MA in Theology and Educational Ministry

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.

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Program Requirements

  • 36 Credits (33 Core Credits and 3 Elective Credits)
  • One comprehensive exam (COMP 599) to be taken when all coursework is complete.
  • Program Portfolio and Reflection Paper
  • Program Time Limit: 5 years

Application Process:

  • Submit program application and $25 application fee
  • Send an official transcript from an 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.

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Program Goals

By the end of the MA in Theology and Educational Ministry 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 teach and defend the Catholic faith in the wider culture.
  • Teaches the truths of the Catholic faith.
  • Demonstrates the ability to refer, in careful and appropriate ways, to Scriptural passages related to the fundamental teachings of the Church 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrates competence to impart teachings of the Catholic faith.
  • Articulates the ethical and moral principles of the Christian life and how they inform the growth of the Christian community.

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Course List

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

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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Last updated June 19, 2019
This course is Online
Start Date
Aug 26, 2019
Duration
5 years
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Price
450 USD
$450 per credit hour ($1,350 per course)
Deadline
Sep 1, 2019
Fall I: September 1st; Winter I: January 1st; Summer I: May 1st
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Sep 1, 2019
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Fall I: September 1st; Winter I: January 1st; Summer I: May 1st
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