Certificate in Marriage and Family
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.
At a Glance
1 semester/9 credits
- Online with on-campus institute
Tuition per Credit
Is This the Program For Me?
Who It’s For
- Directors of Religious Education (DREs)
- Diocesan and Parish Personnel
- Volunteers involved in faith formation
- Counselors and interested individuals seeking the importance and meaning of family in today's world.
- Theology and Religion Instructor
- Church Leader
- 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.
- 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
For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.
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 [email protected]