Executive Master of Arts in Health Care Mission (EMAHCM)

Program Overview

Catholic health care in the 21st century needs leaders who understand and embody the deepest meaning of the healing ministry of Jesus – leaders who can ensure the future vitality and integrity of health care as a mission of the Church. The Executive Master of Arts in Health Care Mission (EMAHCM) exists to prepare such leaders for this critical mission. Through 36 credit hours of integrated theological coursework and leadership and spiritual formation, the program prepares future leaders who not only grasp the complexities of health care but also have a sound knowledge of the Church’s theological tradition. Graduates of the program are the transformative leaders who can communicate that tradition and influence the future of faith–based health care.

2019 and 2020 Cohorts

The next MAHCM cohort will begin in June 2019 with the following cohort in June 2020

Inquire or Apply

Click here to apply. Application deadline is March 15, 2020.

Have questions about the program or want to learn more? E-mail the Director of Recruitment and Admissions at or click here to schedule an appointment for a phone or Skype conversation.

Program Details & Length

Designed for working professionals, the online–cohort based approach enables students to remain fully employed while undertaking studies. Students take 10 courses, one at a time, with online study enhanced by six in–person intensives in St. Louis. The intensive experiences bring students in the cohort and faculty together for dialogue and formative community building. The EMAHCM is the only health ministry mission program that combines this theological education with spiritual and leadership formation.

The EMAHCM program is completed in two-and-a-half years. As the program is offered in an online-cohort format, students in the program follow a set schedule of classes with their cohort.

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. 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.

Leadership & Formation Experience

Aquinas’ EMAHCM combines three critical dimensions of ministry formation: theology, spirituality and leadership. Beyond theological competency, this program challenges students to integrate mind, heart and behaviors by offering regular opportunities for integral formation situated in the critical questions facing the healing ministry today.

Who is the Program For?

The EMAHCM program is recommended for those who serve or plan to serve in leadership positions in the field of Catholic health care and desire to guide their organization according to the mission and tradition of the Catholic faith. Applicants for the EMAHCM program must possess some experience in the health care field and must be able to travel to St. Louis for designated intensive study periods approximately two times per year.

The Next Cohort Begins
in June 2019


Career Opportunities

The EMAHCM degree prepares students to better serve in a variety of leadership positions in Catholic health care organizations, including Chief Executive Officers, Vice Presidents for Mission Integration, Directors of Formation, and Managers of Pastoral Care.

Program Content

The 36 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
Catholic Social Teaching: Foundations & Applications for the Healing Ministry 3
Health Care Ethics 3
Organizational Ethics 3
Sacraments for the Healing Ministry 3
Leadership Competencies for Ministry Leaders 3
Advocacy, Ethics & Public Policy 3
Theology of Ministry & Integrative Seminar 4
Spirituality for Ministry Leadership 5 units

Critical Skills for Today’s Health Care Leaders

The EMAHCM program provides health care leaders with the critical skills needed in today’s changing health care environment.

  • 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

Application Requirements & Admission Criteria

Below is a summary of application requirements and admission criteria. For detailed information on these requirements, click here.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Interview
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • $50 application fee

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Experience in Catholic health care

Accreditation Compliance Statement

EMAHCM degree outcomes.

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

Office of Admissions: 314.256.8801 or

Program Director and Maureen McGuire Chair in Mission
Colleen Mallon, O.P.