Ministry (Master of Arts)

Make your passion for serving others your career.

Anyone with the desire to help others can serve God’s people, but what if you want to take your service to a new level? Creighton University’s Master of Arts in Ministry program can prepare you to serve in a number of professional capacities within the Catholic church and other Christian denominations, or in a faith-based role outside of the church, in as little as three years.

You’ll learn about serving in a Christian role from leaders in the field. Faculty members in the Master of Arts in Ministry program are widely published and are known nationally and internationally. Courses are geared toward theology and your professional and personal development.

Shape your career with an education that shapes you.

When did you last take time to reflect on who you are as a person and how God is calling you to serve? One of the highlights of this program is an eight-day spiritual retreat that gives you the time to take a step back from your busy, everyday life and work on your personal formation. During this time, you’ll explore your life, your sense of who God is, your identity in Christ and how God is inviting you to serve.

Work toward your degree on your schedule.

Courses in Creighton University’s Master of Arts in Ministry program are offered online, in eight-week terms, year-round. On-campus residency are held in the summer, when students come together for week-long seminars that offer personal, spiritual and professional development. Students typically take one course at a time and complete the program in about three years while continuing to work full-time.

Graduates from this program have gone on to minister to others in parishes, nonprofit organizations, hospitals, prisons, high school and college campuses, and other settings.


To earn a Master of Arts in Ministry at Creighton University, you must complete 46 credits:

  • 36 credits of accelerated, online theology courses. These courses are offered throughout the year in eight-week, online units.
    • Introduction to the Old Testament
    • Introduction to the New Testament
    • Christology
    • Ecclesiology: Theology of Church and Ministry
    • Moral Theology and Decision Making
    • Worship, Liturgy, and Sacrament
    • Theology and Catechesis
    • Ministerial Ethics and Leadership Skills
    • Historical Development of Fundamental Doctrine
    • Canon Law, Catholic Identity, and Ecumenism
    • Christian Prayer and Spirituality
    • Historical Spiritualties in the Christian Tradition (hybrid course – includes a short residency each fall through the course of the program)
  • 4 credits of professional and personal development
    • Orientation to Study and Ministry
    • Personal Human and Spiritual Development of the Minister
    • Introduction to Psychological Issues in Ministry
    • Lay Spiritual Movements
  • 4 credits from internship experience
    • Each internship can be worth 1-4 credits.
  • 2 remaining credits
    • Synthesis in Lay Ecclesial Ministry


Descriptions of each course can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.
Read more about the program goals of the Master of Arts in Ministry degree.


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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree, regardless of field, with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must include coursework in theology (at least nine credits)
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting


A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants

Tuition & Scholarships

Creighton University awards all Master of Arts in Ministry students a 50 percent tuition remission, resulting in a rate of $425 per credit for the 2017-18 academic year. Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Additional fees are charged each semester per credit hour for one to seven credit hours. An additional cost per credit hour applies to students taking more than seven credit hours.

For information on applicable fees, learn more on the Tuition and Fees page.

Summer Housing & Meals

Housing is available for students attending on-campus residencies in the summer. This housing consists of a shared suite that includes two private bedrooms, a shared bathroom, a small common living space with some furniture, a microwave and a small refrigerator.

Additional Financial Assistance
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Dual Degree Option

Dual Degree: Master of Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (MS-NCR) / Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM)


Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Date

Application Deadline
May 1

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