Programs for the Laity

Three Available Programs for the Laity:


Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)

Interested in rigorous, deep study and exploration of Catholic theology? This track is an exclusively theological graduate degree program consisting of in-depth study and research in the major theological areas.

Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry (ILEM)

Wanting to dive deeper into your Catholic Faith? The Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry is a 23-credit hour lay formation program that offers holistic education through the study of theology, integrative formation days, retreats, and supervised practicums, all carried out in the context of a community of scholarship, faith, and fellowship.


Master's in Pastoral Leadership (MAPL)

Interested in earning a master’s degree in theology and ministry? This master’s degree program is designed for lay people to offer comprehensive theological formation directed toward the practice of ministry. In addition to coursework in theology, students also engage in ongoing pastoral, human, and spiritual formation and complete a capstone project addressing specific ministry challenges and opportunities.