Admission to the pastoral ministry major requires a personal essay on ministerial experience or aspirations, along with two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s aptitude for ministry.
A minimum of eight courses in the major field must be completed at Dominican.
In consultation with their advisor, students may design specializations either from courses or programs already offered at Dominican University or from other approved programs. For instance, Dominican students may take the Certificate in Youth Ministry, which is offered in partnership with Loyola University of Chicago, to fulfill their specialization in youth ministry.
Possible areas of specialization are care and bereavement, catechesis and evangelization, family ministry, youth ministry, worship and ritual, sacred music, and parish management.