Students from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science in Church Management degree from Villanova University are eligible to seek a 50% tuition discount, thanks to a special partnership between the diocese and Villanova.
The two-year graduate business program, which is available largely through distance learning, provides students with a high-level skill set in church management. It is offered through Villanova’s School of Business and is designed for church leaders looking for increased management expertise or volunteers looking to apply their skills in the church. It provides a solid management foundation designed specifically for faith-based institutions.
Coursework for the degree includes these topic areas: human resources; structures and relationships; advisory councils and boards; pastoral priorities and strategies; technology and data; canon and civil law compliance; budgets and financials; transparent information; facilities and risk.
The program is designed to meet the needs of an international student body of church leaders and managers of all faiths — including parish business managers, managers of diocesan and religious order departments and those engaged in managing church-related social service ministries. It is ideal for professionals who cannot take leave of their positions to relocate and pursue full-time study.
The program begins with online classes in the spring, followed by a one-week residency on the Villanova campus, which is located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. After the one-week residency, the remaining courses are provided online, enabling students to attend all classes without leaving their home or office.
Students who have a letter of recommendation from their pastor or a representative of the Church in the Diocese of Cleveland are eligible for a 50% tuition scholarship. The normal tuition of $980 per credit will be reduced to $490 per credit.
The program is not subsidized by the diocese, parishes or schools. Also, while completion of the program and attainment of the master’s degree is a strong credential and will be considered in any diocesan hiring process, it does not guarantee any particular job or promotion within diocesan business entities.
Click HERE for application instructions and forms on the Master of Science in Church Management via Villanova's website, or HERE to email a representative from Villanova.