What program is right for me?

Please look over the various programs at CDU. Choose which one works best for you! Our Admissions Director looks forward to answering any of your questions.  Contact Admissions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-888-254-4CDU, ext. 700.

Master of Arts in Theology

  • Provides serious, systematic study of dogmatic, moral, and sacramental theology, Scripture, philosophy, spirituality, and Church history.
  • Provides the solid foundation in Church teaching to qualify individuals to seek professional careers in the Church or to give the necessary tools to those already involved in Church work.
  • Requires an official transcript showing an undergraduate degree earned from an accredited college or university.
  • For those whose native language is not English, requires a minimum TOEFL exam score.

Click here to view MA in Theology program objectives

OSV-CDU MA in Theology for Catholic Educators

The OSV-CDU MA in Theology is a variation of the standard graduate theology degree, specifically tailored to Directors of Religious Education (DREs), secondary school teachers, and catechists. This MA program option requires 36 credits, culminating with a program portfolio and reflection paper.

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Graduate Certificate in Sacred Scripture

  • Offers Sacred Scripture study at the graduate level without the requirements of a full Master’s program.
  • Includes 18 credits, with one required course and choices for electives.
  • Credits earned may be applied toward the CDU Master of Arts Degree in Theology.


Graduate Certificate in Church History

  • Offers Church History study at the graduate level without the requirements of a full Master's program.
  • Includes 18 credits, with 3 required courses and choices for electives.
  • Credits earned may be applied toward the CDU Master of Arts Degree in Theology.

OSV-CDU Certificate for Catholic Educators

  • Offers 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 without the requirements of a full Master's program.
  • Includes 18 credits.
  • Credits earned may be applied toward the CDU Master of Arts Degree in Theology.

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Completion Program for a Bachelor of Arts in Theology

  • Offers students the ability to earn an accredited bachelor's degree after completing a minimum of 80 undergraduate credits from an accredited institution, including general education requirements.
  • Requires successfully completing 40 additional credits in theology to earn an accredited BA degree with a major in theology.
  • Provides a systematic knowledge of the Catholic faith at a collegiate level.
  • Develops competency and confidence in the essential teachings of the Catholic Church using Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the documents of the Magisterium, with a special emphasis on the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Documents of the Second Vatican Council.
  • Requires proof of a high school diploma.
  • For those whose native language is not English, requires a minimum TOEFL exam score.

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Associate of Arts in the Liberal Arts with a concentration in Catholic Studies

  • Emphasizes the Catholic intellectual tradition.
  • Offers a fully online liberal arts program for the professional development of catechists, parents, aspiring Catholic school teachers, those seeking a career in the Catholic Church, and anyone else who may later want a higher degree in the liberal arts.
  • Provides eligibility to earn an online bachelor's degree in theology at CDU.
  • May be applied toward degrees at the following Catholic colleges, enabling the AA graduate to earn a bachelor’s degree in a variety of fields and enjoy a campus experience at a reduced cost of a four-year campus-based education:
    • Mount Saint Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland.
    • Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, North Carolina.

Click here to view AA in Liberal Arts program objectives


Catechetical Diploma

Provides a systematic program of study to become a confident and well-qualified catechist.

  • Awards a recognized ecclesiastical teaching certificate.

Click here to view Catechetical Diploma program objectives


Continuing Education Programs

Offers a carefully-designed curriculum of doctrinal, moral, and spiritual formation
Includes six Non-credit Certificates: 

  • Certificate in Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Basic Certificate in Catechetics
  • Advanced Certificate in Catechetics
  • Basic Certificate in Sacred Scripture
  • Basic Certificate in Church History
  • Basic Certificate in Vatican II

Reduced tuition is available for eligible members of CDU's Group Subsidy Partners.
Provides non-degree courses for adult enrichment and catechist formation.


Remember, if you are still not sure which program best meets your academic and professional goals, please contact Admissions at 888-254-4238 ext. 700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss the available options.



Offers a carefully-designed curriculum of doctrinal, moral, and spiritual formation
Includes six Non-credit Certificate programs:  
Certificate in Catechism of the Catholic Church
Basic Certificate in Catechetics
Advanced Certificate in Catechetics
Basic Certificate in Sacred Scripture
Basic Certificate in Church History
Basic Certificate in Vatican II
Reduced tuition is available for eligible members of CDU's Diocesan Partners who participate in Subsidy Plans.
Provides non-degree courses for adult enrichment and catechist formation.

"Just recently, I was with a mother and religious education coordinator in Germany who has completed her Master's degree with CDU. How could she have studied in a traditional degree program so far from home? Now she is even better prepared to serve Catholic communities in my Archdiocese!"

- Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio
Archbishop for the Military Services