A Certificate in Marriage and Family from the University of Mary will empower you to proclaim the truth and significance of the family in your teaching and ministry today.

You will engage the Church’s magisterial tradition on marriage, sex, and family from its roots in Sacred Scripture to St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, while also learning how to apply and proclaim the Church’s teaching to wounded persons and families in our contemporary world. This certificate can be combined with the graduate certificates in Prayer and Spiritual Direction and Sacred Scripture to complete the requirements of the MA in Applied Catholic Theology.

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At a Glance

80%
Of those who worked with a marriage and family counselor saw a positive change in their family life

Program Length

1 semester/9 credits

Format

  • Online with on-campus institute

Tuition per Credit

$560

Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Directors of Religious Education (DREs)
  • Diocesan and Parish Personnel
  • Clergy
  • Volunteers involved in faith formation
  • Counselors and interested individuals seeking the importance and meaning of family in today's world.

Career Paths

  • Theology and Religion Instructor
  • Church Leader
  • Counselor
  • Director of Religious Education
  • Faith Community Leader

What You’ll Learn

  • Apply and proclaim the Church’s teaching to wounded persons and families in our contemporary world.
  • Engage the Church’s magisterial tradition on marriage, sex, and family from its roots in Sacred Scripture to St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Program Details

Course Requirements

Please visit our catalog for a list of all courses and credits.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

  • Online with on-campus institute

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The Good Life: Marriage and Family Flourishing

Discover the tradition of natural law and virtue ethics in order to learn how to think fruitfully about the goods of marriage and their significance: for individual human persons as men and women, for the family, and for human societies.

The Sacramental Life: Marriage

Examine the development of the Church’s teaching on the sacrament of marriage from the witness of Scripture and Tradition through the ages to the late modern period. Special emphasis is given in this course to significant Scriptural texts from Genesis, the Gospels, and the Pauline corpus and their interpretation in the patristic and medieval Church (especially in the writings of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas); ecclesial documents; and the papal magisterium up to the writings of Pope Leo XIII.

Theology of the Body: Marriage and Family in the Modern World

Explore Pope St. John Paul II’s magisterial Theology of the Body in light of its context, origins, delivery, and reception. Counter alternative accounts of the human person and human goods emerging in late modernity and postmodernity which issued forth in the sexual revolution and pays special attention to the context and reception of magisterial documents such as Casti Connubii and Humanae Vitae as well as significant works by Pope St. John Paul II. Furthermore, students will consider the role of the Theology of the Body in evangelism and faith formation.

  • Tuition: $560/credit
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit

FFor a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

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The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the certificate program:

  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu

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