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Ministry Formation Master's Degrees

Answer your calling and help guide others on their own spiritual journeys

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 Ministry Formation master’s programs are developed to help you gain an in-depth understanding of Scripture, the Christian faith and the Ignatian tradition so you can become a Christian leader in your community and enrich your spiritual life.

No matter which master’s program you choose, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of Christian Spirituality under the guidance of expert faculty mentors. Our Theology Department faculty are widely published, nationally and internationally recognized, and dedicated to educating graduate students as individuals.

An advanced ministry formation degree from the Creighton University Graduate School can prepare you to serve in several professional capacities within the Catholic church and other Christian denominations, or in a faith-based role outside of the church.

Earn a Ministry Formation degree on a schedule that works for you

Creighton’s Ministry Formation master’s programs are designed to fit into your busy schedule. These hybrid programs offer online courses, so you can earn the bulk of your degree online. Spiritual retreats and other on-campus courses will offer you opportunities to connect with your professors and peers face-to-face.

If you’re not quite ready to commit to an advanced degree, Creighton’s Ministry Formation graduate certificates could fit for your schedule and goals. These can be earned on a shorter timeline, and can later be applied to a Ministry Formation master’s degree.

Creighton University awards all Ministry master’s students a 50 percent tuition remission
Faculty spotlight
Jeffrey Smith

Jeffrey Smith

PhD | Associate Professor and Program Director, College of Arts & Sciences
“I strongly believe in the first two bullets of Creighton’s credo: We believe in God as the loving Creator, and we believe each person is created in God's image and therefore possesses intrinsic value as human beings.”
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My graduate degree in ministry helped form and prepare me spiritually and pastorally for my current ministry—working at a university helping to awaken hearts and lives of solidarity to build a more just world.
Jeff Peak
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MA, BA
Assistant Director, Schlegel Center for Service and Justice

Explore your options for a master’s degree in ministry

Click through below to learn what the program covers, its duration, method and more.

Christian Spirituality (MA)
This renowned program is best suited for those already in ministry who would like to grow spiritually through reflection, prayer and communal worship. Students who complete this program possess the ability to address urgent issues facing our world from a Christian perspective and often go on to work in teaching or ministry.

Ministry (MA)
The program is designed primarily to address the formation of lay men and women for professional ministry in the Catholic Church (including but not limited to parish, diocese, campus ministry, hospital, military or prison chaplaincy, etc.). The program is also organized to deepen the formation of ordained deacons and deacon candidates in the Catholic Church. Candidates for professional ministry within other Christian denominations are also welcome.