Program Overview

The online degree program for a Masters of Arts in Religious Education (Youth and Young Adult Ministry Concentration) focuses on understanding adolescent and young adult religious, spiritual, moral and psychological development. Students choose from among courses in community, family and religious education; curriculum and religious education; adult learning and development and other areas of religious education and pastoral studies. Students are directed to choose a specific academic path to further prepare them for their desired career such as either religious education/catechesis with youth and young adults in parishes, schools, college and university campuses, and dioceses. 

Regardless of the chosen career path the degree has a few required courses: Pastoral Care with Adolescents, Human Growth & Development, and Youth and Young Adults. Students then pick out 15 credits worth of courses in these five areas: New Testament, Old Testament, Christology, Ecclesiology (or Christian Anthropology) and Liturgy, Sacraments, or Spirituality. The remaining six credits to complete the degree are Religious Education Electives, which are listed in the course catalog. This program is also offered in the distance learning format as well as the traditional classroom venue.

For the online degree requirements students participate in a Discussion Board, conduct research and write papers submitted online. Students in the program progress through the curriculum completing courses online through the Internet on a program called Blackboard.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    Fordham University was founded in 1841 as St. John’s College as the first Catholic institution in the northeastern United States. In 1907 the name was changed to Fordham University. Originally, the college was formed to serve immigrants in New York City and now focuses on exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition. In 2010, The Carnegie Foundation classified Fordham as a high-research doctoral university.

    Fordham offers more than 70 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs for undergraduates, as well as graduate degree programs and continuing education programs.


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