Encounter the Lord and draw near to him by studying Scripture, tradition, doctrine, spirituality, the saints, and more.
Build your knowledge on a solid foundation so that you can understand, live, and share your Catholic faith.
Prepare yourself to lead others to Christ with theological instruction that will serve you both personally and professionally.
Our core Short Courses curriculum is a nine-course, scaled-down version of the curriculum offered at the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology. It focuses on three main areas of study: Scripture, doctrine, and the Christian life. This thorough curriculum will provide you with a systematic overview of Catholic theology.
After completing the nine-course core curriculum, you'll earn a Certificate in Catholic Theology from the Augustine Institute. The certificate is suitable for framing and ideal for professional development, continued education, and resume-building.
Through an ever-expanding catalog and new courses added every month, you will also deepen your knowledge in many other areas, including spirituality, the saints, and more!
Our faculty’s mission at the Augustine Institute is to train leaders for the New Evangelization. They will deepen your intellectual formation so that you can bring the fruits of your studies to the service of the Church. All our professors seek to marry the life of the mind with the life of faith. You will learn from biblical scholars, theologians, and historians, trained not only in their disciplines, but who also have frontline experience in parish life and Catholic education.
"I just wanted to pass on my appreciation for the short courses, which I just finished. They are all excellent—not surprisingly—in content and clarity and are perfectly paced.
I look forward to the upcoming releases. Well done!"
"Professor Klein’s Short Course on God was the equivalent of taking a time machine back to study under the early Church Fathers. Absolutely captivating!
I now have a renewed understanding of Our Lord and the tools I need to answer questions from my peers. I would highly recommend this course to my friends and family."
"True to their mission of evangelization, the Augustine Institute has made it possible for anyone to enjoy the amazing teachers and content that graduate students experience there, but on a smaller scale that will fit into your schedule and daily life.
If you want to grow immensely in your faith, check out the new Short Courses!"
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Yes, courses can be purchased one at a time for $59. Courses can be purchased here.
A monthly subscription gives access to all current and future courses. The monthly subscription can be purchased here.
Yes, you can cancel any time. For subscribers, you can continue to use the courses until the end of your billing period.
Catechists; Catholic teachers; RCIA coordinators; DREs; youth ministers; students of the Catholic faith; clergy and religious; any Catholic who wants to grow in their faith.
Currently you get twelve courses. New courses are added regularly.
In general, one course will be added every month.
We are certain you will be inspired and edified by this course. However, if you are not satisfied with the quality or course content, please contact customer service.
Although they vary slightly, each course includes six to eight lessons. Each lesson consists of the following: thirty minutes of video instruction (total three to four hours of instruction for the whole course); short “office hour” videos with the professor; a quiz; additional resources from modern Catholic sources (such as FORMED), academic sources, and from the rich heritage of the Catholic tradition (such as the writing of the saints). Some courses also include a companion book, which will be free for subscribers for the cost of shipping and handling.
The course will run on any device and any web browser. We do not support Roku or Apple TV.
Absolutely! All aspects of the course are easily self-guided so you can learn any time, any place.
No, although we do have a recommended order for our core courses. See order here.
No. However, if you want to earn any of our theology certificates, you will have to complete certain sets of courses. Our core theology certificate requires completion of the nine core theology courses.
Some professors have recommended resources for deepening your understanding of the topic presented. These readings are completely optional, and the books referenced can be purchased from a book seller like Catholic.market or from their respective publishers.
You can currently earn our core theology certificate by completing the videos and quizzes for our nine core theology courses. The total curriculum will be about thirty-two hours of video content. More certifications in specific areas will be available in 2021. See the curriculum worksheet here.
Yes, we plan to add one course per month. Additional certifications that focus on one area or theological discipline in particular will be coming in 2021 (for example, a certification which focuses specifically on the Bible). Courses, however, will continue to be added monthly whether or not they are part of a certificate program upon their release.
You are under no obligation to complete a certificate or aim for a certificate—if you prefer to take courses at random or for your personal enrichment, please do so!
No. These courses are completely separate from a master’s degree in theology from the Augustine Institute. For comparison: one single graduate course is about forty hours of instruction in addition to preparation and assignments.
If you loved the Short Course program and are interested in pursuing a master’s degree, please reach out to our admissions team (firstname.lastname@example.org) or take a look at our website: https://www.augustineinstitute.org/graduate-school/.