Joint Programs

Innovation in theological and lay ministerial education. Distincltively Villanova programs. Preparation for the future.

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Combined Master of Arts & Certificate in Pastoral Ministry   

  • Full-time or Part-time
  • 42 credits 
  • Day and Evening Course Offerings

This innovative program offers you the opportunity to combine our MA in Theology with our Certificate in Pastoral Ministry and study lay ministry within the Catholic Christian theological tradition. The program is conducted jointly by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Center for Pastoral Ministry Education and Internship, and the Department of Education and Counseling. It prepares you for lay ministerial leadership and broadens your understanding of the dynamic interaction between theology and lay ministry. Its format allows you to complete both programs in just two years or in up to six years if you work while you pursue your career goals.

Combined Master of Arts & Certificate in Pastoral Ministry with Off-Campus Practicum   

  • Full-time or Part-time
  • 42 credits 
  • Day and Evening Course Offerings

This innovative program offers you the opportunity to combine our MA in Theology with our Certificate in Pastoral Ministry and study lay ministry within the Catholic Christian theological tradition. The program is conducted jointly by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Center for Pastoral Ministry Education and Internship, and the Department of Education and Counseling. It prepares you for lay ministerial leadership and broadens your understanding of the dynamic interaction between theology and lay ministry. Its format allows you to complete both programs in just two years or in up to six years if you work while you pursue your career goals.

Combined Master of Arts & Certificate in Pastoral Ministry with On-Campus Internship

  • Full-time
  • 42 credits
  • On-campus Practicum
  • Scholarships Available

Like our combined MA/CERT in Pastoral Ministry program, this academically rigorous program combines the MA in Theology with the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. In addition, it enrolls you in the Villanova Graduate Campus Ministry Internship Program. The program prepares you for lay ministerial leadership with a particular emphasis on campus ministry. Its format allows you to complete all three programs in just two years.

New! Combined Master of Arts & Certificate in History   

  • Full-time or Part-time
  • 39 credits
  • Day and Evening Course Offerings

This program combines the MA in Theology with the Certificate in History offered by the Department of History. It provides a unique opportunity to graduate students in theology who seek to advance their understanding of the historical context(s) of religious thought, institutions, and faith traditions.

New! Combined Master of Arts & Certificate in Education   

  • Full-time or Part-time
  • 42 credits
  • Day and Evening Course Offerings

This program is offered jointly by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Department of Education and Counseling. The option to include course work in education is especially important for MA students whose professional goals include teaching Theology or Religion in Elementary Schools, High Schools, and Academies. The program can be completed in two years of full-time studies or in up to six years if you work while you pursue your career goals.

New! Combined Master of Arts & Certificate in Nonprofit
Management

  • Full-time or Part-time
  • 42 credits
  • Day and Evening Course Offerings

We offer this program jointly with the Department of Public Administration. It provides a unique opportunity to graduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in community and faith-based organizations that operate both domestically and abroad. The program trains you in the pragmatic skills needed for effective leadership, administration, and management while providing in-depth knowledge and experience in the various fields of theological inquiry. You can complete the program in two years of full-time studies or in up to six years of part-time studies.

Worksheets, Requirements, and Deadlines

Admission Status

  • If you fulfill all admission requirements, we will admit you as a matriculated student.
  • If not, the committee may recommend that you be admitted non-matriculated and retain this status until you have successfully completed several graduate courses. At that time, we will re-evaluate your matriculation status.
  • Please note that only matriculated students are eligible for VU assistantships and governmental loans.