Executive Master of Arts
in Health Care Mission (EMAHCM)



Transforming Catholic health care with leaders who "get" the mission


36 Hours - Complete in 2 Years - Cohort Learning Format

The EMAHCM degree program is for leaders in health care who feel called to guide their organization in a manner that reflects the healing ministry of Jesus.


"Earning a Master’s in Health Care Mission at Aquinas Institute of Theology provided me with the knowledge and understanding of the important role of laity in Catholic health care today.  Aquinas offered me the opportunity to work with – and learn from – knowledgeable and experienced colleagues representing Catholic health care systems throughout the country."

-  Gabriela Robles, MAHCM (2014)

Executive Director

St. Joseph Community Partner Fund

Irvine, CA


Cohort 12 Begins Fall 2018!

We offer a unique model of formation for persons and institutions. Using an adaptation of Ken Wilber’s Integral Model, our emphasis is on facilitating personal transformation that ultimately fosters institutional transformation on behalf of the Reign of God.

The EMAHCM provides leaders with:

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

The 30 credit hours of EMAHCM coursework are distributed as follows:

Course Title

Credit hours
Practical Theology for Health Ministry Leaders 3
Interpreting Sacred Texts for the Healing Ministry 3
Jesus, the Church, and the Healing Ministry 3
Sacraments for the Healing Ministry 3

Catholic Social Teaching; Foundations & Applications for the Healing Minsty

Health Care Ethics 3
Organizational Ethics 3
Advocacy, Ethics & Public Policy 3
Leadership Competencies for Ministry Leaders 3
Theology of Ministry / Integrative Seminar 3
Leadership & Spiritual Formation 5 units 

For a full description of each course, please click here:

Program Format:

  • Study with a cohort of learners in similar fields from other health systems
  • Internet-based, blended learning model allows you to remain fully employed while undertaking studies
  • Take only one course at a time to keep you work and life balanced and manageable
  • Intensive weekends on campus in St. Louis bring students/faculty/industry leaders together for dialogue, coursework, spiritual and leadership formation, community building
  • Complete the program in 2 years


EMAHCM Degree Outcomes

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. Please complete the application following the directions for EMAHCM on our Admissions  page.

Office of Admissions:



For more information about the Executive MA in Health Care Mission, please contact:

General Inquiries:

Center Co-Directors:

Sr. Colleen Mallon, O.P., Ph.D.:          Dr. Thomas Bushlack, Ph.D.

314.256.8870                                   314.256.8868