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

How Are We Saved? will be held from July 15th through August 5th. This seminar presents Catholic Church teaching on why it was necessary for Jesus Christ to suffer and die for us and how we can accept this most precious gift of salvation. Those wishing to enroll should do so at


Catholic Distance University

MA Degree in Theology

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.

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.

Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI

Marian University, a Catholic liberal arts university in Wisconsin, announces a new Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Religious Education. The courses, all of which are to be taken online, include Social Justice EducationReadings in Christian SpiritualitiesLiturgy and Sacraments, and Religious Education Curriculum Planning and Assessment. To receive more information, contact Sr. Cyndi Nienhaus, CSA, Ph.D.

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 suplemental materials. Courses are asynchronus, which allows students to complete coursework at their own pace, following their own schedule. Learn about course requirements and apply online a

Felician University, New Jersey

Master of Arts in Religious Education

Felician University offers 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.