Online Learning at CTU

Study anywhere, anytime with expert faculty

Achieve your full potential in ministry as you join a diverse community of busy professionals exploring theology and ministry online. Whether you want to enhance your skills, start an advanced degree or certificate program, or pursue a deeper understanding of your faith, Catholic Theological Union brings its world-class faculty and theological distinction to you. Degree programs are accredited through the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and taught by CTU professors.

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CTU distance learning opportunities allow students and professors to quickly form an intimate, invigorating, and rich learning community. Online activities, including discussion forums, allow students to share powerful insights from their particular social and ministerial contexts. Once you are accepted as a student, CTU provides a series of free online modules with tutorials and information to set you up for success.

Catholic Theological Union (CTU) has been approved by the state of Illinois to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. As such, CTU agrees to abide by the guidelines established in NC-SARA Policies and Standards. Students enrolled in online or Distance Education courses at CTU have available to them the same complaint and grievance procedures as stated in individual CTU Policies in the CTU Student Handbook. Grievances that apply specifically to the integrity of the online program and courses should initially be reported to the Director of Educational Technology at 773-371-5442 or If an issue cannot be resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student or the Director of Educational Technology may refer such issue to the Vice President and Academic Dean, who may also consult the CTU Executive Committee to seek a resolution.


If CTU is unable to resolve the grievance to the student’s satisfaction, students enrolled from participating SARA states, as indicated by the State Authorization webpage, follow the SARA Complaint Resolution Process. Such students may contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education (the Illinois SARA portal agency) with complaints that were not resolved through the student complaint procedures described above by accessing the IBHE online complaint system.


CTU online students who reside in states outside of SARA (currently only California) contact their own state agencies with complaints that were not resolved through the student complaint procedures detailed above. At any time, students with questions about this complaint resolution process may contact the Director of Educational Technology at 773-371-5442 or




Beginning to study online at CTU is an easy process. We provide you access and step-by-step online videos and tutorials upon enrollment. CTU’s online-certified professors provide personalized support as you move through the course work. In addition, you receive 24/7 online access to all resources, including our world-class theological library.


  • A computer with a high speed internet connection
  • Mozilla Firefox browser
  • Up-to-date anti-virus program
  • Word processing software
  • Media player capability
  • Microphone and headphones
  • Webcam, smartphone or-tablet with video creating and video conference capability

Distance Format Degrees


Continuing Education

CTU offers opportunities throughout the year to deepen knowledge and expand skills through a diverse selection of online courses.