Education Program

A fully-accredited Seminary is great, for those who need it, and can afford it. Many CUA clergy have attended a traditional seminary. If you want a paid career in chaplaincy or academia, you need to graduate from a fully-accredited seminary. We would love to help you through the CUA ordination process, while you attend a fully-accredited seminary!

But what about the rest of us?

The CUA offers a graduate level education program, designed to expose you to every area of a traditional seminary education—except Greek & Hebrew. It satisfies the educational requirement for CUA ordination (and has been accepted elsewhere too).  It can be completed in less time than a traditional three-year M.Div program, because some of the areas of study don’t dig quite as deep; but the breadth of material covered, and the academic challenge is the same.  It’s serious studying: Thousands of pages of reading, and hundreds of pages of writing. You’ll compare and contrast differing interpretations, agree and disagree with famous scholars, intern with local mentors, and graduate confident in your academic experience.

As our program is graduate level, we assume you’re coming to us after earning a four-year, baccalaureate degree–though that is not required.   The program is broken-up into two sets, or difficulty-levels, of courses.  The first set includes everything that any serious CU scholar should know.  The second set is, primarily, for those who are seeking ordination through the CUA. The second set builds-on what you learned in the first set; and you will choose a  concentration in either congregational ministry, or chaplaincy.  Your exact course requirements will vary, but this page will give you a good idea what to expect:

Christian Universalist Scholar – the starter set:

  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Living the Gospel
  • Church History (emphasis on Universalism)
  • Universalist Apologetics (first half)
  • Synthesis of Scripture (first half)

The Ministry Series – second set of courses

  • Comparative Theology (where you can select from a wide range of Christian interpretations)
  • Pastoral Ethics
  • Universalist Apologetics (second half)
  • Synthesis of Scripture (second half)
  • Eschatology (comparative)
  • There are also some optional electives
only Congregational Ministry students must add the following:
  • Leadership & Polity
  • Homiletics & Worship

Congregational Ministry students can complete all their coursework through the CUA; and will arrange a local internship, in coordination with us.

only Chaplaincy Ministry students must add the following:
  • At least one CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) unit, or its equivalent; accredited by organizations such as:
    * The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
    * The College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy
    * or other organizations as may be available in your area, and approved by the CUA.
    Please note that we don’t provide CPE, you take that locally, pay for it directly, then transfer it into your CUA program.

For chaplaincy, your CPE evaluations cover your internship.


Tuition, scholarships, transfers etc.

Total cost, for both sets of courses is less than a fourth the cost of traditional seminary; or about $3,000 – $5,000 USD,  depending on transfer credits, elective courses, CPE, etc.    We do adjust tuition for students from parts of the globe where such tuition would be unreasonable.

All students receive credit for classes taken elsewhere, from any recognized institution. Testing-out of some classes is also permitted. We know there are some great Theological schools that are not accredited (after all, our internal program is not accredited), so lack of accreditation is not a cause for concern. Those with years of ministry experience will also receive advanced standing.

Contact us to schedule a conversation about your education, or ordination!