Master of Catholic School Leadership
The University of Dallas Master of Catholic School Leadership is designed to prepare
you for leadership in Catholic education. Whether seeking to be a principal, president
or administrator at the elementary, secondary or diocesan levels, you will deepen
your knowledge of the Catholic tradition and gain practical, experience-based skills
for leadership through the Master of Catholic School Leadership. This program is an
interdisciplinary graduate degree, offered by the Ann and Joe O. Neuhoff School of Ministry in conjunction with the Department of Education in the Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts.
Master of Catholic School Leadership Degree Requirements
The Master of Catholic School Leadership consists of 37 credit hours. Students complete
a graduate proseminar, five ministry foundational courses offered by the Neuhoff School
of Ministry and seven education courses, offered by the Braniff Graduate School of
- RPS 6311. Liturgy and Sacraments. This course offers a critical survey of the history, theology, and liturgical celebration
of the sacraments according to the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, with special
attention given to the role of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.).
- RPS 6312. Moral Theology. A critical survey of fundamental moral theology, this course includes the distinctiveness
of Christian morality, conscience formation, natural law, moral norms, and decision-making.
It provides an entre into special moral theology, which includes bioethics, environmental
ethics, healthcare ethics, sexual ethics, and social ethics.
- RPS 6313. Systematic Theology. This course engages students in structured reflection on the Christian communal experience
of faith and how that faith is understood, expressed, and lived out in the Catholic
tradition. It invites dialogue among students and with the formative elements of Catholic
tradition to consider theological method (i.e., How do we do this work properly?),
doctrinal clarity (i.e., What does our formative tradition teach?) and pastoral practice
(i.e., How do theology and pastoral realities influence one another?). Topics of special
focus include revelation and faith, God, the Trinity, Christology, Christian anthropology,
and the theology of the church, including Mary and the saints.
- RPS 6314. Church History. The focus of this course is on the development of an understanding of the churchits
ministry and spiritualitythrough the early, medieval, Reformation, modern, and contemporary
eras. In particular, primary councils, movements, and church figures are considered.
- RPS 6336. Catechetics and the Development of Faith. This course introduces the history, theology, and practice of catechesis. This includes
the methods, content, and curriculum of contemporary catechesis, with particular focus
on age-appropriateness and faith and its maturation in people.
- EDU 5357. Foundations of Catholic Education. The purpose of this course is to increase awareness, knowledge, and understanding
of the many complex factors that shape education in Catholic schools. While reading
and reflecting upon relevant primary and secondary sources and engaging in thoughtful,
collegial discussion, the student will explore the history, mission, identity, and
value of Catholic schools. Students will review relevant Church documents, scholarly
texts, and research to evaluate the health of Catholic schools, the effects of Catholic
education, and the values (both promises and perils) of Catholic education in 21st century America. Special attention will be given to examining trends related to teaching
and learning in Catholic environments, infusing Catholic identity into educational
practice, and constructing a thoughtful, personal philosophy of education. Students
will create a Catholic Education Portfolio.
CSL 6361. The Catholic School Principal. This course will address the unique mission of the Catholic school and the special
demands placed upon the Catholic school administrator. The specific roles and responsibilities
of an administrator in a Catholic school will be examined. The student will be introduced
to the expectations of the position and the skills and knowledge required to meet
the challenges they present. This study will include an analysis of the principal's
responsibilities in the areas of leadership. Special attention will be paid to the
role of spiritual leader.
CSL 6362. Instructional Leadership. This course examines the major issues, problems and trends in curriculum and instruction.
This study will include an analysis of the leadership skills required of an administrator
in the areas of instructional supervision, curriculum development, instructional evaluation,
and staff development in a private or parochial school.
CSL 6363. Organizational Leadership and Planning. This course will examine administrative behavior and organizational structures as
they relate to non-public schools. This examination will include conceptual models
of strategic planning and decision-making.
CSL 6364. Non-Public School Finance and Development. This course will examine all aspects of the financial management of a private or parochial
school. This examination will include the fiscal planning process, as well as, the
development and implementation of a fiscal plan. The role of development and public
relations will be addressed. Discussion will also include all aspects of budgets,
marketing, fund raising, development strategy and management.
CSL 6365. Non-Public School Law. This course is a study of the legal issues concerned with the administration of a
Catholic school. Included in this study will be an overview of Constitutional Law:
Civil Law; Personnel Law; Canon Law; State and Federal Regulations; Accreditation
Issues; and Government programs. Participants will be presented with precedent setting
court decisions and case studies will be reviewed and discussed.
CSL 6366. Catholic School Leadership Internship. A supervised placement specific to Catholic school leadership, ordinarily undertaken
in the last year of study, that provides a structured opportunity to enhance skills
and integrate theoretical knowledge. Interns demonstrate leadership in a Catholic
school environment under the supervision of an appropriate field based mentor. Students
will also meet regularly with a faculty supervisor during the internship experience
to ensure learning outcomes are met. Registration for this course requires prior approval.
RPS 6010. Graduate Pro-Seminar. Required of all first-year students, this non-credit course is an introduction to
the fields and methods of theological study for ministerial formation. Registration
and active participation in all sessions constitute completion of the requirement.
Proseminar is offered only in the fall semester – both on campus and online. It is
graded on a pass/ fail basis.
What you need to know about the Master of Catholic School Leadership:
- Courses, taught by University of Dallas faculty, are offered online and on campus, in the evenings for busy, working professionals
- Coursework includes required reading, lectures, group work, written and oral presentations.
- The MSCL internship provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their leadership
skills and apply their ministerial and educational knowledge in a professional context,
guided by a faculty supervisor and field mentor.
- The University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry is fully accredited by the Commission
on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is in accordance
with the USCCB's standards for certification and accreditation.
Ready to take the next step?
It is simple to apply to the University of Dallas. We emphasize experience as well
as academic record in the application review process, and we do not require a GRE
score. Our enrollment coordinator can take you through the application process step-by-step
and guide you on your path toward leadership in Catholic schools.
Coordinator, Graduate Enrollment and Student Services
Catherine Hall - 110