The MA in Theology and Educational Ministry program fully equips educators, directors of religious education, and catechists for their important role of faith formation in parishes and schools.

The program is offered through the Graduate School of Theology, which is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools.

The CDU Graduate School of Theology aims to provide a transformative learning experience in the digital space and to develop leaders for the new evangelization in the 21st century.

Program Requirements

Program Time Limit: 5 years

Application Process:

  • Complete the free online application for admission.
  • Have an official transcript from the accredited institution where you completed your undergraduate degree sent to registrar@cdu.edu.
  • Have someone who is familiar with your academic or professional work submit a letter of recommendation to registrar@cdu.edu.
  • Submit a brief statement of purpose (250 words or less) to registrar@cdu.edu on why you are pursuing online graduate study in theology.

Students will be notified of acceptance via email shortly after all materials have been submitted and reviewed.

Accepted students may begin by taking one of three courses: THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition, THEO 510 Revelation and Faith, or SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History.

Transfer Credit:  A maximum of 6 theology graduate credits earned within the last 5 years with a grade of 3.0 or higher may be transferred if earned from an institution(s) accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or whose courses are endorsed by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of Academic Leadership.

Investment:

    • Tuition: $1,425 x 12 courses = $17,100
    • Technology fee: $150/course x 12 courses = $1,800
    • Comprehensive Exam fee: $150
    • Books: $100/course (estimate) x 12 courses = $1,200
    • Practicum fee: $300
    • Total: $20,550

“My intellectual growth in the field of theology is indisputable after completing this program.  I have also grown from a person who was just interested in the faith into a person who is able to invite and accompany others on their faith journeys to more fully live Christ’s mandate to become missionary disciples. This is mostly due to my spiritual progress.”

Ute Eble, (MA in Theology and Educational Ministry)

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Program Goals

By the end of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Articulate and apply principles of Catholic theology and God’s relationship to the created order to the problem of authentic happiness and the edification of the human community.
  • Demonstrate how the New Testament fulfills the Old Testament with regard to Jesus Christ, the Church as the People of God, and its sacramental life.
  • Faithfully and effectively teach Catholic doctrine, spirituality, and morals, while ministering in pedagogically and culturally diverse contexts.
  • Synthesize the development of the Catholic Church’s understanding of the relationship between Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium, and their significance with respect to historical and contemporary challenges.

Course List

Course Number Course Title Credits
THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition 3
THEO 510 Revelation and Faith: Fundamental Theology 3
THEO 541 Theology of Church 3
THEO 552 Sacraments and Liturgy 3
THEO 560 Fundamental Moral Theology 3
THEO 632 Christology 3
THEO 640 Presenting the Faith in the Modern World: Dealing with the Hard Questions 3
THEO 682 Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings 3
RELED 560 Principles of Catholic Education 3
SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History 3
SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality 3
Elective Students must, in consultation with the program advisor, choose one
additional elective course that relates to their teaching interest.
3
PRACT 697 Practicum 0

Classes are 8 weeks long unless otherwise noted.

THE CDU ADVANTAGE

In a 2022 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

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The MA program is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The university is certified as a degree-granting institution by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

“My intellectual growth in the field of theology is indisputable after completing this program.  I have also grown from a person who was just interested in the faith into a person who is able to invite and accompany others on their faith journeys to more fully live Christ’s mandate to become missionary disciples. This is mostly due to my spiritual progress.”

–Ute Eble, MA in Theology and Educational Ministry