May 22, 2018  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph's College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

Graduate Certificate in Theology

The online Graduate Certificate in Theology enables students who have a bachelor’s degree who are interested in Catholic Theology to obtain a certificate as a stepping stone toward an eventual Master of Arts  in Pastoral Theology. The purpose of the certificate is to develop the student’s understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith, rooted in God’s revelation and embodied in the living tradition of the Church.

The Graduate Certificate in Theology will provide an appropriate advanced credential for someone with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any subject. It can also be a stepping stone toward a Theology Master’s degree, as all credits earned may be applied to the master’s program.

This graduate certificate program will consist of 6 courses (18 credits), 4 required courses and 2 electives.


Applicants are required to have a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited or accepted in the United States, with a cumulative grade point of 3.0 or higher.

Required Courses


Choose any 2 courses from the current graduate theology course offerings.

Summer Program

Students may choose to earn credits during a residential summer session. Course offerings are announced prior to each residency session in a special summer catalog.