Applicants in roles of parish pastoral leadership or teaching positions in catechesis and the new evangelization on the parish or diocesan level, or in parochial schools, and volunteer lay ministers can profit by an in-depth examination of the catechetical, liturgical, and theological teachings of the Church.
This Catholic University of America degree in Catechesis provides a broad background fostering a professional and interdisciplinary approach to catechesis that draws upon theology, scripture, liturgy, spirituality, history of catechetics, and psychology within the context of contemporary culture.
This degree may be earned on campus or through distance learning. The online program requires a three-four day on-campus residency during the summer.
- A bachelor's degree. The academic area retains the right to require additional prerequisite courses that are deemed necessary for the success of applicants in their program of study.
- Six semester hours of graduate level coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 or above taken at another institution are, with the director's approval, applicable toward the master's on-campus degree program. Because of the nature of the online degree program, graduate coursework from another institution is generally not transferred toward the online degree option. Distance learning students are expected to follow the course plan as designed for the online program.
- Two letters of recommendation from persons able to evaluate an applicant's ability to successfully complete graduate studies. One letter of recommendation is to come from a person able to evaluate the applicant’s ability to be a successful pastoral minister.
- Two page double-spaced essay by the applicant articulating his or her call to ministerial leadership in the ministry of catechesis.
- Students for whom English is a second language will be required to show proficiency in oral and written English, usually through the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Program (Online and On-Campus)
- Students must complete 36 credit hours of coursework, including 6 credit hours for an internship.
- Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or above.
- All M.Cat. students participate in an internship, which provides an opportunity for students to work with professionals in their present ministry. The internship earns 6 credit hours. Online students participate in an internship in their local area. On-campus students complete an internship at a parish in the D.C. area.
- As part of the internship, students must design a ministry project after completing 18 credit hours of coursework. After the project design is approved, the student implements it and writes a 20-25 page thesis describing the project, its implementation, and articulating an evaluation of the experience.
- Students will prepare a professional portfolio.
- Online students take a set cycle of ten online courses (30 credit hours).
- On-campus students complete 30 credit hours of coursework on campus that directly relate to the various aspects of Catechesis and are determined in consultation with the director of the program.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
DisciplinesHistory Philosophy & Ethics Religious Studies & Theology View 670 other Masters in Religious Studies & Theology in United States
- Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
- Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
- Demonstrate English language proficiency
- Submit confirmation of financial support
- Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
- Receive your admission packet with visa information
- Secondary School Report
- Official/Attested Copy of Transcripts
International52190 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.
National52190 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26095 USD per semester during 12 months.
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