AA Theology Online Program Overview

The First Step to Your Future

A Degree With Purpose

  • Do you want to grow in your understanding of the Catholic faith?
  • Do you want to ask big questions about good and evil, right and wrong, God and man?
  • Do you want to find new ways to serve God in the Church and transform our culture?

Then an Associate of Arts in Theology from Franciscan University Online is for you.

For decades, Franciscan University has been welcoming students from around the world to its campus in Steubenville, Ohio, offering them an academically rich education and life-changing personal formation.

Now, with the Online Associate of Arts in Theology degree, we’re bringing that same Franciscan education and formation, with the same world-class professors, to you, wherever God has you.

Whether you’re a high school student wanting to get a head start on college, a high school graduate working toward coming to campus, a parent wanting to learn more so you can hand the faith on to your children, or a retiree interested in delving deeper into your faith, Franciscan Online puts an AA degree within your reach.

An AA in Theology from Franciscan University is:


The AA in Theology Program is fully online. That means you can complete all 60 credit hours on your own schedule and from your own home. Classes are offered in the spring, summer, and fall, with the option of taking classes one-by-one, or up to five at a time.


At just $600 per credit hour, tuition is affordably priced, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.


Whether you choose to take just one course through the online AA program or to complete the entire degree, all credits earned through Franciscan University Online are 100 percent transferable to our on-campus programs. Which means the work you put into an associate degree from Franciscan University Online today is guaranteed to count toward a bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University tomorrow.


In the fields of catechesis, evangelization, youth and young adult ministry, adult faith formation, and Catholic education, there is no degree more respected than a degree in theology from Franciscan University. Across the country and around the world, our alumni are leading the new evangelization, carrying out Christ’s instructions to make disciples of all nations. This is because our professors help students do more than just know the faith; they also help them to live the faith. We form teachers, but we also form witnesses, transforming minds and hearts with the fullness of the Catholic faith.

Where Do You Want to Go?

An AA in Theology is a springboard to a lifetime of fulfilling work. Whether you continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree in theology or choose to major in another subject such as English, business, or political science, beginning your studies with a concentration in theology will prepare you for a meaningful career and a meaningful life.

Here are just a few of the fields that welcome people with academic training in theology.

  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Youth Ministry
  • Music Ministry
  • Parish and Diocesan Administration
  • Publishing
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public service
Program Admissions

There are three pathways to admission:

  1. College Transfer: Complete the application & submit college transcripts if you earned over 24 semester credits.
  2. Traditional Entry: Complete the application and submit High School transcripts with 2.4 GPA or better, as well as submit ACT scores of 21 or SAT scores of 1000 (Critical Reading & Math Only).
  3. Non-Traditional Entry: Complete the application and submit High School transcripts with 2.4 or better. Take two classes online with Franciscan with no option for financial aid, and earn a 2.0 or better. Once completed, full admission is granted and the ACT/SAT is waived.

Associated Costs

The costs associated with AA in Theology program include:

  • $600 per credit hour
Academic Catalog

View the Theology Program on the Undergraduate Catalog

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Beyond the Classroom
The Catechetical Institute

The Franciscan University Catechetical Institute forms Catholics who form others in the faith. Through courses, conferences, advice, and resources, the institute supports clergy, parents, and all those responsible for the work of catechesis and evangelization, as they carry out Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations.

Academic Excellence

Dr. Alan Schreck Theology

Theological Pursuits

Dr. Michael Sirilla MA Theology

Department Faculty
Dr. Donald Asci

Dr. Donald Asci


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Dr. John Bergsma


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Dr. Ron Bolster

Dr. Ron Bolster

Associate Professor

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Fr. Donald Frinsko

Fr. Donald Frinsko, TOR


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Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn


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Dr. Stephen Hildebrand

Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Dr. Andrew Jones

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Regis Martin

Dr. Regis Martin


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Fr Rupert Mayer

Fr. Rupert Mayer, OP

Austria Program

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Dr. Miller

Dr. Kevin Miller

Assistant Professor

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