Master of Arts in Health Care Mission (MAHCM)

Catholic health care in the 21st century faces a myriad of challenges. Among the most significant is the need for leaders who understand what it means to be part of the healing ministry of the Church – leaders who can work to ensure the vitality and integrity of the ministry into the future. Meeting this challenge requires leaders in Catholic health care who not only grasp the complexities of health care, but also have a sound knowledge of the Catholic theological tradition that grounds the ministry. They must be able to communicate that tradition, as well as to be able to influence the future of faith-based healthcare and the broader systems.

M.A.H.C.M. 2009 Cohort
This M.A.H.C.M. Cohort graduated in May 2013.

The Master of Arts in Health Care Mission exists to prepare current and future leaders for this critical task.

The program offers graduate-level education developing:

  • A strong foundation in the Catholic theological tradition particularly as it relates to the healing ministry of Jesus;
  • The ability to identify and implement organizational activities that sustain and nurture Catholic identity while working to bring about systemic change;
  • The ability to help Catholic health ministry think theologically about its future;
  • The ability to grapple with complex ethical, legal, organizational and policy issues in light of the Catholic theological tradition;
  • The personal and spiritual maturity needed to serve as an effective ministry leader in Catholic health care.

The non-residential, internet-enhanced approach enables students to remain employed for the duration of the program. Periods of online study and conversation are accompanied by “Intensive weekends” in St. Louis midway through each course that bring students and faculty together for dialogue, coursework, attention to spiritual formation, and community building.

M.A.H.C.M. 2015 Cohort Schedule

Here is a full list of the required courses and dates for those in the 2015 M.A.H.C.M.

Program Format

The Master of Arts in Health Care Mission is a cohort model program - participants enroll together and proceed through the entire program as a community. The non-residential program is delivered online, allowing students to remain employed for the duration of the program. Periods of online study and conversation are accompanied by "intensive weekends" in St. Louis midway through each course. These intensives bring students and faculty together for dialogue, coursework, attention to spiritual formation, and community building.

Students complete three courses per calendar year, allowing completion of the degree within 3½ years.

Projected Tuition and Fees for the M.A.H.C.M. Cohort

We recognize that graduate study requires a significant financial commitment, and for your planning, we offer the following schedule of anticipated tuition and fees for each term and for the entire program, as well as information regarding available financial aid.

How Do I Apply?

Applicants must possess at least a bachelor’s degree, some experience in health care, and a desire to advance the ministry of Catholic Health Care.

Complete and submit the Application for Admission to the Master of Arts in Health Care Mission Program  as an email attachment to admissions@ai.edu. Also have the Letter of Recommendation form completed and forwarded to the same e-mail address.

Technology Requirement

Regular access to a high-end multimedia computer and internet access through a dedicated phone line or other high-speed connection is necessary, because the online component of the program is provided via Blackboard’s Course Info software www.blackboard.com. All students must have adequate computer proficiency to participate fully in the online portion of each class.

Aquinas automatically enrolls each student in Fisher’s Net Campus, an online learning community for theology and ministry students. Further information is available at www.fishersnet.net.

Accreditation Compliance Statement

M.A.H.C.M. Degree Outcomes


M.A.H.C.M. program director Sr. Jean deBlois, C.S.J., and Past Aquinas President Fr. David Caron, O.P., with members of the 7th cohort during a course intensive at Aquinas Institute

Miller Analogies Test

All students applying for graduate degree programs at Aquinas Institute of Theology must submit scores of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). You are responsible for scheduling a test date and having an official copy of your scores sent to the Aquinas Institute Registrar. Most major universities offer the Miller Analogies Test. Call (800) 622-3231 to find a testing center near you, or click on the following links for information:

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