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. Graduate certificates are designed to provide a deep, focused study of an aspect of theology at the graduate level. All credits from graduate certificates are transferrable to CDU’s MA degree program should a student decide later that he or she would like to pursue a full degree. Anyone with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution may enroll in CDU’s graduate theology certificate programs.

Certificates do not require graduate reading and research courses.

Graduate Certificates are available in the following areas

  • Sacred Scripture
  • Church History
  • OSV-CDU Certificate for Catholic Educators
  • 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.
    • OSV-CDU Certificate for Catholic Educators: 18 credits
  • Certificate Earned: Graduate Certificate in Sacred Scripture, Graduate Certificate in Church History, or OSV-CDU Certificate for Catholic Educators
  • Program Time Limits: three years to complete these certificates.
  • Application Process: Submit application, $25 application fee, an  official transcript of a Baccalaureate Degree or higher level degree from an appropriately accredited institution.

The Graduate Certificate in Sacred Scripture is intended to provide students with:

  • an acquaintance with the full range of Scriptural texts and the relationships among them
  • a familiarity with ancient and modern interpretive tools and hermeneutical methods
  • an understanding of how scholarship is related to Catholic theological and doctrinal concepts
  • a capacity to read Scriptural texts on their own in light of the best scholarship and Church tradition

The Graduate Certificate in Church history is intended to provide the students with:

  • a knowledge of major stages in Catholic church history
  • an in-depth understanding of at least one major historical event in the Church
  • a familiarity with theological and secular methodologies as they apply to Church history and their relationship to one another
  • an understanding of trends in ecclesial historiography
  • an increased capacity to read historical texts critically in light of the best scholarship and Church tradition.

Students who complete the OSV-CDU Certificate for DREs and Secondary School Religion Teachers program will be able to:

  • Teach, promote and defend the Catholic Faith in both parish and secondary school contexts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Church teaching and the ability to access, interpret, and apply

For descriptions of both required and elective courses, please consult the online course catalog.

CDU reserves the right to substitute suitable comparable courses different from the ones listed for the student to complete the certificate.

 

Core Courses (12 credits required)

Course Number Course Title Credits
CHIST 514 Church History I: Early Christians to Middle Ages 3
CHIST 524 Church History II: Renaissance to Modern Church 3
THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition 3
THEO 631 Introduction to Christology 3


Elective History Courses
(6 credits required)

Course Number Course Title Credits
CHIST 544 History of the American Catholic Church 3
GREEK 501 Greek I 3
GREEK 502 Greek II 3
LATIN 501 Latin I 3
LATIN 502 Latin II 3
PHIL 534 Philosophy of the Human Person 3
SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History 3
SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality 3
THEO 641 Theology of the Church 3
THEO 683 Catholicism in Modern American Culture 3

For descriptions of both required and elective courses, please consult the online course catalog.

CDU reserves the right to substitute suitable comparable courses different from the ones listed for the student to complete the certificate.

Core Courses (9 credits required)

 
Course Number Course Title Credits
THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition 3
SCRPT 515 Biblical Foundation 3
SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History 3

 

Elective Scripture Courses (9 credits required)

 
Course Number Course Title Credits
SCRPT 520 Pentateuch (8 week course) 3
SCRPT 540 Isaiah and the Prophets 3
SCRPT 570 Letter to the Romans 3
SCRPT 571 The Gospel of St. John 3
SCRPT 576 The Letters of St. Paul 3
SCRPT 648 Prophets and Morality 3
SCRPT 662 The Synoptic Gospels 3

OSV-CDUThe OSV-CDU 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.

For descriptions of both required and elective courses, please consult the online course catalog.

 

Course Number Course Title
THEO 503 The Catholic Theological Tradition
RELED 560 Principles of Catholic Education
THEO 682 Forming a Catholic World View: Catholic Social Teachings
SCRPT 530 Introduction to Scripture and Salvation History
SPIR 501 Applied Catholic Spirituality
THEO 640 Explaining and Defending the Faith

"Nothing is more precious than fidelity to Church teaching for all who labor at CDU. That is why they make any sacrifice they can to bestow in its entire depth and order that same faith on all who will embrace it."

-Most Reverend John M. Dougherty, D.D.
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Scranton