The Bachelor of Arts in Theology degree completion program helps students expand their knowledge of the Catholic faith and develop the skills needed to competently explain the essential teachings of the Catholic Church using Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, magisterial documents, and significant texts.

Program Requirements

  • 120 Credits (39 Theology Major Credits, 81 General Education/Elective Credits)
  • Students are required to meet participation requirements in Theological Conversations, a Co-Curricular activity of CDU Student Life. Requirement includes a minimum of three specified posts in the Theological Conversations discussion forum. Specifications are available in the rubric linked to the discussion. This requirement can be met throughout the time a student is completing the program, but must be completed prior to graduation.

Program Time Limit: 6 years

Application Process:

  • Earn a minimum of 18 transferable undergraduate credits before applying. Previous theology credits are not required. Students who have fewer credits are encouraged to either apply to the AA in Liberal Arts program or begin taking undergraduate-level courses prior to formal admission. Contact the Admissions Office for details.
  • Submit program application and $25 application fee.
  • Send official transcripts from undergraduate institutions attended.

Transfer Credit:  A maximum of 81 undergraduate credits from an institution(s) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be transferred to fulfill general education/elective credits. CDU offers courses to help fulfill the general education/elective requirements.

Those who submit official transcripts with credits earned in the past five years must have at least a 2.0 GPA from the most recent accredited issuing institution. If the overall GPA is below a 2.0, the student must successfully complete a first course at CDU with a grade of 2.0 or higher before being accepted into the program and applying for federal financial aid.

Students with official transcripts that are over five years old must successfully complete a first course at CDU with a grade of 2.0 or higher before being accepted into the program and applying for federal financial aid. CDU reserves the right to deny admission to students with more than three transcripts from different institutions.

A maximum combination of up to 30 CLEP, Advanced Placement, DANTES and/or International Baccalaureate credits may be accepted. These credits count against the maximum total number of allowable transfer credits. For more information, see the Credit by Exam Policy.

Transfer of Theology Credit: A maximum of 6 undergraduate theology credits can be transferred in. Transfer credit must have been earned no more than five years prior to transfer and grade must be at least a 3.0 and submitted via an official transcript to be evaluated for transfer. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the academic dean, who determines if transfer credits align with the BA curriculum.


  • Tuition: $915 x 13 courses = $11,895
  • Technology fee: $120/course x 13 courses = $1,560
  • Proctor fee: $25/course x 13 courses = $325
  • Books: $100/course (estimate) x 13 courses = $1,300
  • Total: $15,080, *This total does not include the 27 required General Education courses that may be fulfilled with transfer credit

“I have taken several courses now, and one of the delights that I have discovered is that the same familiar names keep appearing. This is a distinguishing mark that makes this University appealing. Even though I may never see the actual faces, I am developing a circle of classmates that I am progressing through the curriculum with, and it builds a sense of camaraderie and trust.”

Joy Baron, BA in Theology

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Program Goals

By the end of the BA in Theology degree completion program, a student:

  • Analyzes and synthesizes the key concepts and vocabulary of Catholic theology, including Scripture and Tradition, and the documents of the Church.
  • Exhibits an understanding of how Catholic theology informs the Christian vocation in the world to serve the common good.
  • Exhibits a capacity to explain and apply the relationship between faith and reason within upper-level courses and to explain the role of philosophy in the study of theology.
  • Integrates knowledge of Church history and the teachings of Catholic theology to evaluate and respond with clarity to contemporary challenges.
  • Exhibits an ability to engage in online discussion that demonstrates knowledge of the teachings of the Church and how they inform the Christian vocation in the world.
  • Demonstrates a fundamental knowledge of the relationship between the Old and New Testaments in light of Catholic teachings.

Course Lists

CDU generously accepts transfer credits from other institutions accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Most students meet the general education requirements through a combination of transfer credit and by taking courses at CDU.

The general education requirements enhance the study of theology while fulfilling a broad, liberal arts education and stimulate a desire for lifelong learning, wonder, and the courage to live an authentic Christian life in and through specific vocational paths and in our common vocation as human persons.

The requirements reflect an ongoing commitment to academic excellence, the unity of all truth, and the integration of faith and reason. Grounded in the Western intellectual tradition and Ex corde ecclesiae, the curriculum introduces students to the fundamental knowledge, authors, and diverse learning experiences needed to become well-educated Catholics and beacons of light and truth in a rich, diverse global society.

English Language Arts 9 credit hours
Social Sciences
(i.e., history, sociology, economics, political science)
18 credit hours
Natural Sciences
(i.e., biology, chemistry, physics, geology)
6 credit hours
Mathematics/Computer Science 
(i.e., mathematics, statistics, computer usage)
6 credit hours
Classical or Modern Languages 6 credit hours
Humanities and Fine Arts
(i.e., art, music, scripture, theology, ) additional scripture or theology courses not used for the major can be taken through CDU
6 credit hours
Philosophy 12 credit hours
Electives 18 credit hours

To see all of the general education courses offered, please see the General Education Course List.

For a description of each of these courses, please consult the online course catalog.

General education/elective credits must be at the 100 level or higher and one must have received a grade of 2.0 (C) or higher from an accredited institution. Experiential credit cannot be used in place of academic credit.

General education/elective credits may also be fulfilled via the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Subject standardized Testing (DSST).

For descriptions of both required and elective courses, please consult the online course catalog. All courses listed below are 8 weeks long.

Course Number Course Title Credits
SCRPT 210 Reading Scripture Theologically 3
SCRPT 230 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History 3
THEO 204  Foundations of Catholicism 3
THEO 213 God, Man, and the Universe 3
THEO 232 Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior 3
THEO 253 Sacraments: Masterworks of God 3
THEO 268 Principles of Moral Theology 3
THEO 380 Look, Judge, Act: An Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching 3
THEO 343 Vatican II: The Church and Her Liturgy 3

*Students who have already studied Catechism I and II at the AA Level are exempt from taking THEO 204. These students are required to take three additional elective credits.

Theology Electives – 15 credits

Students can fulfill the additional 15 credits of  theology electives by choosing additional CDU courses. Click here to see a full list of undergraduate courses.


In a 2019 survey of CDU graduate students, 100% reported that they had achieved their learning goals.

CDU Offers:

  • Authentic Catholic teaching
  • Flexibility to study where and when you choose
  • The lowest undergraduate tuition of any U.S.-based online university offering Catholic theology
  • A global Catholic community
  • Knowledgeable and accessible faculty
  • Engaging online courses with discussion forums
  • Mobile app for study on the go
  • Online library staffed by a theological librarian
  • 24/7 technical support

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The BA program is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized as a national accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The university is certified as a degree-granting institution by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.