Theology and Religious Studies, Certificate of Advanced Studies

The department offers a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in addition to the Master of Arts degree. The Certificate program is designed for students who already have acquired a master’s degree in a recognized academic discipline. While in itself this certificate does not guarantee Religion Teacher or Pastoral Ministry Certification in the Diocese of Cleveland, the proper selection of courses within the program may lead to such certification.

CAS Admission Requirements

Applicants to the CAS Program are required to submit the following:

  • Evidence of achievement of a master’s degree in a recognized academic discipline.
  • Evidence of completion of 18 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate work in religious studies, theology, or their equivalent.
  • Official transcripts of all university-level studies.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant’s academic qualifications. If appropriate, one letter can be from someone familiar with the applicant’s professional work.
  • A 500-word statement indicating the applicant’s aims and goals for pursuing the certificate program.

CAS Program Requirements

To attain the Certificate of Advanced Studies a student must complete 18 graduate credits in Theology and/or Religious Studies beyond the master’s degree. Specific courses and requirements will be determined according to the individual student’s needs and interests in consultation with the student’s academic advisor, and with the approval of the chair of the department. Ordinarily the program will include at least one course in each of the following areas: Scripture, Historical Theology, Systematic Theology, Religious Ethics, and World Religions. Students who already have graduate-level experience in a specific subject need not fulfill further requirements in that area. For the Certificate, no transfer credits are allowed.