Master of Divinity



Through our baptismal commitment, all Christians are called to make God known, loved, and served in this world. We each respond to that call in our own unique way. Many are called to serve the Church and its people as ordained ministers or lay ecclesial ministers, proclaiming the Word and bringing healing and hope to all they encounter. These efforts require them to enter a time of rigorous, thoughtful, and comprehensive preparation for ministry. We invite all who are interested to consider what our MDiv Program has to offer.

Our Mission

The Master of Divinity program at the University of Notre Dame prepares professional ministers for service in the Roman Catholic Church. The program forms leaders who are grounded in Catholic tradition, faithful to the Church's witness to Jesus Christ, pastorally skillful and wise. 


The MDiv at Notre Dame has  been committed to both lay and ordained ministry from early in its history. It is designed as a comprehensive formation process for these two distinct but complementary vocations. The Catholic character, resources, liturgical life, and ethos of the University shape its context and content. The educational experience of MDiv students at Notre Dame is enriched by the interaction of seminarian, religious, and lay students of diverse backgrounds.


The program offers studies in a broad range of theological disciplines indispensable for developing the art of pastoral ministry. Through appropriate spiritual formation, supervised field placements and mentoring, each student is assisted in integrating these studies into a ministerial identity attuned to the needs of the contemporary Church and world.

Directed by the Second Vatican Council, we seek to prepare men and women for collaborative ministry in a multicultural Church.
— Based on the MDiv Mission Statement approved by the faculty of the Department of Theology May 1, 2000.

Formation for Ministry

The Church expects excellent preparation of those who exercise a ministry in its name. Candidates for both ordained and lay ecclesial ministry require a formation marked by high standards, effective methods, and comprehensive goals. 

MDiv coursework is shared by both cohorts in keeping with the spirit of collaborative leadership - the model for ministry in the contemporary Church. Except for that which is specific to ordained ministry, the two cohorts experience the majority of their academic and pastoral formation in common. The dimensions of human and spiritual formation take a different form and focus for each of the two groups: 

Formation for Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Human and Spiritual Formation for the lay community is based on the elements and goals for formation found in Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord (USCCB, 2005). Our comprehensive approach to lay human and spiritual formation is singular among formation programs in the country.

Formation for Ordained Ministry

Seminarians of the Congregation of Holy Cross  are prepared for ministry in the MDiv Program. Our four-year program of intellectual and pastoral formation is integrated with the human and spiritual formation they receive at Moreau Seminary.  Their formation program is guided by the prescripts of the Program for Priestly Formation 5th edition (USCCB, 2006). For further information, contact: or check out the Vocation Website at


If you have questions about the MDiv Program, please contact us at 574.631.4256, or email us at