Grounded in a theological and spiritual framework, the Church Management Programs respond to the needs of dioceses, schools, hospitals, and nonprofits inspired by the Catholic Faith. Pastors, religious, and lay men and women can pursue a Master of Science in Ecclesial Administration and Management (30 hours), earn a graduate certificate (12 hours), or enroll in specific non-degree courses.

Spirituality of Management

In service of the Church in the United States, the Church Management Programs at the Busch School aim to promote the faith with an ecclesial effort to reform, to aid the poor, and to promote holiness throughout the world.

The program’s faculty is drawn from the Busch School of Business, comprising experts in civil and ecclesial practice. Instruction is supplemented by guest lecturers and seminar-leaders from parishes, schools, seminaries, dioceses, and apostolates. The degree program includes individual courses redesigned to to respond to the 6th edition of the Program of Priestly Formation, approved by the Holy See on June 24, 2022.


Course Number (credit hours): Course Title

EAM 501(3): Introduction to Church Management
EAM 502(2): Administration & Pastoral Ministry
EAM 503(1): Celebration of Rites
EAM 504(2): The Virtues of Priestly Fatherhood
EAM 505(2): Personal Finance
EAM 506(2): Responsible Use of Technology
EAM 510(3): Governance Structure & Canon Law of Temporal Goods
EAM 511(2): Catholic Social Teaching & The Gospel of Work
EAM 512(2): Finance & Asset Management
EAM 513(2): Strategic & Operational Leadership
EAM 514(3): Parish Fundraising, Capital Campaigns & Project Management
EAM 515(3): Communication, Accountability to the Faithful & Crisis Management
EAM 516(3): Pastoral Management & Personnel

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Ecclesial Administration and Management is an one-year online program in management, accounting, finance, planning, decision-making, and the virtues of leadership. The program’s goal is for its graduates to imitate the Master who “came not to be served but to serve” (Mt 20:28) and thereby steward the treasure and talent of God’s creation.”

Graduate Certificate Programs

The Busch Schools Graduate Certificates in Church Management integrate a theological foundation within a spiritual framework and contribute to safe environment policies designed for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults.  With more efficient administration of Catholic organizations and effective, mission-driven cooperation among leaders and employees, the programs will help increase revenue and save money. Most importantly, the Certificates in Church Management will assist the Church in her mission to save souls.


  • Course Descriptions

    Discover the courses designed to offer clergy the skills and formation in the virtues of leadership needed to effectively manage their parish or non-profit.

    Learn More


In the News

Church Management Director, Fr. Bob Gahl, and current students share more about the program with the National Catholic Register.
Learn more

Church Management Course Calendar