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

Program Time Limit: 4 years

Application Process:

  • Earn a minimum of 48 undergraduate credits from another institution before applying.
  • Submit program application and $25 application fee.
  • Send official transcripts from issuing undergraduate institutions.

Transfer Credit: 

A maximum of 60 undergraduate credits from another institution will be accepted to fulfill core requirement credits. (Exceptions to the published transfer policy are made at the discretion of the university.)

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 (2.0 grade or higher) the first course at CDU 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.

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.
  • Exhibits an understanding of the Christian vocation in the world.
  • 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 the basic teachings of Catholic theology, including moral, spiritual, and sacramental theology, and Church history to enable students 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.

Course Lists

The CDU Core is a common general educational experience shared by all undergraduate students at CDU. This core reflects our ongoing commitment to academic excellence, the unity of all truth and the integration of faith and reason. Based on CDU’s mission and the vision of a Catholic university laid out by St. John Paul II in Ex corde ecclesiae, the Core is designed to expose our students to the fundamental knowledge, authors, and diverse learning experiences they need to become well-educated Catholics and lights to the nations.

The CDU Core is grounded in the Western intellectual tradition and Ex corde ecclesiae.  The Core seeks to inspire a love for knowledge that edifies society, transforms culture, and advances the common good.  Besides its theology program, one primary way that CDU expresses its commitment to the idea of Catholic higher education, described in Ex corde, is through its Core. CDU’s Core seeks to stimulate students’ desire for knowledge, their appreciation for the unity of all truth, and courage to live an authentic Christian life, both in their specific vocational paths and in their common vocation as human beings.

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 –must be completed at another institution (i.e., mathematics, statistics, computer usage) 6 credit hours
Classical and Foreign languages
(i.e., modern and/or classical)
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

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

The core requirement 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.

Core requirements 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.

Course Number Course Title Credits
SCRPT 310 Reading Scripture Theologically – 8 weeks 3
SCRPT 330 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History – 8 weeks 3
THEO 304 Foundations of Catholicism* – 8 weeks 3
THEO 313 God, Man and the Universe – 8 weeks 3
THEO 332 Jesus Christ: God, Man, and Savior – 8 weeks 3
THEO 342 The Four Constitutions of Vatican II – 8 weeks 3
THEO 353 Sacraments: Masterworks of God – 8 weeks 3
THEO 468 Principles of Moral Theology – 8 weeks 3

*Students who have already studied Catechism I and II at the AA Level are exempt from taking THEO 304. 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.

Transfer of Theology Credits: 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.


In a 2016 survey of CDU graduate students, 100% reported that they had achieved their learning goals.

CDU Offers:

  • Flexibility to study where and when you choose
  • Authentic Catholic teaching
  • Affordability
  • 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

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 and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.