Courses & Degrees


The AMS values partnering with CDU. Congratulations on celebrating 40 years! Learn more about the celebrations.

Catholic Distance University

The AMS partners with Catholic Distance University to provide online faith formation courses for adults to grow in faith and to apply for AMS Catechist Certification (valid for 3 years). Those entrusted with the mission to proclaim and to teach the person of Jesus Christ are required to take at least one course/seminar. E-learning through CDU is asynchronous to allow students to study at their own pace and schedule. As of 7 February 2022, Catholic Distance University (CDU) launched a new, mobile friendly continuing education platform. To access the site and register for courses/seminar go to Be sure to enter the Archdiocesan Access Code CDU15MILITARY for tuition reduction from $89 to $45 for independent study courses and from $99 to $65 for seminar courses.

Certificate in Spiritual Direction, 10% discount for members of the AMS

The Spiritual Direction Certificate (SDC) Program at Catholic Distance University 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.

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

The AMS partners with VLCFF. The goal of VLCFF at 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 with the AMS, VLCFF offers those who are in the military and/or are ministering to military Catholic faith communities reduced tuition: $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.

Introduction to Young Adult Ministry

Catholic Apostolate Center
Introduction to Young Adult Ministry connects ministers, volunteers, and pastoral workers with the basic foundation for healthy and fruitful ministry to and with young adults. The course includes six interactive modules with videos, podcasts, readings, and exercises to provide the essentials of young adult ministry. Topics included in the six modules include the psychological and spiritual landscape of young adults, accompaniment of young adults, and keys to building sustainable young adult ministry. The cost of registration is $10.00, and includes all course access and materials. Register online.

From Practicing Catholics to Apostles on Mission

Catholic Apostolate Center
From Practicing Catholics to Apostles on Mission is a formation program created by the Catholic Apostolate Center that will form Catholics in pastoral and theological training in order to answer the call to be missionary disciples in the work of the New Evangelization. From the liturgy and sacraments to vocational discernment and parish ministry, Apostles on Mission equips Catholics with the tools to go deeper in their faith and live out their mission within the world today.  The cost of registration is $25.00, and includes all course access and materials. Register online.


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.

Catholic Distance University

This MA program is designed for individuals seeking careers in church work, those involved in teaching or religious education, and those preparing for a religious vocation. Students can pursue their particular interests through the choice of electives.

Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic Distance University designed this 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.

Catholic Distance University certificate programs consists of 18 credits. 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.

La Catholic Distance University ofrece un Asociado en Teología con especialidad en Doctrina Social de la Iglesia completamente en español y en línea. Visite la página web de CDU para información detallada e inscribirse.

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The Catholic University of America – Online and On Campus

The School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America Masters in Catechesis, M.Cat. is a professional degree that forms men and women to be catechists who are missionary disciples of Jesus. The educational experience provides a broad background and interdisciplinary approach, drawing on theology, liturgical catechesis, scripture, spirituality, history, and psychology within the context of contemporary culture, and is designed for adults who intend to or are currently serving in the Church. Request information online or call The School of Theology and Religious Studies at 202-319-5682.

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.

Christendom Graduate School of Theology

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.

Divine Mercy University

Divine Mercy University (DMU) announced its partnership with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in February 2020. DMU offers 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.

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

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 may also request specific degree information through the enrollment office.

Loyola Institute for Ministry, New Orleans, LA

The College of Social Sciences offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and continuing education certificates that may be taken on campus, online, or through extension learning groups in your location. Learn more about these options:

Franciscan University of Steubenville Distance Learning

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 the online application process.

Felician University, New Jersey

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.

Aquinas Institute of Theology

The D.Min. in Preaching is offered in a hybrid style of learning which combines online dialogue with an intensive Monday to Friday mid–course, on–campus seminar in St. Louis. Full-time ministry becomes the peer–learning context for doctoral study, and students are asked to give about one day per week to their studies. The program can be completed in four to six years.