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 the 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

University Welcomes Leading Catholic Intellectual to Campus

On Friday, Sept. 13, the university community welcomed George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the father of two UD alumnae. Celebrated for his two-volume biography of St. John Paul II and many other intellectual contributions, Weigel presented an exploration of the current Catholic situation in light of a new interpretation of the past 250 years of the church's interaction with social, cultural, economic and political modernity.

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Recent DBA Alumnus Begins Tenure-Track Position at UNI

Gabe Dickey, DBA '19, recently successfully defended his dissertation, titled "Exploring the Human Side of Audit Quality: Team Engagement and Partner Leadership Behaviors," for UD's Doctor of Business Administration. Dickey has spent his career in the accounting profession, the vast majority as a certified public accountant working in auditing. He began UD's DBA program three years ago, drawn in by his interest in broader business issues and the program's practitioner-oriented focus.

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Longtime Campus Safety Officer Sworn In to UDPD

Carlos Tijerina came to UD as a Campus Safety officer 23 years ago. He has loved the camaraderie of the CSO, but it has always been his dream to become a police officer. Then, a little over a year ago, UD finally got a police department. On Sept. 10, Tijerina was sworn in by President Thomas Hibbs as an official part of the UDPD team.

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