Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I sign up?

    Just visit the course catalog, select subscription, or purchase individually!

  • Can I purchase just one course?

    Yes, courses can be purchased one at a time for $59.

  • Can I buy the courses as a subscription?

    A monthly subscription gives access to all current and future courses.

  • If I subscribe, can I cancel at any time?

    Yes, you can cancel any time. For subscribers, you can continue to use the courses until the end of your billing period.

  • Who are these courses for?

    Catechists, Catholic teachers, RCIA coordinators, DRE’s, youth ministers, students of the Catholic faith, clergy and religious, any Catholic who wants to grow in their faith.

  • How many courses come with the subscription?

    Currently you get 6 courses, with 3 more coming in the next weeks. New courses are added regularly.

  • How often are new courses added?

    In general, one course will be added every month.

  • Is the tuition refundable?

    We're certain you'll be inspired and edified by this course. However, if you're not satisfied with the quality or course content, please contact customer service.

  • What's included in the course?

    Although they vary slightly, each course includes 6-8 lessons. Each lesson consists of: 30 minutes of video instruction (total 3-4 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.

  • What are the technical requirements?

    The course will run on any device and any web browser. We do not support Roku or Apple TV.

  • Can I learn at my own pace?

    Absolutely! All aspects of the course are easily self-guided so you can learn any time, any place.

  • Do I have to take the courses in a certain order?

    No, although we do have a recommended order for our core courses.

  • Do I have to take all the courses?

    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 recommended readings are not included with the course. How do I get them?

    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.

  • How do I earn my certificate?

    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 32 hours of video content. More certifications in specific areas will be available in 2021.

  • Will there be future courses or certificate beyond the current nine courses?

    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.

  • Do I have to do the courses for a certificate, or can I take courses for personal enrichment?

    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!

  • Do these courses count towards a MA degree in Theology at the Augustine Institute?

    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 (admissions@augustineinstitute.org) or take a look at our website: https://www.augustineinstitute.org/graduate-school/