The Master of Arts (Theology) program provides serious study of Sacred Scripture, philosophy, theological concepts, moral principles, the sacramental system, spirituality, and Church history.

The MA program is useful for individuals seeking careers in church work, who are already involved in teaching or religious education, or are preparing for a religious vocation. Many students choose the MA, however, solely to increase their personal knowledge of the Catholic faith and in order to bring that knowledge to their families, careers, and individual lives.

Program Requirements

Program Time Limit: 5 years

Application Process:

  • Submit program application and $25 application fee
  • Send official transcript from issuing undergraduate institution
  • Complete THEO 503: The Catholic Theological Tradition, with a grade of 3.0 or higher

Transfer Credit: Maximum of 6 theology graduate credits, earned within the last 5 years with a grade of 3.0 or higher, may be transferred. Acceptance of transfer credit is at the discretion of the academic dean.

Program Goals

By the end of the MA (Theology) program, a student:

  • Synthesizes the Church’s teaching on divine revelation including Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the magisterium of the Church and how it bears on the Church’s mission of evangelization.
  • Exhibits a mature understanding of the Christian vocation in the world and a capacity to defend the Catholic faith in wider culture.
  • Demonstrates the ability to refer, in careful and appropriate ways, to Scriptural passages related to the fundamental teachings of the Church and in a demonstrated capacity, to apply various approaches to Scriptural interpretation as these have been recommended in the Constitution on Divine Revelation.
  • Engages in critical theological thinking through reflection and analysis of theological and philosophical concepts and texts.
  • Articulates the ethical and moral principles of the Christian life and how they inform the growth of the Christian community.
  • Achieves an understanding of the principles of Scripture, moral theology, and Catholic social teachings and an ability to apply them to contemporary social, cultural, or biomedical issues.

Course Lists

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 551 Theology of the Sacraments 3
THEO 560 Fundamental Moral Theology (8 weeks) 3
THEO 641 Theology of the Church 3
PHIL 508 Philosophy for Theology 3
SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History (8 weeks) 3

Study the sacred texts and their relationship to other disciplines such as archeology, history, theology, and hermeneutics. This concentration emphasizes both an accurate reading of texts based on the best scholarship and the Bible’s position as a living document in the Catholic tradition. 6 of the 12 concentration credits must be in scripture, and enrollment in THEO 697 Thesis Direction is required.

 

Course Number Course Title Credits
CHIST 514 Church History, Part I: Early Christians to Middle Ages (8 weeks) 3
CHIST 524 Church History, Part II: Renaissance to Modern Church (8 weeks) 3
CHIST 544 History of the Catholic Church in America (8 weeks) 3
GREEK 501 Biblical Greek I 3
GREEK 502 Biblical Greek II 3
LATIN 501 Latin I 3
LATIN 502 Latin II 3
SCRPT 515 Biblical Foundations (16 weeks) REQUIRED 3
SCRPT 520 Pentateuch (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 540 Isaiah and the Prophets (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 570 The Letter to the Romans (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 571 The Gospel of St. John (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 576 The Letters of St. Paul 3
SCRPT 662 The Synoptic Gospels 3
SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality (8 weeks) 3
THEO 697 Thesis Direction ($400 tuition) 0

Explore the great figures in the Church’s tradition, from St. Paul to modern philosophers and theologians, with an eye toward a more profound theoretical understanding as well as the application of theological and philosophical truths to some of the urgent ethical and social questions of the modern world. 3 of the 12 concentration credits must be in philosophy, and enrollment in THEO 697 Thesis Direction is required.

 

Course Number Course Title Credits
CHIST 514 Church History, Part I: Early Christians to Middle Ages (8 weeks) 3
CHIST 524 Church History, Part II: Renaissance to Modern Church (8 weeks) 3
GREEK 501 Biblical Greek I 3
GREEK 502 Biblical Greek II 3
LATIN 501 Latin I 3
LATIN 502 Latin II 3
PHIL 534 Philosophy of the Human Person 3
PHIL 648 Phenomenology: Truth of the World 3
SCRPT 515 Biblical Foundations (16 weeks) 3
SCRPT 520 Pentateuch (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 540 Isaiah and the Prophets (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 570 The Letter to the Romans (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 571 The Gospel of St. John (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 576 The Letters of St. Paul 3
SCRPT 662 The Synoptic Gospels 3
SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality (8 weeks) 3
THEO 584 The Modern Crisis of Values and the Catholic Mind 3
THEO 618 Introduction to St Thomas Aquinas 3
THEO 640 Presenting the Faith in the Modern World: Dealing with Hard Questions (8 weeks) 3
THEO 682 Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings (8 weeks) REQUIRED 3
THEO 697 Thesis Direction ($400 tuition) 0

Deacons, catechetical leaders, Catholic school principals and teachers, music and liturgy directors, pastoral associates, and those involved in social outreach programs will find this a rich and beneficial concentration in both theoretical and practical terms. Students will work closely with a faculty advisor to make sure their studies correspond to their personal and professional goals. Enrollment in THEO 697 Thesis Direction is required.

 

Course Number Course Title Credits
CHIST 514 Church History, Part I: Early Christians to Middle Ages (8 weeks) 3
CHIST 524 Church History, Part II: Renaissance to Modern Church (8 weeks) 3
CHIST 544 History of the Catholic Church in America (8 weeks) 3
GREEK 501 Biblical Greek I 3
GREEK 502 Biblical Greek II 3
LATIN 501 Latin I 3
LATIN 502 Latin II 3
RELED 550 Principles of Ecclesial Service – REQUIRED 3
RELED 560 Principles of Catholic Education (8 weeks) 3
RELED 671 Leadership for Catholic Adult Faith Formation 3
SCRPT 515 Biblical Foundations (16 weeks) 3
SCRPT 520 Pentateuch (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 540 Isaiah and the Prophets (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 570 The Letter to the Romans (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 571 The Gospel of St. John (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 576 The Letters of St. Paul 3
SCRPT 662 The Synoptic Gospels 3
SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality (8 weeks) 3
THEO 640 Presenting the Faith in the Modern World: Dealing with Hard Questions (8 weeks) 3
THEO 682 Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings (8 weeks) 3
THEO 697 Thesis Direction ($400 tuition) 0

Become more familiar with the Church’s great tradition and understand how the products of the religious imagination are connected with the great truths of the Faith over the various historical periods in which the Church has added to this proud heritage. 6 of the 12 concentration credits must be in scripture, and enrollment in THEO 697 Thesis Direction is required.

 

Course Number Course Title Credits
CHIST 514 Church History, Part I: Early Christians to Middle Ages (8 weeks) 3
CHIST 524 Church History, Part II: Renaissance to Modern Church (8 weeks) 3
CHIST 544 History of the Catholic Church in America (8 weeks) 3
GREEK 501 Biblical Greek I 3
GREEK 502 Biblical Greek II 3
LATIN 501 Latin I 3
LATIN 502 Latin II 3
PHIL 534 Philosophy of the Human Person 3
SCRPT 515 Biblical Foundations (16 weeks) 3
SCRPT 520 Pentateuch (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 540 Isaiah and the Prophets- (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 570 The Letter to the Romans (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 571 The Gospel of St. John (8 weeks) 3
SCRPT 576 The Letters of St. Paul 3
SCRPT 662 The Synoptic Gospels 3
SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality (8 weeks) 3
THEO 584 The Modern Crisis of Values and the Catholic Mind 3
THEO 640 Presenting the Faith in the Modern World: Dealing with Hard Questions 3
THEO 682 Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings (8 weeks) 3
THEO 697 Thesis Direction ($400)

THE CDU ADVANTAGE

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 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 and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System.