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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 Announces New Director of Civil Rights

The University of Dallas has announced a new director of civil rights, Luciana Milano. Milano, who has a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard College and a J.D. from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, began her new role on Oct. 12.

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Donors Endow Philosophy Scholarship in St. John Henry Newman’s Name

“This is the first time we’ve had a scholarship in honor of a great Catholic intellectual — and now, within the last year, saint,” said President Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA ’82 MA ’83, by way of introducing the St. John Henry Newman Scholarship in Philosophy recently endowed by alumnus Matthew Hejduk, MA '98 PhD '06, and his wife, Julia Hejduk, Ph.D. Julia was a colleague of Hibbs during his time at Baylor University, where she teaches in the Classics Department.

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Former Teacher, MFA Alumna Explores Memory, Pursues Art Full Time

Michelle Cortez-Gonzales, MFA ’20, was a Fort Worth ISD high school teacher with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Texas at Arlington when she decided to go back to school to get her master’s. At the recommendation of a friend, she visited UD, and knew immediately from the wooded area around the Art Village, the architecture of the buildings, and the faculty members she met that UD was the place for her.

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