The Catholic University of America

  Master of Catechesis - On Campus

Overview of Program Requirements

The Master of Catechesis degree (MCat) on campus program is conducted directly at the School of Theology and Religious Studies. The total cumulative course work required is equivalent to 30 credit hours.

Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)

  • Personality and Religious Development
  • Foundations in Catechetics
  • Liturgical Catechesis

Elective Courses (21 Credit Hours)

    In addition to the three required courses, students choose additional courses from the following academic areas:

    • Scripture (6 credit hours)
    • Moral Theology (3 credit hours)
    • Liturgy (6 credit hours)
    • Electives (6 credit hours)
    • Proseminar for Master Students (non-credit)

Internship (6 Credit Hours)

All MCat students participate in an internship, which provides an opportunity for students to work with professionals in the field from the Archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore, and the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia. 

Students earn 6 credit hours for this internship.

Possible internship experiences:

  • Parish ministry
  • Teaching ministry (in a parochial Elementary or High School)
  • Catechetical ministry
  • Liturgical ministry


    • Courses will generally take place on campus.
    • Internship will take place at a parish in the District of Columbia metropolitan region
    • Students in the program will have opportunities for socials, lectures, and liturgical prayer

Duration of the Program

  • A minimum of two academic years
  • All degree requirements must be completed within ten years.


Have questions? Call 202-319-5700 for more information.

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