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CTU's online learning opportunities afford the flexibility and convenience many need to pursue study in theology and/or ministry today, whether you are currently engaged in full-time ministry, a demanding career, or simply find yourself with a busy schedule.

CTU provides a variety of quality and affordable distance learning options. Online instructors at CTU are certified by the Catholic Distance Learning Network. Furthermore, financial assistance - scholarships, loans, matching grants, etc. - is available to online learners.


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What CTU programs and courses are offered online?

Online Certificates

You can earn the Certificate in Pastoral Studies or the Certificate in Hispanic Theology and Ministry entirely online.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) Degree

Through a combination of online and blended courses you can earn a MAPS professional ministerial degree, with only a 1- to 2-week intensive on campus. Blended courses meet online with an on-site requirement for three Saturdays during a semester or a week of Summer Institute. In addition, degree seekers will participate in the Emmaus Lay Formation Program online and during the summer residential requirement.

Master of Arts in Hispanic Theology and Ministry (MA-HTM) Degree

Now you can also earn an MA-HTM professional degree through online and blended courses, with only a 1- to 2-week intensive on campus. In the same format as the MAPS degree, blended courses meet online with an on-site requirement for three Saturdays during a semester of a week of Summer Institute. Students also participate in the Emmaus Lay Formation Program online and during the summer residential requirement. 

Continuing Education and Professional Development (Online Courses Offered)

With new courses added each year, CTU’s distance education format (online or blended) courses cover a wide range of topics. The following list includes upcoming distance education courses:

  • Ecclesiology and Mariology - Fall 2014
  • Foundations: Religious Experience in Context - Fall 2014
  • Pastoral Ministry in U.S. Hispanic/Latino/a Contexts - Fall 2014
  • A Biblical Approach to Mental Health - Fall 2014, Spring 2015
  • Communication Skills for Ministry: Intercultural Communications - J-term 2015
  • Introduction to the New Testament - Spring 2015
  • History of Religions and Comparative Theology - Spring 2015
  • Spirituality of Religious Life - Spring 2015
  • Latin@ Spirituality and Spanish Mystics - Spring 2015
  • Sacraments I: Initiation and Reconciliation - Spring 2015
  • Communication Skills for Ministry: Digital Media Arts - Spring 2015

How does online learning work at CTU?

CTU's course management system - a D2L platform - provides users with a virtual learning environment. The Union, as it's called at CTU, is the virtual gathering space for online learning and community. For enrolled students, The Union can be accessed online at: (no "www" needed).

CTU's The Union allows users to access documents and materials from instructors, post reading summaries, reactions, and responses in the message boards and forums, upload and submit assignments, message the instructor and classmates, etc.

What technology is needed to learn online at CTU?

Distance learning requires access to a reliable internet connection (preferably high speed) with browser, updated anti-virus and word processing software, media player capability, microphone, and webcam for videoconferencing (recommended, not required). Printer and/or access to print documents optional. Additionally, online learners will be made aware of free downloads (e.g., Adobe Reader) that are helpful to the online learning experience.

Who is a good candidate for online learning?

It could be you! We have found that many of the people who have reservations about their ability to adapt to this style of learning or the quality of the educational experience find the online learning journey to be very manageable technologically and enriching in ways they didn't expect. Please take a moment to view the video posted above to see what some of our recent online learners said about their experience.

Time management, of course, is extremely important for online learners, but also affords individuals great flexibility. Online courses are usually asynchronous (e.g., you can do the work anytime of the day or night). As with on campus learning, of course, courses are not self-paced and there are deadlines.

To learn more about the technical and personal skills required of online learners, one can read about success as an online learner here.

What resources and support are available to online learners at CTU?

CTU recognizes that beginning an online program away from campus may be a new experience. CTU strives to welcome online learners into the learning community by holding virtual orientation sessions, supplying help desk technical assistance, making available best practices resources for online learners (e.g., etiquette and ethics for online learners), setting-up individual online meeting check-ins, providing online library access, resources, and tutorials, and more. If you're a good candidate for online learning and are excited about the content material, you'll have no problem learning online at CTU!

For questions regarding CTU's Online Learning, please contact:

Angela Paviglianiti
Director of Admissions
Tel:  773.371.5450