A Life-Changing Education

Doug Spriggs is pursuing his MA in Theology and says he is “loving every little bit of it.” Doug lives with his wife, Lindsey, and children Elijah, Ethan, and Emma in Fayetteville, Ark., where they enjoy the great outdoors.  

“I had looked at many other programs online before deciding upon CDU,” he says. “I had taken other courses from Boston College, and although [they were] good, I just wasn’t satisfied with them.

Their online style was too impersonal for me and classes seemed to be overloaded.  I wanted something more personal and more fulfilling. That’s when I applied to CDU, and it was a great decision.”

What does Doug like best about CDU? “The class sizes are great, the material is orthodox, the professors are accessible, and the learning atmosphere is extremely efficient.  I was unable to find another online school that not only fit my needs but met my needs as well as CDU.” “This has truly enriched who I am as a husband, father, and human being,” Doug adds.

Doug’s studies also helped him make a career switch. After five years of teaching high school English in Wyoming, he began working as a Campus Minister for the University of Arkansas.

“Because of our demographics, our yearning to practice a living faith in the world around us, and our family dynamics, it was necessary to take advantage of an online MA program,” Doug says.  “There is just no other way our family could afford such a high quality education with the traditional [university] model.”

Doug’s motivation for pursuing his MA in Theology has evolved over time. “In the beginning I was pursuing this MA degree for many reasons outside of why I am today: family, faith, pay increase, fun, and love of God to name a few reasons,” he says.  “God changed me through my education here at CDU, and the main reason I am now continuing on with my education at CDU is because it will serve God for me to do so.”  

Doug says his favorite class so far has been Phil 508, Philosophy for Theology. “But all of the classes I have taken have been a great opportunity to learn and grow in the Faith,” he adds.

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