The Catholic University of America Online

Catholic University offers select programs online to benefit those who desire the convenience of online education from a traditional and respected institution. The University’s online programs offer practical, applications-oriented curricula, designed to help students move forward in their professional careers.

Currently, Catholic University offers fully online programs in nursing, social work, and theology, as well as blended online and summer residency programs in theology and canon law.

  • Online Master of Science in Nursing

    The online M.S.N. incorporates core coursework in topics vital to the effective practice of advanced nursing, including theory and applications of the practice, research methods, advanced health assessment, and studies in health care policy. The curriculum incorporates a family nurse practitioner track that offers in-depth studies in an area of advanced practice nursing. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Program’s Family Nurse Practitioner exam.

    *The Catholic University of America is currently not accepting applications for the Online M.S.N. family nurse practitioner program from people residing in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and some counties in Northern Virginia including Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun. The University’s School of Nursing serves those residing in these locations with our campus-based M.S.N. program. This on-site program is tailored to the needs of working nurses, with classes generally scheduled one day per week.

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  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

    This program is offered to help meet the demand for advanced practice nurses with the ability to take a leading role in applying research findings to health care. The program requires a minimum of 34 credits and covers critical thinking skills and advanced topics in health care, with classes in emerging issues in health care, epidemiology and its applications, the principles of evidence-based practice and leadership in the health care field.

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  • Online Ph.D. in Nursing

    This doctoral program is designed to help meet the need for researchers to push nursing science forward, as well as for faculty who can train future generations of nurses. Coursework is research-intensive, focusing on statistics, theory development, qualitative and quantitative methods, and other skills required to function at the highest levels of nursing science and practice. The program consists of 70 hours, 24 of which may transferred from master's level work. Projects include a dissertation exploring an aspect of patient care issues that should match the student’s professional goals and interests, completed with the support and guidance of faculty members.

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  • Online Master of Social Work

    The online Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service helps graduates facilitate social change and gives them the knowledge and skills to work with a wide variety of populations in various human-service settings. This program prepares graduates  to obtain a license in clinical social work practice. An undergraduate degree in social work is not required to apply.

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  • Certificate in Christian-Muslim Relations

    This certificate program is an opportunity to enhance understanding of the relations between two religions that encounter each other in our global society. The relationship and history of these two religions is complex and requires thorough analysis. Almost 50 years since the proclamations of Nostra Aetate, the Roman Catholic Church has turned a page in this history and wants to engage in positive relations with the world of Islam.

    Students will learn about Catholic and Muslim traditions, apply theological and social scientific approaches to religion in the American context through the Catholic intellectual tradition, and implement knowledge and methodological awareness by the completion of a final project.

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  • Master of Catechesis

    The Master of Catechesis, a professional degree concentrating on catechesis and the Catholic tradition, is designed for adults who intend to or who currently serve the Church. Students in roles of parish pastoral leadership or teaching positions in catechesis and volunteer lay ministers can profit by an in-depth examination of the catechetical, liturgical, and theological teachings of the Church. This degree provides a broad background fostering a professional approach to catechesis with an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon theology, scripture, liturgy, spirituality, history of catechetics, and psychology within the context of contemporary culture. The online program requires a one-week on-campus residency during the summer.

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  • Doctor of Ministry in Evangelization

    The Doctor of Ministry in Evangelization is a professional doctorate offering students advanced theological and pastoral formation for competent and effective pastoral ministry. The D.Min. degree program uses a blended learning model over 15 weeks each year for three years. Students take three courses concurrently and participate in a summer two-week on-campus residency.

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  • Doctor of Ministry in Liturgical Catechesis

    The Doctor of Ministry in Liturgical Catechesis is a professional doctorate offering students advanced theological and pastoral formation for competent and effective pastoral ministry. The D.Min. degree program uses a blended learning model over 15 weeks each year for three years. Students take three courses concurrently and participate in a summer two-week on-campus residency.

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  • Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality

    The Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality is a professional doctorate offering students advanced theological and pastoral formation for competent and effective pastoral ministry. The D.Min. degree program uses a blended learning model over 15 weeks each year for three years. Students take three courses concurrently and participate in a summer two-week on-campus residency.

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  • Licentiate in Canon Law

    The purpose of the licentiate program is to help the student become acquainted with the whole corpus of church law, understand it in terms of its theological, philosophical, and historical background, and learn the method and practice of scientific research. The level of research for the licentiate is that expected of professional canonists, specifically the exacting investigation of canonical questions encountered in curial, tribunal, and similar practice, and the articulation of one's findings in written opinions and briefs.

    The summer program requires students to be in residence for the months of June and July for five summers. In addition, students must complete one course online during each of the intervening fall and spring semesters. Necessary accommodations in students’ schedules must be made at home during the fall and spring semesters to view online classes weekly and complete class requirements on time.

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  • Creative Teaching through Drama (Certificate)

    The Creative Teaching through Drama Certificate is for students with Bachelors, or graduate degrees who wish to add value to their degree and increase their credentials; for educators who aim to enhance their teaching credentials; for theatre professionals who want to enrich their pedagogical knowledge; and, for students considering the possibility of a graduate degree. In this 5-course graduate certificate program, develop new approaches for a variety of curriculum topics in K-12 classrooms or other educational settings using Drama as a learning method.

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