To meet the diverse pastoral needs of the surrounding dioceses, the Master's in Pastoral Ministry program has several concentrations. To complete this degree, students must select one of these focus areas:
Campus Ministers provide proactive ministerial services on college campuses, reaching out to young adults. This program prepares those interested in working with a population faced with the challenges of college life, and the often accompanying questions about faith, values, and using one's gifts.
The concentration in Church Management provides ministers with theological, pastoral, financial, and managerial skills crucial for the efficient operation of churches and schools. It requires 37 credit hours of course work, including 19 credit hours from the School of Ministry, 12 credit hours from the College of Business, and six electives in approved business or ministry courses. Students must also complete a capstone project.
This recognized program for Family Ministry Certification is offered in cooperation with the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers, and the regional Family Life Network. This concentration enables participants to minister effectively to the particular needs of families in the 21st century.
Recognized by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, this focus area features on site Clinical Pastoral Education(CPE) at Harris Medical Center in Fort Worth or Children's Medical Center of Dallas, combined with academic knowledge and a capstone project.
With emphasis on ministerial outreach to the Hispanic community, the program in Hispanic Ministry trains professionals to meet the needs of one of the fastest growing communities in the Church.
Intended to prepare Pastoral Associates and Parish Life Administrators, this focus area emphasizes the comprehensive needs of those assisting with parish leadership, administration, and faith formation.
This focus area provides the preparation needed to address the spiritual growth of youth in a parish or school setting. The program is offered in conjunction with the Center for Ministry Development and meets its requirements for the National Certificate in Youth Ministry.