Education Program

We offer two sets, or levels, of courses:

The first set includes everything that any serious CU scholar should know. It includes courses like:

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

The second set is, primarily, for those who are seeking ordination through the CUA. This set builds-on what you learned in the first set. The current choices for concentrations are: congregational ministry, or chaplaincy. Your exact course requirements will vary, but this will give you a good idea what to expect:

Congregational Ministry second set of courses

  • Comparative Theology (where you can select from a wide range of Christian interpretations)
  • Pastoral Ethics, Leadership, & Polity
  • Homiletics & Worship
  • Universalist Apologetics (second half)
  • Synthesis of Scripture (second half)
  • There are also some optional electives

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

Chaplaincy second set of courses

  • At least one CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) unit, or its equivalent; accredited by organizations such as: The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, or the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, or other organizations as may be available in your area, and approved by the CUA.
  • Comparative Theology (where you can select from a wide range of Christian interpretations)
  • Pastoral Ethics
  • Universalist Apologetics (second half)
  • Synthesis of Scripture (second half)
  • There are also some optional electives

For chaplaincy, your CPE evaluations cover your internship.


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 out there 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.

Who should not attend the CUA education program:

There are ministry areas for which our “Lightweight M.Div.” simply won’t suffice. The following areas generally require fully-accredited, usually brick & mortar degrees:

  • Military Chaplain
  • Hospital Chaplain in larger cities
  • Counseling other than free Pastoral counseling in your church office.

If this is where your calling lies, you will likely need a traditional fully-accredited Masters degree, plus CUA ordination.

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