Center for Pastoral Ministry Education

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About the Campus Ministry Graduate Intern (CMI) Program

The Campus Ministry Graduate Internship Program trains you to serve the Church through rigorous theological and ministerial education. Your academic studies will strengthen and enhance your practical training in the ministerial context of campus ministry.

You are able to complete a master’s degree in Theology and a certificate in Pastoral Ministry at no cost. In exchange, you will spend 20 hours per week in ministry work and live in a first-year residence hall developing opportunities for undergraduate students to grow holistically through participation in liturgy, service, social justice work, retreats and reflection. You will act as a model of Christian living and community for Villanova’s undergraduate students.

You must enroll in the Campus Ministry Graduate Internship and the combined master’s degree in Theology and certificate in Pastoral Ministry. Applicants seeking enrollment in another graduate program will be considered on an individual basis.

CMI Program Goals

The Campus Ministry Graduate Internship Program:

  • formulates and advances ministry within the Augustinian tradition

  • is inclusive of all dimensions of faith, worship, and human experience

  • places ministry in dialogue with theology and counseling, and theology in dialogue with ministry and counseling

  • reflects on Christian faith and practice and develops new possibilities for Christian experience

  • emphasizes the ministerial contextualization of “faith seeking understanding”

  • offers an education in the Augustinian tradition that advances ministerial education in the US and serves the Church

Eligibility Requirements

  • undergraduate degree
    (3.0 min GPA)
  • one year (min) of post undergraduate work/service experience
  • eligible for admission to the Graduate Degree Program
    at Villanova.

General Program Requirements

  • live in a first-year residence hall
  • spend 20 hr/wk in ministry work
  • utilize their gifts/ expertise in service of Campus Ministry over two academic years
  • participate in staff meetings, intern group meetings, theological reflections etc…
  • attend Residence Life area and building meetings when possible and work collaboratively with Residence Life staff
  • enroll in the combined MA/CERT and Campus Ministry Internship degree program.

Specific Program Requirements

  • regular individual meetings with coordinator
  • submit weekly work log
  • advise a fall/spring Service Break Experience trip
  • plan Freshman Escape Retreats
  • create and facilitate a weekly faith sharing Get Real group in residence hall
  • invite and encourage students to accompany you to Sunday evening liturgy
  • attend all University large liturgies
  • invite & encourage students to attend University events such as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Special Olympics, and St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service


Applications are now being accepted for admission to Campus Ministry’s Graduate Internship Program. The application deadline is March 1, 2016. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis, space permitting. You must be accepted into a master’s degree program at Villanova to be considered for an internship position, however concurrent application to both the internship program and grad school is encouraged.


Graduate Theology Programs


Villanova University provides the following to each intern:


  • room and board
  • tuition remission for course work in fulfillment of a master’s degree in Theology and a certificate in Pastoral Ministry
  • an annual stipend