What will I learn?

Our program will prepare you for ministerial professions, especially for positions identified as lay ecclesial ministry within the Roman Catholic Church.

The program's basic requirements offer you a comprehensive introduction to the theological, ethical, historical and Biblical resources that ground a Christian minister's work. The additional requirements introduce you to the principles of pastoral theology and selected pastoral skills that are applicable in most ministerial settings.

We integrate the study of theology with the general principles and effective practices of pastoral ministry. This provides you with an opportunity to prepare for a variety of service careers emerging in the contemporary church, including pastoral positions in catechetics and religious education; family, parish and campus ministry.

We are constantly working forward. Our courses in religious education and telecommunications, family and parish ministries, and the social teachings of the church ensure the vitality of our program.

Program Details

The mission of the Department of Religious Studies is to discover, explore and analyze religious experience in its various manifestations, emphasizing the Roman Catholic tradition in dialogue with the other Christian traditions and with the world religions.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
USD $665 per credit hour for fall and spring; USD $460 per credit hour for summer
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

O'Reilly Hall ,

300 College Park,



45469, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Twenty-four semester hours of undergraduate course work in philosophy and theology/religion with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is recommended. Those with limited or no academic background in theology may be admitted on a conditional basis.

TOEFL - A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based (IB) test or 550 on the paper-based test is required for full admission, IELTS - A minimum band score of 6.5 is required for full admission, PTE - A minimum score of 60 is required for full admission

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.