"We're enthusiastic about this new joint venture, a new path for volunteers to gain
dynamic ministry training and learn more about their Catholic faith, while strengthening
our service to the Diocese of Dallas." -Theodore Whapham, Ph.D.
The Certificate in Pastoral Ministry (CPM) Program, a collaborative venture of University
of Dallas and the Diocese of Dallas, is designed to meet the educational and formational
needs of adults who serve their parishes, schools or other Catholic organizations on
a volunteer basis.
The CPM program requirements encompass a broad range of topics and are designed to provide foundational theological
and pastoral resources for those entering professional or volunteer ministry. The
CPM courses are offered in several convenient locations across the Diocese of Dallas and via
Zoom and typically meet once a week for two hours in five-week segments. Also offered in Spanish!
Learn your faith and discover how to share it.
The CPM program focuses on key areas of intellectual, pastoral, human and spiritual
formation. Courses cover a broad array of topics including Christian anthropology,
ministry in a multicultural church, morality and social justice, new testament and
prayer and spirituality. Read the course descriptions >>
Focus your service.
In addition to a series of core courses, the program offers elective courses in five
specific areas to help those involved in the following ministries: catechesis, liturgical
ministry, marriage and family life, pastoral care and youth and young adult ministry.
Students can focus in one concentration area or take electives in any area.
The University of Dallas recently earned high marks of excellence from leading publications – including moving up to the #2 spot for “Best Value” among U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Colleges" in the West, as well as The Princeton Review’s Best 388 Colleges and “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes.
The University of Dallas welcomes more than a dozen new faculty members this 2022-23 academic year. Their knowledge and insights will further enrich student learning in many disciplines, including art, biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, English, mathematics, philosophy, physics, and Spanish.
The University of Dallas welcomed the 421 members of Class of 2026 to campus last week, the second largest incoming class in its 66-year history. About 49% come from outside of Texas, representing 38 states and 270 cities, and international students from as far away as Vietnam.