Certificates in Theology

These online theology programs are based on the philosophy that effective ministry requires a solid theological foundation, grounded in solid Catholic doctrine, with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation.

The programs serve Catholic deacons and lay ecclesial ministers in their families, parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, work places, retreat/spiritual centers, or social service agencies.


Undergraduate Certificate in Catholic Theology

The online Certificate in Catholic Theology enables students who are interested in Catholic Theology and service to the Church to obtain a college level certificate as a stepping stone toward an eventual Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies.

Graduate Certificate in Catholic Theology

This 18-credit online graduate certificate in theology enables students who have a bachelor’s degree who are interested in Catholic theology to obtain an advanced certificate as a stepping stone toward an eventual Master of Arts in 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 courses can be used toward credit fulfillment of the master of arts degree.

Why study theology online at Saint Joseph's College?

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Some of our faculty

Steven Bridge
Steven BridgeProfessor, Chair of Theology Department
PhD, Marquette University
MA, Marquette University
BA, Hope College
Patricia Sodano Ireland
Patricia Sodano IrelandFaculty, Theology
PhD, Drew University
MPhil, Drew University
MDiv, Andover Newton Theological School
MA, Boston College
BA, Boston College
David Hammond
David HammondFaculty, Theology
PhD, The Catholic University of America
MA, The Catholic University of America
AB, University of Note Dame

Student stories

Catherine Mackey
Catherine Mackey Syracuse, NY
“The professors were second to none. They were professional, brilliant, compassionate, loving. By the end, they were my friends. I could reach out to them at any point. I ended up developing professional, educational, and personal relationships throughout this program.”
Mariann Gilbride
Mariann GilbrideCherry Hill, NJ
“I was told the Moral Theology would be the hardest, but most rewarding course. It was challenging and invigorating. It stretched me to understand what God is asking of us, morally.”

Career moves

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, directors of religious activities and religious education direct and coordinate activities of a denominational group to meet religious needs of participants. These individuals plan, direct, or coordinate church school programs designed to promote religious education among church membership. They may provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, or religious problems. Learn more about what you can do with this major.