Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are perfect for those who are prepared to study theology at the graduate level but want the flexibility to focus their studies on an area of interest while keeping their options open.

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. Graduate Certificates provide a deep, focused study of an aspect of theology at the graduate level. Credits earned are transferable to the MA degree program as students may decide later to pursue a full degree.

Anyone with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may enroll in Graduate Certificate programs, and reading and research courses are not required.

Graduate Certificates are offered in the following areas:

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Church History
  • Certificate for Catholic Educators*

*The Our Sunday Visitor Institute has generously provided funding to develop the Graduate Certificate for Catholic Educators.

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Program Requirements

  • Sacred Scripture: 18 credits – 9 core scripture credits, 9 elective scripture credits.
  • Church History: 18 credits – 12 core history credits, 6 elective history credits.
  • Certificate for Catholic Educators: 18 credits
  • Certificate Earned: Graduate Certificate in Sacred Scripture, Graduate Certificate in Church History, or Certificate for Catholic Educators
  • Program Time Limit: Three years

Application Process:

  • Submit a program application and $25 application fee.
  • Send an official transcript from an accredited degree-issuing undergraduate institution.
  • Successfully complete THEO 503: The Catholic Theological Tradition.*

*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.

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Program Goals

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Sacred Scripture should be able to:

  • Demonstrate acquaintance with the full range of Scriptural texts and the relationships among them
  • Exhibit familiarity with ancient and modern interpretive tools and hermeneutical methods
  • Illustrate how scholarship is related to Catholic theological and doctrinal concepts
  • Read and interpret Scriptural texts on their own in light of the best scholarship and Church tradition

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Church History should be able to:

  • Summarize knowledge of major stages in Catholic Church history
  • Identify and analyze at least one major historical event in the Church
  • Apply theological and secular methodologies to Church history and their relationship to one another
  • Interpret trends in ecclesial historiography
  • Develop necessary reading skills to critically engage historical texts in light of the best scholarship and Church tradition.

Students who complete the Certificate for Catholic Educators will be able to:

  • Teach, promote, and defend the Catholic Faith
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Church teaching and the ability to access, interpret, and apply these teachings in various Church and Catholic education settings.

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Course Lists

Sacred Scripture

Core Courses (9 credits required)

  • THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition (8 weeks), 3 Credits
  • SCRPT 515 Biblical Foundations, 3 Credits
  • SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History (8 weeks), 3 Credits

Elective Courses (9 credits required)

  • SCRPT 520 Pentateuch (8 weeks), 3 Credits
  • SCRPT 540 Isaiah and the Prophets, 3 Credits
  • SCRPT 570 The Letter to the Romans (8 weeks), 3 Credits
  • SCRPT 571 The Gospel of St. John (8 weeks), 3 Credits
  • SCRPT 662 The Synoptic Gospels (available in 2020), 3 Credits

Church History

Core Courses (12 credits required)

  • THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition (8 weeks), 3 Credits
  • CHIST 514 Church History I: Early Christians to Middle Ages (8 weeks), 3 Credits
  • CHIST 524 Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church (8 weeks), 3 Credits
  • THEO 631 Introduction to Christology, 3 Credits

Elective Courses (6 credits required)

  • CHIST 544 History of the American Catholic Church (8 weeks), 3 Credits
  • HUM 687 Sacred Architecture, 3 Credits
  • SCRPT 515 Biblical Foundations, 3 Credits
  • SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History (8 weeks), 3 Credits
  • SCRPT 540 Isaiah and the Prophets, 3 Credits

Catholic Educators

The Certificate program offers students an overview of basic Catholic theology, Scripture, Catholic social teaching, along with the feature course, Principles of Catholic Education. Learners selecting this option will have basic coursework to provide sound religious formation for Catholic youth and adults and accurate information to discuss the Faith with who may be seeking a faith life or are otherwise unaffiliated with the Catholic Church.

  • THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition (8 weeks)
  • RELED 560 Principles of Catholic Education (8 weeks)
  • THEO 682 Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings (8 weeks)
  • SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History
  • SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality (8 weeks)
  • THEO 640 Presenting the Faith in the Modern World: Dealing with Hard Questions

The CDU Advantage

In a 2018 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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Program taught in:
  • English

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