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Complete Your Masters Degree

in Theology at
Catholic Distance University

100% Faithful, 100% Online

From The Presidents Desk

Dear Prospective CDU Student,

Thank you so much for considering CDU in your educational plans. Our programs integrate inspiring,
Catholic content, always faithful to the Churchs teachings, with state-of-the-art learning management
technologies that enable you to access your education in the comfort of your home or wherever you choose.

CDU has been a pioneer since 1983 using flexible, convenient distance technologies to bring high quality
educational programs to each learner. You will explore the riches of Sacred Scripture, Church documents,
Papal documents, and the wisdom of the saints and Doctors of the Church.

You will never be alone at CDU. Our outstanding faculty and friendly staff will guide you every step of the
way. Every day our students from all over the world experience the communion of the Church by praying for
one another in our online chapel, catching up in the online caf, and sharing their family milestones through
the online photo gallery.

Our online campus, easy-to-navigate learning platform called Canvas, and our carefully chosen faculty
encourage an engaging, dialogic approach to learning that is modeled on the conversational pedagogy of Jesus
Christ in the Gospels. In each of our courses, we emphasize the importance of faculty-guided discussion and
student interaction that research confirms is the best way for adults to learn.

I encourage you to find out more in these pages and on our website, www.cdu.edu, to discover if Catholic
Distance University is the next step for you to further your spiritual and professional goals.

Sincerely in our Lord,

Marianne Evans Mount, Ph.D.


Marianne Evans Mount became president of

Catholic Distance University in 2008.

As an innovative leader in the field of education, Marianne

has received numerous awards and served as a presenter
for a variety of organizations. She received the DETC
Distinguished Service Award in 2005, the Loudoun County
Woman of the Year for Education Award in 2007, Mount
St. Marys Universitys Bicentennial Medal for pioneering
work in Catholic distance education in 2007, and the
Outstanding Graduate Research Award at the 27th Annual
Research to Practice Conference in 2008.
CDU: At A Glance

Founded: 1983 Catholic Distance University

Joy From The Truth, gaudium de veritate.

Educates learners worldwide in theology,

Our Mission: the liberal arts, and faith development
Using distance education, Catholic Distance
University educates learners worldwide in theology,
the liberal arts, and faith development for the growth
of faith and the New Evangelization in accordance
with the teachings of the Catholic Church. For the growth of faith and the New
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by
the renewal of your mind. - St. Paul, Romans 12:2

Accreditation and Recognition:

Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting
Commission (DEAC); authorized by the West
Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and
the West Virginia Community and Technical College
System to operate as a degree-granting institution of
higher education in West Virginia; the State Council
of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) annually
certifies CDU to operate in Virginia as an out-of-state
private, nonprofit, degree-granting institution; CDU
is a recognized member of the Council for Higher
Education; CDU is on the USCCB list of approved
degree-granting institutions of Catholic higher
education in the United States; CDU is listed as a Catholic Distance University is a
recommended college in the Newman Guide.
paradox: it exists in order to eliminate
Academic Programs: distance. Its mission is to reach out to
Master of Arts in Theology; OSV-CDU MA in the ends of the earth with the message
Theology for Catholic Educators; Bachelor of
Arts in Theology completion program; Graduate
of the Gospel so that it can collapse
Certificate in Sacred Scripture; Graduate that distance into encounter.
Certificate in Church History; OSV-CDU
Certificate for Catholic Educators; Associate of - His Excellency, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde,
Arts in the Liberal Arts with a concentration in Chairman of the CDU Board of Trustees
Catholic Studies; Catechetical Diploma.

Average Class Size: 10-20 Students

Meet Our Patron Saints:

St. Paul St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

The first long distance educator, who traveled to many Our own American educator who dedicated her life to
lands and peoples to spread the Good News of Jesus educating others and forming them in the faith.
Why Choose CDU for Your
Masters Degree in Theology?

Our program is nationally accredited by the Distance
Online Learning
Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). CDU is
authorized to operate as a degree-granting institution of Study at a time and place that best fits your
higher education in West Virginia by the West Virginia schedule and lifestyle.
Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia
Community and Technical College System.

Faithful and Systematic

No Residency
Teachings of the Catholic Faith
Our instruction is rooted in Sacred Scripture,
There is never the need to drive to a college the living tradition of the Church, as well as the
campus or meeting place. spiritual heritage of the Fathers and Doctors
of the Church.

Full-time Technical Faith-filled Learning

Help Desk Community
Courses are written and taught by world-
When you need a question answered, or a little
renowned Catholic theologians and scripture
help accessing our services, our staff is ready to
assist you.

One-of-a-kind Academic and Articulation Agreements

Research Skills Online Course With Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC
and Mount St. Marys University in Emmitsburg,
Helping adult learners ease back into the rigors MD allow graduates of CDUs AA degree program
of college work by teaching academic writing, to matriculate and pursue degrees at each of these
time and task management, and university-level institutions.
study skills.
What Youll Gain from a
CDU Education.

After completing a degree at CDU, you will be

prepared to:
Demonstrate knowledge of
Church teaching and the ability
to access, interpret, and apply to
contemporary issues the primary
sources of Catholic thought:
Scripture, Tradition, Vatican II and
other magisterial documents, and
the synthesis of those sources in the
Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Describe key philosophical notions

necessary to the study of theology.

Demonstrate familiarity with how

Catholic thought is applicable to
growth in the spiritual life, including
the examples of the saints.

Summarize and analyze theological

content drawing on the sources of
Catholic theology.

Demonstrate understanding of
Church History and its impact on
Catholic Teaching, the principles of
moral theology and their application,
as well as sacramental theology and
its application to the living tradition
of the Catholic Church.
What Youll Study
at CDU.

Masters in Theology
All students are required to take the following Core Curriculum Classes.

Course Number Course Title Credits

SCRIPT 530 Intro to Scripture and Salvation History 3
THEO 500 Light of Faith: Basics of Catholicism 3
THEO 510 Revelation and Faith: Fundamental Theology 3
THEO 631 Introduction to Christology 3
THEO 641 Theology of the Church 3
THEO 551 Theology of the Sacraments 3
THEO 560 Fundamental Moral Theology 3
PHIL 508 Philosophy for Theology 3
Choose Your Focus

Students will complete 12 credits from one of the following concentrations.

Sacred Scripture Philosophy/Theology

Concentration Concentration
More than a mere book, the Bible is a virtual The Catholic Church possesses a highly
library of texts dating from the earliest recorded sophisticated and elaborate tradition of reflection
history to the century following Christs death. on the relationship between faith and reason. In
Students in this concentration will study the this concentration, students will be able to look
sacred texts and their relationship to other deeply into the great figures in that tradition,
disciplines such as archeology, history, theology, from St. Paul to modern philosophers and
and hermeneutics. This program emphasizes theologians, with an eye towards both a more
both an accurate reading of texts based on the profound theoretical understanding as well as
best scholarship and the Bibles position as a the application of theological and philosophical
living document in the Catholic tradition. truths to some of the urgent ethical and social
questions of the modern world.

Ecclesial Service Catholic Culture

Concentration Concentration
This concentration is designed for people who In music, sculpture and painting, literature,
currently work for or intend to work for the and architecture, the Catholic tradition has
Catholic Church in a professional or volunteer produced some of the worlds greatest works of
capacity. Deacons, catechetical leaders, Catholic art. Students in this concentration will not only
school principals and teachers, music and liturgy become more familiar with the great tradition,
directors, pastoral associates, and those involved they will come to understand how the products
in social outreach programs will find this a of the religious imagination are connected with
rich and beneficial program in both theoretical the great truths of the Faith over the various
and practical terms. Students who choose this historical periods in which the Church has added
concentration will work closely with a faculty to this proud heritage.
advisor to make sure their studies correspond to
their personal and professional goals.
Learn From Our
Dedicated Faculty.

At CDU, youll be taught by accomplished theologians while in the comfort

of your own home.

Dr. Peter Brown Dr. Matthew Bunson

Academic Dean Faculty Chair and Church History Scholar

Dr. Brown received a BA from Yale University in Dr. Bunson received a Doctor of Ministry degree
Mathematics, though the Holy Spirit moved him from the Graduate Theological Foundation, holds a
to a love of the Bible. Later he received an MA in Bachelors degree in History, and holds two Masters
Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville degrees in Theology with specializations in Pastoral
and then a doctorate in Biblical Studies from the Theology and Church History. He is currently
Catholic University of America, specializing in pursuing doctoral studies for a Ph.D. in Church
Biblical languages and New Testament exegesis. Dr. History.
Brown has published book reviews and numerous
articles and has delivered many lectures on Sacred He is a senior fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical
Scripture and Theology both at the popular and Theology, and is the author or co-author of 50 books
scholarly level in both English and Spanish. Dr. including The Encyclopedia of Catholic History.
Brown also maintains a teaching load.
Dr. Bunson has served as a consultant to USA Today
and appears as a frequent guest on many television
stations and radio programs, including MSNBC, Fox
News, CNN, Catholic Answers, Al Kresta, the Son
Rise Morning Show, and Relevant Radio.
Learn From Our
Dedicated Faculty.

Dr. Marcellino DAmbrosio Fr. Bevil Bramwell, OMI

Dr. Marcellino DAmbrosio, also know as Dr. Father Bevil Bramwell received his UEd and BSc
Italy, holds an MA and PhD in Historical Theology from the University of Natal in South Africa; an
from The Catholic University of America and is STB from the Gregorian University in Rome; an STL
know for delivering profound Catholic truths in from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology; and his
understandable and relevant terms. In addition to PhD from Boston College. Father can speak in and/
teaching for CDU, Dr. DAmbrosio is a professor at or read several languages, including French, Italian,
the International Catholic University. Latin, Greek and Afrikaans. His publications include
an undergraduate textbook on the theology of the
Dr. DAmbrosio is the director of Crossroads sacraments, book reviews, and numerous articles
Initiative and has served as a commentator on for technical spiritual journals. Fr. Bramwell has
Fox News Geraldo Rivera At Large and The published Laity: Beautiful, Good and True: Hans Urs von
OReilly Factor. His writing has been published Balthasars Theology of the Laity as well as The World of
by Our Sunday Visitor and Catholic News Services the Sacraments.
syndicated column Faith Alive. Dr. DAmbrosio
is a New York Times best-selling author for his Guide
to the Passion: 100 Questions about the Passion of the
Our Online Classroom.

The digital classroom provides:

The atmosphere of a classroom with
the benefits of online interaction
that include full participation of all

A quick turnaround by your professor

when you have questions.

Delivery of weekly lessons via any

digital device.

CDU hosts courses on an intuitive

A variety of media, including audio, online learning environment
slides, and video. that fosters interactive classes,
facilitating conversations between
A discussion area where students post students and with professors.
questions and responses about the
weeks lecture.
The CDU community was invaluable to me.
Whenever I would get discouraged, I could see
Open access 24/7, which means that that there were many others just like me there
students can study whenever it is trying to balance any number of things in life
most convenient. while at the same time pursuing their degrees.
I found it to be a very loving community of
A preview the weekend before classes
start, to review the syllabus and - Susan Duffy, CDU Alumna
course requirements ahead of time.
Join The CDU Community.

Are you interested in learning more about how

an education at CDU could benefit your career
and spiritual life? Visit www.cdu.edu to learn
more about:

What each of our courses has to offer.

Our knowledgeable and dedicated faculty
and staff.
The quick and easy application process.
Our affordable tuition costs.

We hope youll join us in our mission to spread

the New Evangelization. Well be praying for
your continued discernment!

Do not hesitate to reach

out with any questions.
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