The graduate programs offer practice-oriented theological education specific to a wide variety of ministries within and outside the Church, in accord with the USCCB/CCA standards for lay ecclesial ministers.

Continuing Education Mission

The continuing education programs give adults that theological education and formation that is necessary for an academically credible faith life in the context of the modern world.

Our Vision

The University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry will be recognized nationally for its excellence as a leading Catholic program in ministry.

Accreditation

SACS

The University of Dallas is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees.

USCCB

The graduate programs and undergraduate degree, in content and form, are designed to ensure that successful students will be prepared to enter the ministerial workforce having met the standards set by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation, and the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers.

The master's in pastoral ministry - youth ministry program is specifically designed to educate leaders based on the U.S. Catholic Bishops' pastoral plan, "Renewing the Vision - A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry." It also correlates with the national competency-based standards for certification as developed by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in conjunction with the USCCB.

Memberships

The Neuhoff School of Ministry is a member of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

University of Dallas prepares leaders for transformative ministry. 

  • Teaching faculty have decades-long experience in pastoral ministry and have distinguished themselves with the highest degrees from prestigious academic institutions. 
  • Prizing the transformative work of our ministry graduates to culture at large, the university has recently lowered the cost of graduate tuition by over 20%.
  • With over 20+ years of theological education experience, School of Ministry has grown a network of collaborative partnerships with various dioceses and national and international Catholic organizations. 
  • Both online and onsite classes foster a unique level of communication and community among students, who support, challenge and illuminate one another at every turn. 
  • Internships, practicums and capstone projects are available for all fields of study, giving students ample opportunity to gain hands-on experience or carry out independent research on matters of pastoral and ministerial import to the Church. 
  • The university's picturesque Rome Campus in the quiet of the Alban foothills provides a unique opportunity for students to integrate the enrichment of international study and immersion in the Catholic history and culture of Rome with an intense community building atmosphere, all within the contours of our graduate curriculum.

News

UD Adds 'Best Value' and 'Best Colleges' Rankings for 2017

Forbes and MONEY magazine have included the University of Dallas, once again, in their annual rankings of America's most valuable and affordable colleges and universities. Dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, both rankings reward UD for being one of the nation's top higher education institutions.

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Rekindling 'The Truth of Human Experience'

The urgent task of philosophy in our day, according to the renowned German philosopher Martin Heidegger, is to relearn the art of seeing what is before us, argues Chad Engelland, director of the philosophy master's program, in his recently published book, "Heidegger's Shadow: Kant, Husserl, and the Transcendental Turn."

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In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" J. Finegan

Former university trustee Robert "Bob" J. Finegan, passed away last week on July 7, 2017, at the age of 79, surrounded by his loved ones. He will be dearly missed and remembered as a courageous and kind spirit.

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