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Master of Arts in Religious Education

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Prepare to become a competent and caring practitioner within the education ministry of the Church. In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, our graduate Religious Education (MARE) program focuses on ministering in today’s world. Our degree and certificate programs seek to make the Word of God, revealed by Jesus, the Christ, expressed through the Catholic Church, dynamic and meaningful to people at every stage of their life.

Tuition Discount

We offer a 50% discount for qualified students in the MARE program who serve in church education ministry, such as parish and diocesan catechetical leaders, pastoral associates, clergy, vowed religious, religious education teachers (K-12), youth ministers, volunteer catechists, RCIA coordinators and other qualified persons. The discount applies to our graduate tuition rate.

Online Learning

Online coursework allows you the flexibility to fit your studies around your work schedule and lifestyle. Our program is taught entirely online by full-time Felician College faculty who hold doctoral degrees in relevant fields, possess the Mandatum, and are trained and certified in online teaching/learning.

We offer Graduate Religious Education in the following programs:

  • Master of Arts in Religious Education – 33 credits
  • Post Master's Certificate in Religious Education – 24 credits
  • Graduate Certificate in Religious Education – 18 credits

Admission & Degree Requirements

Course List and Program Schedule


Felician College is accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association, the National Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership.

What our Students are Saying

" The MARE Program has more than prepared me for the classroom/ministry ... I gained the grace of confidence and a deeper love of our faith that I did not know was possible! The professors made it REAL! Thank you!"  Margaret Kennedy, High School Religion Teacher

"I just found out I was accepted to Creighton University Ed.D. in Leadership Program. Thank you for giving me the foundation and courage to dream big. I am deeply grateful to the entire MARE faculty"  Irene Wunderlich, Catholic School Principal

"MARE definitely rates high for helping me do my job well. It gave me the confidence to try new formation programs with our students and their families – it helped me to feel confident that I really know what I am doing!"  Eva Lyons, Parish Director of Christian Formation

"What I had learned from resources, professors, and my fellow classmates during my years in the program has enabled me to teach with a different perspective and vision that, as the chair of the religion department, has enabled me to refine our program, be more critical of the text we assign, and be open in dialogue with fellow teachers as we respond to the great needs of evangelization in our world and catechesis in our classroom." Br. Richard Contino, OFS

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