Parish Administration and Management Graduate Certificate

The University of Mary’s Certificate in Parish Administration & Management will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate the many particular challenges of parish operations so that your parish’s focus can remain on the evangelical mission of Christ’s Church.

Parish administration and management present particular challenges for clergy and lay business managers alike — human resources and employment law; managing effective stewardship campaigns; recruiting, training, and leading large numbers of volunteers; running faith formation, outreach, and social programs; and navigating policies and regulations as a religious entity, all in service of bringing Christ’s sacraments to His people and His Gospel to the world. This certificate will equip you with core business practices to effectively run business processes and recruit and retain employees in a parish administration setting.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission.
We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

Growth of the Catholic population in the U.S. over the last 40 years

Program Length

9 credits/3 courses/15 weeks


  • Online

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Parish Priests
  • Parish Administrators
  • Youth Ministers or DREs
  • Other employees working in the Church

Career Paths

  • Parish Administrator
  • Office Manager
  • Diocesan Employee

What You’ll Learn

  • How to manage effective stewardship campaigns — recruiting, training, and leading large numbers of volunteers
  • Critical components of delivering faith formation, outreach, and social programs while navigating policies and regulations as a religious entity
  • Techniques for handling operational tasks focused on accounting and finance
  • Strategies for overseeing business operations in ways that meet parish goals
  • Best practices for streamlining business processes and recurring administrative tasks

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

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For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the certificate program:

  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to

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