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Master of Science in Church Management

Master of Science in Church Management | Villanova University

Management Skills for More Effective Ministry

Join the Center for the Study of Church Management at VSB for an educational experience that will transform the way you lead and serve the church in an increasingly complex world.

The Master of Science in Church Management (MSCM) is an innovative two-year graduate business program that provides you with a high level skill set in church management, strengthening your ability to contribute to the church’s mission with the convenience of an online program, and the benefit of a community of classmates that learn with you.

Who should apply to the MSCM program?

The MSCM is designed to meet the needs of a international student body of church leaders and managers—including parish business managers, managers of diocesan and religious order departments, and those engaged in managing church-related social service ministries. It is ideal for professionals who cannot take leave of their positions to relocate and pursue full-time study. The MSCM can be completed online in only two years of part-time study.

Admission to the program is based on experience, letters of recommendation, and a personal essay. Standardized test scores and interviews are not required. The next MSCM cohort begins online the week of May 17, 2021. This course includes a mandatory 1-week summer residency on Villanova’s campus, currently scheduled for May 31-June 4, 2021. All students need a 3.0 GPA in MSCM courses in order to graduate from the program.

What will you study?

The MSCM program is built upon two foundational elements—a solid business curriculum and a faith-based approach to church management.

Each student is exposed to the study of management and its applications within the context of church leadership. And unlike a number of other programs—in which church management is just an add-on specialization within a standard MBA degree—the MSCM curriculum is holistic and fully integrated. Each course is meticulously designed for church managers and addresses management issues from a faith-based perspective.

MSCM courses cover topics including leadership in religious organizations, civil and church laws, financial oversight, and human resource management in a ministry setting.

In less than two years, you will build a network of peers across the nation and gain the following cutting-edge managerial competencies.

  • Planning: Strategy formation and implementation, technology/data, and the legal environment
  • Stewarding: Financial literacy, budgeting, transparency, and financial statements
  • Organizing: Human resources, organizational structure and behavior, and advisory board utilization
  • Leading: Group dynamics, ecclesiological perspectives, and alignment between the faith community work and values

Click here to learn more about the MSCM curriculum. 

When do classes meet?

The program begins with online classes the week of May 17, 2021. A one-week residency on the Villanova University campus is scheduled for May 31-June 4, 2021. Following this week on campus, all remaining MSCM courses are provided online, enabling you to attend all classes without leaving your home or office.

Why Villanova?

VSB has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922 by the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Augustine. The MSCM program has been ranked #3 among online graduate business programs by US News and World Report. VSB is home to the internationally recognized Center for Church Management, led by Faculty Director Matthew Manion. The first of its kind in the nation, the center is dedicated to serving the church through education and research.

How much does the MSCM cost?

2020-2021 tuition for the MSCM Program is $29,400 (30 credits at $980 per credit). However, students who currently work for the church will receive a $7,350 scholarship from Villanova, reducing tuition costs by 25% to $22,050. Additional scholarship funding and diocesan partnership tuition discounts may be available. Please contact us for more information at


MSCM Class

Click on the links below to access resources to assist you as you prepare for the MSCM program:

Important Notices for Online Prospective and Current Students

The following includes important information regarding the University’s authorization status, students’ responsibilities related to relocation and programs leading to professional licensures, and the complaint process for online students.

Read the Notices for Distance Education Programs

Contact Us

Center for the Church Management and Business Ethics
Villanova School of Business
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Tel: (610) 519-4371
Fax: (610) 519-6054

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Villanova University
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1074 Bartley Hall
Villanova, PA 19085

Tel: (610) 519-4336
Fax: (610) 519-6273

Villanova is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.