MA Catechetics Online | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization

    This program trains Catholics who want to serve the Church and minister to others in the New Evangelization. A fully online program, classes are taught by the same professors who teach here on our campus in Steubenville. This guarantees the same rigorous scholarship, dynamic education, and fidelity to the magisterium for which Franciscan University is known internationally.

    Dynamic Catholicism

    • Immerse yourself in the authentic teachings of the Church.
    • Delve into the beauty of the deposit of faith and study the pedagogy of God as the foundation of catechetical methodology.
    • Learn what it means to do effective catechesis that is scriptural, liturgical, and kerygmatic.
    • Gain the tools necessary to go forth and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in a way that is faithful to the Church and advances the Kingdom of God.
  • Theological Pursuits

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    World-Renowned Theologians and Catechists

    See the full program faculty list.  


    Outstanding job preparation:

    • Director of Religious Education
    • Director of Parish Faith Formation
    • RCIA Director
    • Director or Coordinator of Youth Ministry
    • Catholic School Teacher

    Personal & Spiritual Development

    • Our renowned Catechetics and Theology professors bring a broad experience of transmitting the Gospel through all avenues of ministry, allowing you to:
    • Improve your knowledge of Christ and His Church.
    • Learn new ways to catechize our world that is in great need of Christ’s truth.
    • Gain a strong foundation of theological knowledge, catechetical theory, and practical training.
    • Implement important topics in both Catechetics and Theology into your ministry


    • The program is 100% doable online – NO residency requirement
    • 36 Credit Hours (9 Program Classes and 3 Electives)
    • Classes are asynchronous meaning there are no set times to be “in class” and you can log in whenever it is convenient for you.
    • Classes offered year round with 15 week sessions in the Fall, Spring, and Summer
    • Flexible Scheduling allowing you to complete the program in as little as two years or stretch it out to a maximum of 7 years.
    • Rolling admissions allowing you to start during any term.
    • Small classes never exceeding 20 students fosters great conversation between the professors and the students.

    Notable Franciscan Alumni

    These people know what makes a Franciscan education invaluable. They have either taken classes or graduated from Franciscan University:

    • Hon. Jeff Fortenberry
    • Father Michael Gaitley, MIC
    • Matthew Kelly
    • Chris Stefanick
    • Jason Evert
    • Curtis Martin
    • Jim Beckman
    • Megan Mastroianni
    • Bob Lesnefsky
    • Chris Padgett

    Outstanding Value

    Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine has included Franciscan University as one of its “best values” in private higher education, ranking us among the top 100 private universities in the nation since 2013. We understand that a master’s education constitutes an important financial investment, so we work to ensure that you receive an outstanding return on your investment.

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Steubenville, Ohio 43952

(740) 283-3771


Franciscan University of Steubenville is no ordinary university, and a Franciscan education is no ordinary education. Rather, it's an education as rigorous and demanding as it is faithful--an education that challenges you intellectually, forms you professionally, and feeds you spiritually.


You can help Franciscan lead the way in providing a faithfully Catholic education!