Graduate Programs

Master’s and doctoral programs in business, liberal arts and ministry

Graduate degrees for serious scholars, creative thinkers, rising professionals and those with a passion to serve:

Whether you’re interested in taking your career to the next level with an MBA, pursuing your creative passions with an M.F.A., preparing for an academic career with a Ph.D., or just expanding your skill set with a graduate certificate, the University of Dallas provides a unique, supportive, hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to graduate and professional education guided by integrity and belief in the importance of truth and virtue. 

Certificate Programs

Program Description
Accounting A graduate certificate in accounting is ideal for someone seeking updated best practices and more specialized knowledge in the field of accounting. Topics include financial statement analysis, taxation and auditing.
Business Analytics For professionals desiring to stay current on industry trends and best practices, a graduate certificate in business analytics provides immediately actionable knowledge on topics such as data mining and visualization, quantitative methods and predictive modeling.
Catechetical Ministry The graduate certificate in catechetical ministry is specifically designed for those who would like to serve as directors of adult formation, parish catechetical leaders or directors of children's formation, directors of RCIA, Catholic school teachers or administrators.
Catholic Teacher Certificate With the University of Dallas Catholic Teacher Certificate, you will meet all of the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department pedagogy requirements for teaching in Texas Catholic schools. The program is comprised of 18 credit hours and offers emphases in elementary or secondary education. 
Cybersecurity For professionals desiring to stay current in the rapidly evolving field of cybersecurity, a graduate certificate provides immediately actionable knowledge on topics such as network security, digital forensics, penetration testing and vulnerability assessment.
Finance A graduate certificate in finance provides business professionals with specialized knowledge in the area of finance and covers topics such as investments, corporate valuation, and international financial markets.
Information & Technology Management For professionals desiring to stay current on industry trends and best practices, a graduate certificate in information & technology management provides immediately actionable knowledge on topics such as enterprise architecture, programming concepts and strategy & IT governance.

Master's Programs

Program Description
American Studies Customize a program of study integrating American literature, politics and history, and investigate the authentic understanding of human nature, political order and justice shared by America's founders. Gain distinctive preparation for a career in teaching, public policy or research.
Art (MFA) The graduate program in studio art seeks to provide the self-motivated student with the tools needed to meet the demands required of the professional working artist.
Accounting Emphasizing principled leadership, this 33-credit-hour program provides accounting professionals with the foundation necessary to excel in today’s financial environment that compels high quality reporting and transparency.
Business Administration (MBA) Whether building a company or working as a business professional, this 30-credit-hour program prepares students to advance their careers by developing the skills necessary to excel in a corporate environment.
Business Analytics The MS in Business Analytics is a 33-credit-hour degree program that prepares results-driven individuals to influence strategy, processes and decision-making by exploring relationships through data analysis.
Catechetical Ministry The master's degree in catechetical ministry is specifically designed for those who would like to serve as directors of adult formation, parish catechetical leaders or directors of children's formation, directors of RCIA, Catholic school teachers or administrators.
Catholic School Leadership 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 in Catholic schools through the Master of Catholic School Leadership.
Classics Prepare for a teaching career or doctoral work through the rigorous study of Greek or Latin alongside the analysis of age-old texts. Pursue your well-developed interests in the humanities with the foundation needed to read the texts of antiquity.
Classical Education Immerse yourself in the classical education ethos afforded by the core curriculum tradition at University of Dallas, and become conversant with the great works in the canon of the Western tradition.
Cybersecurity The cybersecurity master’s program covers the critical topics facing organizations today, including data protection, legal and compliance, operational and strategic Cybersecurity management, penetration testing, and digital forensics.
English The master's program in English emphasizes literary criticism understood as elucidation of individual works and development of standards of judgment. The atmosphere of study is set by the understanding that poetry offers reliable access to a wisdom, which, although perhaps distinct from philosophy, is comparable to philosophy in its breadth and penetration.
Finance This 30-credit-hour program equips professionals with an intensive education in investments and corporate finance. Finance students gain the knowledge that can help them identify and measure financial risk, develop strategies to mitigate it, and assess a company’s financial strategy and decisions.
Information & Technology Management Designed for IT professionals seeking to pursue leadership positions, the program equips students with an intensive education in enterprise architecture, strategy and governance, project management, business analytics, ethics, and sustainability. 
Humanities A wide range of graduate courses are offered by various departments of the University with the intention of giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests in different fields without committing to earning a degree in any one field alone, and to encourage the careful reading of a limited number of primary texts.
Leadership Designed for executives and aspiring leaders who work in various kinds of organizations, including private industry, public enterprise, entrepreneurial start-ups, schools and non-profits, the UD Master of Leadership will help you become a leader who leads with integrity and innovates with vision.
Pastoral Ministry The master's degree and graduate certificate in pastoral ministry are designed to equip those who wish to serve in parishes, dioceses or other ministerial settings with in-depth theological knowledge and effective pastoral skills.
Philosophy The Master's Program in Philosophy intends to engage students in a serious and thorough study of the Western philosophic tradition.
Politics The twin missions of the Department of Politics are to teach students to examine politics from the perspective of political philosophy and to educate its students for leadership in public affairs. Prepare for a career in law, journalism, business, government, or teaching through a concentrated course of study in political philosophy and contemporary politics.
Psychology Offering an array of courses in personality theory, psychodiagnostics, psychotherapy and health psychology, the master's program provides incisive courses in the history of psychology, as well as special topics classes ranging from primate studies to projective techniques.
Teaching The Master of Arts in Teaching focuses on the advancement of teaching as a career and is exclusively designed to offer current University of Dallas undergraduate students the opportunity to earn their master's degree in five years, in conjunction with their baccalaureate studies.
Theological Studies (MTS) The master's degree and graduate certificate in theological studies are designed to equip you for the practical application of theological knowledge and can be completed fully online or on campus.
Theology Read core texts, engage in ecumenical seminars and attend theological academic conferences. Share the gift of a rigorous, faithful and well-founded theological education through a career in teaching, research or ministry.

Doctoral Programs

Program Description
Business Administration (DBA) The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is a rigorous applied research-based program that will prepare proven business professionals to expand their breadth of knowledge and abilities in leadership, innovation and customer engagement to solve problems and lead change ethically.
Institute of Philosophic Studies  The IPS attempts to correct the tendency in higher education at the Ph.D. level toward increasing specialization at the expense of utility, ever more barbarous and repugnant technical jargon at the expense of intelligibility, and indifference to the need human beings have to make good choices in life.
Literature (Ph.D.) Students learn to apprehend the form of literary art by attending to the qualities of poetic speech and by studying the kinds of poetry. They investigate such constants of the art as myth, symbol, analogy and figure, image, prosody, and style. In the process they come to appreciate the notable congruence of particularity with generality that characterizes the poetic mode of being and that has led thinkers to define a poem as a "concrete universal."
Philosophy (Ph.D.) The aim of philosophy at the University of Dallas is to recover the possibility of a wisdom dealing with those "first things" which ground and locate human experience within the whole of being. Philosophy explores the totality of human existence. It analyzes the frameworks within which other human endeavors occur and recommends ways in which they might be situated so as to throw light on the character of the totality.
Politics (Ph.D)  The aim of the Politics Ph.D. program is to help form students who will be able to bring to the perennial political questions an understanding shaped by the centuries of discourse on such questions. Our graduates have gone on to teach at leading colleges and universities, to clerk for justices of the Supreme Court, and to hold high positions in presidential administrations.

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When Foresight Is 20/20: Endowment Gains 27 Percent in One Stroke Thanks to $10 Investment 24 Years Ago

At a time when many small liberal arts universities are struggling, the University of Dallas has some good news to offer: The strategic sale of the apartment complex owned by the university for 24 years has increased the endowment by nearly 27 percent, or $16 million, bringing the current value to over $76 million. Further, this increase is predicted to eventually generate an additional $800,000 annually for UD's operations, capital and maintenance budgets.

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