Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Theology; Catholic Studies
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Pastoral Ministry Bachelor's Degree Program

The Department of Theology strives to advance the dialogue between faith and reason through the study of philosophy, scripture, liturgy, Church history, and Christian morality. 

Pastoral Ministry Degree Program Highlights

  • Critically evaluate the dialogue between faith and reason.
  • Articulate Christian values and their application to human life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of servant leadership as reflected in the Christian scriptures and the Benedictine tradition.
  • Develop ministerial skills necessary for individual and collaborative ministry in pastoral settings.


Major in Pastoral Ministry:

THE 217, 303 or 310; 310 or 330; 332, 415, 418; plus a minimum of 26 semester credits in Theology, of these 26 credits, one course from each of the four major areas of theological study is required; SWK 309; ALU 499 Note: For those considering graduate studies, 12 semester credits of philosophy and two years of a foreign language are recommended.

Minor in Pastoral Ministry:

Minimum of 22 semester credits in theology (21 if taking THE 415), of which three courses must

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


Dr. Leroy Huizenga
Administrative Chair
(701) 355-8324
[email protected]

Dr. Michon Matthiesen
Program Chair
(701) 355-8081
[email protected]