Online Theology Degree

Online Bachelor of Arts in Theology Degree

The Online Division offers quality, accredited theological education for those who seek to serve the needs of the Catholic Church and society. The programs lead to effective lay ministers through offering a solid theological foundation in Catholic doctrine with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation. The programs are in keeping with the values of Saint Joseph's College, which are rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ and the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.

This online degree program, rooted in Roman Catholic theology and ministry, serves people involved with parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, retreat/spiritual centers or social service agencies.

Required Credits: 128 (36 in the major)


The online Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Theological Studies prepares students to serve the needs of the Catholic Church and society.

The program, rooted in orthodox Roman Catholic doctrine and life, and fully in accord with the magisteriuim, serves Catholic deacons and lay ecclesial ministers in their families, parishes, diocesan agencies, hospitals, work places, retreat/spiritual centers or social service agencies. The program is based on the philosophy that effective ministry requires a solid theological foundation, grounded in Catholic doctrine, with a deep spiritual and pastoral orientation. The program is also useful for Christians interested in deepening their faith.

The curricular design of the program is in accord with the United States' Catholic Bishops, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry (2005) and the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (2005).


  • Graduates will be prepared for graduate study in theology or pastoral ministry.
  • There is a fast track to the Master of Arts in Theology program.
  • Flexible online format allows you to work at your own pace and schedule
  • Equipping those who serve the Church with an understanding of their faith.
  • Excellent preparation for deacons, deacon candidates, deacon wives, and deacon candidate wives.
  • Assists those interested in, or moving toward, the Catholic Church.
  • No on-campus residency requirement. Optional residential summer sessions allows you to accelerate your degree.
  • Superb faculty, rooted in the Church, will work one-on-one with you to ensure your success.

Admission Requirements

You may apply for and be granted admission status at any time during the year, regardless of program choice.

For undergraduate programs, all applicants must be graduates of an accredited public or private high school must have passed a GED examination or provide proof of completion of a GED equivalent or must have completed a state-approved high school diploma through home schooling. Students must have completed high school with an average grade of ā€œCā€ or better, have a standard 2.0 or better for GED students or show college credit with a cumulative grade point of 2.0 or better for admission to an undergraduate degree program. Students who do not meet the cumulative grade point standard may be conditionally accepted and required to take specific introductory course work and complete it with a grade of 2.0 or better, prior to consideration of formal acceptance.

Continuing Education

Online courses are also available for credit as individual continuing education classes.