Master of Arts in Ministry


Mariana Miller, MA
Associate Director, MAM and CSP

Eileen Burke-Sullivan, STD
Director, MA Ministry

Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178


Master of Arts in Ministry

The Creighton University Master of Arts in Ministry is a professional, ecclesial ministry formation program which incorporates graduate Christian Theology, Human and Personal Development, Spiritual Formation and Applied Ministerial skills through an online and on-campus hybrid methodology.

Intensive, week long seminar/professional development courses will be held on campus annually with online pastoral theology coursework throughout the rest of the year, and locally, nationally or internationally focused internships in applied ministry developed according to the student's interests and expectations for post graduate service to ecclesial communities.


The program remains organized to address the formation of lay men and women who want to prepare for professional ministry in the Catholic Church (including but not limited to Parish, Diocese, Campus Ministry, Hospital or Prison Chaplaincy etc.).  Ordained Deacons in the Catholic Church are warmly encouraged to apply as well.  Candidates for professional ministry within other Christian denominations are also most welcome in the program.

Learning Outcomes for the MA in Ministry Program

A student who is preparing for ministry in Catholic ecclesial settings will analyze and apply the Catholic approach to revelation as embodied in Scripture and Tradition. A Student of another Christian denomination will be able to apply his/her denominationís approach to revelation. Students will be able to distinguish commonalities and differences of approach among denominations.
A graduate from the MA in Ministry will:

  1. Competently demonstrate  the necessary skills: planning, communication, decision-making and conflict resolution to provide leadership and team collaboration in contemporary Christian ecclesial structures
  2. Demonstrate the ability to distinguish among, and synthesize, the core concepts of the theological specialties of Fundamental, Systematic, Liturgical, Moral, and Spiritual theologies, and be prepared to make pastoral application of each.
  3. Verify by their relationship with the Church that the Christian ministerial call comes from the needs of the ecclesial community and is practiced within the diverse cultural contexts of its members.
  4. In their behavior graduates will:
    • demonstrate core Gospel values of mercy, justice, integrity and compassion.
    • model the spirit of discipleship of Jesus Christ identified in the New Testament.
    • practice balancing ministerial demands with personal and familial commitments.

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