The University of Mary’s certificate in Sacred Scripture will provide you with deep knowledge of Scripture’s story of salvation history and its interpretation according to the Church’s historic tradition.

From apostolic times to today, the Church has cherished and venerated Sacred Scripture. Yet in our age of distraction, many lack knowledge of its content and ways of interpretation and application. In this certificate program, you will learn the story of salvation history that the Bible tells and how to interpret it in accord with the Church’s teaching as you discern its letter and its spirit by employing the historical significance. Moreover, you will be enriched in your own Scriptural prayer and devotion as well as in your abilities in communicating its glories and depths to others in evangelism and catechesis. This certificate can be combined with the certificates in Marriage and Family and Prayer and Spiritual Direction to complete the requirements of the MA in Applied Catholic Theology.

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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!

At a Glance

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Program Length

1 semester/9 credits


  • Online with on-campus institute

Tuition per Credit


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
  • Individuals interested in the salvation story, history, and interpretation of Sacred Scripture.

Career Paths

  • Theology and Religion Instructor
  • Church Leader
  • Missionary Work
  • Director of Religious Education

What You’ll Learn

  • How to understand and encounter God's word in the inspired Scriptures

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 Mystery of the Sacred Page

Address the philosophy and fundamental theology requisite for the proper and fruitful interpretation of Sacred Scripture with a view towards making true and faithful judgments regarding its content, as formed by the life and teaching authority of the Catholic Church.

The Mystery of Israel: The Old Testament

Interpret the story of the Old Testament according to its letter and Christian spirit, focusing on the various sections of the Scriptures of Israel, its reception and interpretation by Jesus and the Church, and the divine pedagogy that leads to mystagogy and the Scriptures’ fulfillment in Christ.

The Mystery of Jesus and the Church

Explore the Gospels, Acts, and the Pauline corpus in depth, as well as Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles, and Revelation, in order to illuminate and deepen comprehension of the content of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teaching of His Church.

  • Tuition: $570/credit
  • Technology fee: $43 per credit

For 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

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