Courses & Degrees


Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) – University of Dayton

The goal of the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) initiative from the University of Dayton is to support the Church’s professional ministry of religious education and faith formation. VLCFF does this by offering online courses and seminars which consist of assigned readings, testing, and discussion boards. As a partner diocese, the AMS can offer those who are in the military and/or are ministering to military Catholic faith communities reduced tuition which will be $50.00 per course and $40.00 per seminar (the non-partner cost would be $105.00/course -$80.00/seminar. ) Find more information on the VLCFF web site about courses and certificate programs.

Catholic Distance University

Catholic Distance University offers a number of graduate courses and undergraduate courses. There are also many 3-week seminars available. The seminars are asynchronus so that students can choose to take them at their own pace, following their own schedule. As a partner with CDU, AMS offers subsidized tuition to those who are in the military and/or are ministering to military Catholic faith communities. Apply the promo code CDU15MILITARY for tuition reduction from $165 to $45 per course/seminar. If you have any questions, please contact Sister Mary Margaret Ann, SND:

CDU Seminars

Continuing education, non-credit seminar courses available from CDU. Titles and dates of seminars available online, Online Apologetics Seminar Package.

  • Why Would a Loving God Allow Evil, Pain, and Suffering from Oct. 12 – Nov. 2, 2020

New – Divine Mercy University: Certificate in Spiritual Direction, 10% discount for members of the AMS

The Spiritual Direction Certificate (SDC) Program is designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and supervision for future spiritual directors. The Program seeks to respond to the ongoing need for the followers of Jesus Christ to assist one another on their path of becoming every day, more faithful disciples of the Lord. Learn more about this program on the DMU website.


Augustine Institute

Study Catholic Theology Online. The Augustine Institute has mastered the art of taking the distance out of distance education. Bringing together compelling education and a community-building experience, the faculty and students come together to encounter Christ Himself in the rich wisdom of the Church. Learn more about degrees, M.A. Theology, M.A. Leadership for the New Evangelization, and courses on the Augustine Institute website.

Catholic Distance University

MA Degree in Theology

The MA program is useful for individuals seeking careers in church work, those involved in teaching or religious education, and those preparing for a religious vocation. Many students choose the MA, however, to gain a systematic understanding of the teachings of the Church to enhance and inform their professional and spiritual lives, their families, and service to the Church and the world. Students can pursue their particular interests through the choice of electives.  Learn more on the CDU website.

MA Degree in Theology and Educational Ministry

Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic Distance University designed a masters degree program for adults balancing family, work, and Church commitments. Rather than a thesis the MA students build a portfolio and reflection paper. The program is designed to prepare you to be a leader in your Catholic faith community or school. Learn to provide sound religious formation for Catholic youth and adults. Find out more by downloading the online guide.

Certificate in Church History

Catholic Distance University announced that it has added a Graduate Certificate in Church History to its online offerings. The certificate consists of 18 credits, 9 required and 9 elective, and provides a broad exposure to the sweep of church history. All credits from the certificate are transferrable to CDU’s Theology MA program should a student decide later that he or she would like to pursue a full degree.

Christendom Graduate School

Students outside the Washington, DC area experience the real-time engagement of live online classes while also having the convenient option of asynchronous courses in Scripture, Moral Theology, Systematic Theology, Philosophy, Church History, Catechetics and more. Christendom’s solid curriculum is distinguished by its fidelity to the Magisterium and its focus on the writings of the greatest Catholic teachers, especially the Church Fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas. The Christendom Graduate School of Theology offers its Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree as well as various certificates and catechist formation programs. Online courses may be taken by non-degree-seeking students, such as those pursuing a certificate, or those taking individual courses casually for credit or by auditing. Learn more on the Christendom Graduate School website.

Divine Mercy University

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is excited to announce its partnership with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). DMU will offer tuition reductions to AMS for its online psychology and counseling online degree programs.

  • Chaplains serving or have served AMS will received a tuition reduction of 50% for any of the DMU online degree programs.
  • Active-duty personnel and their families (non-employee) in good standing will receive a tuition reduction of 25% for any of the DMU online degree programs.
  • Please note that these reductions do not include workshops or programs offered by the trauma center or spiritual direction certificate.

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate institution of higher education offering degree programs in psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the human person, marriage, and the family. The university offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Psychology and Counseling, and a Doctoral (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology. Tuition discounts are available for those in the military.

For additional information on the partnership and how to apply to receive the tuition reduction with Divine Mercy University, contact our Admissions Representatives at 703-416-1441 or You can also request specific degree information through the enrollment office.

The Catholic University of America – Online

Certificate in Christian-Muslim Relations

This Certificate aims to introduce and educate Christians and Muslims about the need and importance of inter-religious dialogue. The Certificate in Christian-Muslim Relations has various learning objectives, including educating students about Catholic and Muslim traditions in light of Christian-Muslim relations (past and present), applying theological and social scientific approaches to religion in the American context through the Catholic intellectual tradition, implementing knowledge and methodological awareness by completion of a final project. The Certificate in Christian-Muslim Relations is open to applicants with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and sufficient knowledge of Christian Theology; requires students to complete 12 credit hours online (4 classes) and a final project related to Christian-Muslim Relations. The program launches in Spring 2015. Read the flier for more information.

Masters Degree in Religious Education

The School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America is rolling out a new and exciting program called the Master of Catechesis (M.Cat.). The M.Cat. is a professional degree geared to prepare students to be practitioners in the field of Catechesis. This degree is specifically geared to the formation and development of men, women, ordained, and lay, to develop the skills and knowledge they need to fill various ministerial roles in the Church today. If you have any questions, please email for more information or call 202-319-5683.

Loyola Institute for Ministry, New Orleans, LA

The College of Social Sciences offers graduate studies and continuing education certificates that may be taken on campus, online, or in extension in learning groups in your location. Learn more about these options by following this link to the Loyola Institute for Ministry website. Loyola Institute for Ministry also offers webinars along with a webinar archive with current topics related to ministry. Learn about their online events by following this link.

Franciscan University of Steubenville Distance Learning

Masters Degree in Theology

The Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Distance Learning Program offers a Masters Degree in Theology through recorded lectures and supplemental materials. Courses are asynchronous, which allows students to complete coursework at their own pace, following their own schedule. Learn about course requirements and apply online.

Felician University, New Jersey

Master of Arts in Religious Education

Felician University offers a completely online graduate programs in Religious Education. Students choose between a Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts, or a Post Master’s Certificate and take one or two courses in each 12-week trimesters. In their commitment to this all-important field, Felician University offers the program at a 50% discount to those that are involved in the ministry of the Church.