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Flexible and Convenient, Quality and Affordable

CTU's online learning opportunities afford the flexibility and convenience many need to pursue study in theology and/or ministry today, whether you are currently engaged in full-time ministry, a demanding career, or simply find yourself with a busy schedule.

CTU provides a variety of quality and affordable distance learning options. Online instructors at CTU are trained in the design and teaching of blended and online courses.  Furthermore, financial assistance - scholarships, loans, and matching grants are available to online learners.


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What CTU programs and courses are offered online?

Online Certificates

You can earn the Certificate in Pastoral Studies or the Certificate in Hispanic Theology and Ministry entirely online.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) Degree

Through a combination of online and blended courses you can earn a MAPS professional ministerial degree, with only a 1- to 2-week intensive on campus each summer. Blended courses meet online with an on-site requirement for three Saturdays during a semester or a week of Summer Institute. In addition, degree seekers will participate in the Emmaus Lay Formation Program online and during the summer residential requirement.

Master of Arts in Hispanic Theology and Ministry (MA-HTM) Degree

The MA-HTM degree can be obtained almost entirely online, with minimal on-campus requirements that can be fulfilled in intensive formats in summer courses.  Students also participate in the Emmaus Lay Formation Program online and during the summer residential requirement. 

Continuing Education and Professional Development (Online Courses Offered)

With new courses added each year, CTU’s distance education format (online or blended) courses cover a wide range of topics. The following list includes upcoming distance education courses:

  • Introduction to the New Testament - Fall 2016
  • Theology of Interreligious Dialogue - Fall 2016
  • U.S. Latina Feminist Theologies - Fall 2016
  • Christology - Fall 2016
  • Pastoral Ministries in U.S. Hispanic/Latino(a) Contexts - Fall 2016
  • History of Religions and Comparative Theology - Spring 2017
  • Reading the Bible in Espanglish: Latin@ Biblical Interpretation for Ministry - Spring 2017
  • Hope and Solidarity in Global Cinema - Spring 2017
  • Black Spirituality as Source for Ministry - Spring 2017
  • Sacraments I: Initiation and Reconciliation - Spring 2017

Click here to see all courses offered in the academic year 2016-2017.

How does online learning work at CTU?

CTU's course management system - a D2L platform - provides users with a virtual learning environment. D2L is the virtual gathering space for online learning and community. For enrolled students, D2L can be accessed online at: (no "www" needed).

CTU's D2L allows users to access documents and materials from instructors, post reading summaries, reactions, and responses in the message boards and forums, upload and submit assignments, message the instructor and classmates, etc.

What technology is needed to learn online at CTU?

Distance learning requires access to a reliable internet connection (preferably high speed) with browser, updated anti-virus and word processing software, media player capability, microphone, and webcam, smartphone or e-tablet for videoconferencing. Also required is a printer and/or access to print documents. Additionally, online learners will be made aware of free downloads (e.g., Adobe Reader) that are helpful to the online learning experience.

Who is a good candidate for online learning?

It could be you! We have found that many of the people who have reservations about their ability to adapt to this style of learning or the quality of the educational experience find the online learning journey to be very manageable technologically and enriching in ways they didn't expect. Please take a moment to view the video posted above to see what some of our recent online learners said about their experience.

Time management, of course, is extremely important for online learners, but also affords individuals great flexibility. Online courses are usually asynchronous (e.g., you can do the work anytime of the day or night). As with on campus learning, of course, courses are not self-paced, and each week there are deadlines to meet.

Are you ready to become a CTU Distance Learner?

To learn more about the technical and personal skills required of online learners, please click here.

To read about success as an online learner, please click click here.

What resources and support are available to online learners at CTU?

CTU recognizes that beginning an online program away from campus may be a new experience. CTU strives to welcome online learners into the learning community by holding virtual orientation sessions, supplying help desk technical assistance, making available best practices resources for online learners (e.g., etiquette and ethics for online learners), setting-up individual online meeting check-ins, providing online library access, resources, and tutorials, and more. If you're a good candidate for online learning and are excited about the content material, you'll have no problem learning online at CTU!

In addition, all new students have access to an online collection of resources and tutorials on computer skills, research and citation skills, writing skills, and presentation skills. We call this collection, "Essential Skills for Theological Education."

For questions regarding CTU's Online Learning, please contact:

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