Online Learning

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Catholic Theological Union offers several degree and certificate programs that give you the option of completing most of your courses online. Degree programs are accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

Both the Master of Arts degree and certificate programs are available online through Distance Learning (online courses + in-person, week long summer intensives in Chicago) formats for:



Such programs require week-long summer intensives here at CTU in Chicago, where students have a chance to meet together and with the faculty.


You can earn certificates for Pastoral Studies and Hispanic Theology and Ministry mostly online.


Continuing education and residence students are also welcome to take courses online.

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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