The Catholic University of America


The Master of Science in Ecclesial Administration and Management is a professional degree that prepares clergy for effective and effcient parish and diocesan leadership. The 30-credit Master of Science in Ecclesial Administration and Management (MEAM) degree consists in a one-week on-campus intensive immersion session and the balance of the coursework online. Course content emphasizes various aspects of fundraising, the transparent management of financial resources, the organization and management of employees, and effective communication strategies with the dual aims of promoting faithful stewardship and fostering growth through evangelization.


The program’s goal is to take inspiration from the proven best practices established in the secular business environment and assist the clergy and key figures in parishes, dioceses and religious orders to manage day-to-day administrative responsibilities and to best respond to particular challenges and diffculties that might arise.


  • The transparent management of financial resources
  • The good organization of human resources
  • Effective communication strategies

We offer the tools needed to support those responsible for serving the primary activity of the Church. The program recognizes the “managerial” role of the priest as implicit in his vocational responsibilities and seeks to introduce new approaches and methodologies, new managerial and organizational techniques, for identifying, solving and even preventing crises, as well as reflects on the place of the priest’s managerial responsibilities within his call as to live as shepherd and servant.


MEAM 501: Governance Structures in the Church and Canon Law of Temporal Goods

MEAM 502: Ethics and the Social Teaching of the Church on Business

MEAM 503: Personnel Management and Administration

MEAM 504: Strategic and Operational Leadership

MEAM 505: Transparency and the Spirit of Enterprise

MEAM 506: Ecclesial Budgeting, Accounting and Asset Maintenance

MEAM 507: Financial Reporting, Controlling and Asset Management

MEAM 508: Stewardship: Parish Fundraising, Capital Campaigns and Project Management

MEAM 509: Communication strategies in the Digital Age, Information Technology and Outreach

MEAM 510: Crisis Management and Accountability to the Faithful

Phone: 202-319-6164
Chancellor's Message

“The Master’s Degree in Ecclesial Administration and Management will be a welcome resource to guide pastors and their finance councils through a planning and budgeting cycle with an eye to good consultation, collaboration and communication. Priests will learn how to make pastoral planning, budgeting and financial transparency a regular part of parish life. A parish that institutes a pastoral planning process that enables it to discern how the Lord is calling the parish to serve his people, can better address how to match appropriate resources to its ministries and nurture good stewards. Thus, the parish will be able to offer people a more fervent and vibrant experience of God’s love poured out in his Church.”

– Donald Cardinal Wuerl