Masters in Pastoral Leadership (MAPL)

“My favorite part of NDS was the classes. It was such a privilege to sit in lectures and seminars and contemplate the truths of the faith with professors whom I admire. I am grateful that these experiences were part of my young adult life and formation. I would not be the same mother, wife and teacher without the education I received at NDS.”

– Kimberly Anson, M.A., Lafayette, LA

Interested in earning a professional degree in theology and ministry? This degree program is designed for lay people to offer comprehensive theological formation that is 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.

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership (MAPL) is a 42 credit hour program that incorporates theological coursework, two ministry practica, pastoral formation, and a final capstone paper. The program is geared toward lay Catholics who are active in teaching, service or ministry work and would like to develop not only their knowledge but also capacity for professional lay leadership in these areas. Special attention is given to the challenges encountered in today’s culture and empowers co-workers in the Lord’s vineyard to excel at ministry. Candidates of MAPL who reside in the Archdiocese of New Orleans may also be eligible to apply to the lay ecclesial ministry commissioning process offered by ILEM, and can complete their MAPL and ILEM requirements concurrently.

“I would consider my upbringing extremely ‘Catholic.’ I grew up in a practicing Catholic family, had Catholic friends and went to a Catholic Secondary School. However, after graduating high school and going through college and post college, I began to realize how “weak” my understanding of the faith was. Notre Dame Seminary changed that for me.”

– Caroline Boelte, M.A., High School Religion Teacher

Scholarship Opportunity

You may be eligible for our two scholarships: Handing on the Faith and Ecclesial Ministry Discount! Please see attachments for qualifications



“Through NDS, I am receiving precious gifts that sustain me for service to those with whom I minister both within the parish setting and my personal life. My spiritual life has deepened and I have a better grasp of Church teaching.”

– Melanie Saunee, Licensed Pastoral Counselor

Scholarship Opportunity

  • 42 credit hours = 23 credits from ILEM + 12 credits of additional theology courses + 4 credits of pastoral immersion + 3 credits for pastoral capstone project
  • All requirements may be completed within 2-4 years.


ILEM MAPL Handbook – 2019


MAPL New Student Checklist

MAPL Application


Jordan Haddad, Ph.D. (cand.) Director of Lay Ministry Programs and Lay Formation 866-7426 ex. 123


Pamela Cosse, Administrative Assistant 866-7426 ext 742