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School of Theology and Ministry

M.A./M.B.A. Dual Degree Program

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This program is designed for students interested in careers in the management and administration of churches and Church-related organizations and corporations such as dioceses, hospital systems, and social service agencies.  Understanding competent and ethical management as a ministry to the Church and related organizations, the program reflects the University’s mission to educate individuals to serve with excellence in their fields and to work for social and economic justice.  Students generally begin their studies in the STM, and students are encouraged to stay in close contact with advisors both in the STM and CSOM.

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  • To educate students in the languages and cultures of best management practices, theology and pastoral ministry.
  • To provide the core curriculum of each discipline while enabling students to concentrate in specific areas of knowledge and practice that correspond to their professional goals.
  • To provide applied learning experiences in contexts related to the student’s professional interest, with competent and knowledgeable supervision from faculty and/or practitioners in management and pastoral ministry.
  • To prepare practitioners who have a commitment to work with the Church in bringing best management practices to the Church and related agencies, while bringing theological expertise and a social-ethical perspective to management in these contexts.

Program Requirements

  • Students must apply to and be accepted independently to the STM and to CSOM. All admissions standards and requirements for each school apply to applicants to the M.A./M.B.A. program. Typically, an M.A./M.B.A. student will enroll in the Evening / Part-time CSOM M.B.A. program. Only in rare cases for students with exceptional credentials would an M.A./M.B.A. student be admitted to the full-time M.B.A. program.
  • CSOM requirements are sequenced but STM requirements need not be.
  • Full-time students in the program typically start at the STM, but will generally take both STM courses and CSOM courses in a given semester and complete the M.A./M.B.A. in three and a half years. However, students have the flexibility of doing the M.A./M.B.A. program on a part-time basis, thus spreading their coursework over a longer period of time.
  • The entire dual degree program must be completed in six years.
  • All students in the M.A./M.B.A. program enroll in STM course Spiritual Formation in their first academic year of study, regardless of whether they are enrolled primarily in STM or CSOM.

Student Advisement

The STM assigns each student a Course Selection Advisor when his or her graduate studies begin. The CSOM Associate Dean for Graduate Programs will manage the advisement process for all M.A./M.B.A. students.

As with all dual degree programs, initiative and planning are necessary to navigate two graduate schools.  Students are encouraged to plan out their studies as much as possible so all required classes can be completed in the three and a half year timeframe.

Field Education

At the same time as they are enrolling in MB 702 Management Practice III: Leadership Workshop or MB 740 Entrepreneurship and Business Planning, dual M.A./M.B.A. students enroll in TM 530 Contextual Education. Using their leadership or business plan project as their field placement and receiving the benefit of feedback from CSOM faculty, students also attend the TM 530 practicum course and participate in theological/ministerial supervision. By combining supervision from the two fields of study, the student integrates these fields into his/her management practice in a Church or Church-related setting. STM summer students enroll in Contextual Education for three credits; STM academic year students enroll in Contextual Education for four credits.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition is paid to the school in which the dual degree student is currently enrolled.  If a student is taking some courses in each of the two schools, s/he should pay tuition to the school in which s/he is enrolled for more credits.  Financial aid packages are provided by each school independently.  Students must apply for financial aid in each school.


Course worksheets and/or programs of study are provided by each school.  CSOM lists specific courses for its requirements, but the STM usually lists requirement areas, in which many courses could fulfill a given requirement area (this is the case unless a specific course number is listed).  The STM does not require that courses be sequenced in the order that they are listed on the worksheets, but CSOM generally does. For exceptions to this sequencing, students should consult the CSOM associate dean for graduate programs.

Prerequisities for Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • You must also apply and be admitted to the Carroll School of Management in order to pursue the dual degree program