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 has been named a Candidate for Accreditation 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:

  • Submit program application and $25 application fee
  • Send official transcript from accredited degree-issuing undergraduate institution
  • Complete THEO 503: The Catholic Theological Tradition, with a grade of 3.0 or higher*
    * Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the dean. Students who earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher as a non-matriculated graduate student may be considered for admission.

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. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the academic dean.

Program Cost:

    • Tuition: $1350 x 12 courses = $16,200
    • Technology fee: $120/course x 12 courses = $1440
    • Proctor fee: $25/course x 12 courses = $300
    • Comprehensive Exam fee: $150
    • Books: $100/course (estimate) x 12 courses = $1,200
    • Practicum fee: $300
    • Total: $19,590

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Program Goals

By the end of the MA in Theology and Educational Ministry program, a student should be able to:

  • Defend God’s existence, define His relationship to the created order, and explicate His Triune Nature.
  • 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.
  • Synthesize the Catholic Church’s understanding of the nature of Divine Revelation, demonstrating the relationship between Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the magisterium.
  • Apply principles of Catholic moral and social teaching to the problem of authentic happiness of the human person and communicate these principles for the edification of the greater human community.
  • Model competence in teaching and ministering to the Catholic faith and morals in culturally diverse contexts.
  • Understand various spiritual disciplines and traditions in the Church and apply discernment techniques and theological reflection for pastoral formation.

Course List

Course Number Course Title Credits
THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition (8 weeks) 3
THEO 510 Revelation and Faith: Fundamental Theology (8 weeks) 3
THEO 631 Introduction to Christology 3
THEO 641 Theology of the Church 3
THEO 551 Theology of the Sacraments 3
THEO 560 Fundamental Moral Theology (8 weeks) 3
RELED 560 Principles of Catholic Education (8 weeks) 3
THEO 682 Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History (8 weeks) 3
SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality (8 weeks) 3
THEO 640 Presenting the Faith in the Modern World: Dealing with Hard Questions 3
Elective Students must, in consultation with the program advisor, choose one
additional elective course that relates to their teaching interest.


In a 2019 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 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.