Online Degree Programs in Catholic Theology

Those looking to study Catholic theology may be interested in enrolling in an online bachelor's or master's degree program in theology. Learn about your online program options, prerequisites, potential topics of study and career options. Schools offering Christian Studies degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Are My Degree Options for Online Catholic Theology Programs?

If you want to earn an online degree specializing in Catholic theology, you can search for bachelor's degree programs in theology or theological studies, or master's degree programs in theology. Online programs specific to Catholic theology are uncommon, but many degree programs in theology are offered by Catholic institutions. If you'd prefer to earn a master's degree on-campus, your options include a Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry and a Master of Arts in Theology with a specialization in Byzantine Catholic theology.

Online Degree OptionsBachelor's and master's degree programs in theology or theological studies are available
Online Program OverviewCoursework, exams and communication with instructors are completed exclusively online, usually through a combination of digital learning platforms and e-mail
General PrerequisitesOnline application for bachelor's applicants; bachelor's degree in a related field of study for master's applicants
Common Topics of StudyPhilosophy, religious texts and documents, pastoral studies, religious ministry
Career OptionsReligious education, religious ministry, deacon

How Do These Online Degree Programs Work?

As an online student, you'll complete coursework at your own pace and in accordance with your own schedule. You can expect to maintain contact with instructors and other students through your school's website, learning platform or e-mail and instant-messaging programs. This contact also facilitates in-depth discussions on Catholic theology, spirituality and philosophical matters related to your study.

Course materials can be downloaded from your school's learning platform or website; these materials typically include lectures in text, audio and video formats. Online schools also provide technical support services to help you utilize these materials.

To guarantee you are receiving an accredited online education, you may want to verify that your online degree program is recognized by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). This commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting body of distance-learning programs.

Are There Any Prerequisites?

Online bachelor's degree programs in theology are usually targeted toward people hoping to get involved with or already working at parishes, hospitals and social service agencies. Prerequisites are minimal for these online programs, generally requiring nothing more than an online application.

For an online master's degree program in theology, you'll need a bachelor's degree, usually in a related field. Some schools specifically prefer students who've completed undergraduate coursework in Catholic studies or philosophy.

What Will I Learn?

The topics you study depend on the online program you choose; however, you can expect to study religious texts, the philosophical constructs of Catholic theology and religious ministry. If you decide to enroll in a program with a specialization in pastoral studies, you'll focus primarily on pastoral ministry. Regardless of whether or not you choose a specialization, you can expect to gain an in-depth knowledge of Catholic beliefs.

What Can I Do with My Online Degree?

An online undergraduate program in theology can be used to prepare you for graduate-level work in theology or a related field. The degree can also act as preparation for deacons and deacon candidates. Master's degree programs in theology prepare you for a career in religious ministry or education. If you're already involved in the Catholic church as a minister or religious instructor, earning your master's degree can broaden your career opportunities, introduce you to other religious belief systems or prepare you for doctoral study.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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