Certificate in Catholic Studies Program (C.C.S.)

Online Faith Formation Courses and Programs

We offer a comprehensive selection of courses on various aspects of the Catholic faith. All are offered online, so you can study from the comfort of home and work around your personal schedule. Each course runs five weeks. Take an individual course for interest, or work toward one or all of the 22 specialized Certificates in Catholic Studies.

This program is open to adults and youth of all backgrounds and education levels in all countries. 


It is your responsibility to keep track of your progress in the program: Please keep track of the courses you have completed for each certificate, and when you have finished the program, contact Sandra Talarico with your request for your Certificate.


You will receive a grade of "pass", or "fail" for each course.  A pass may only be achieved by successfully completing all 10 reflections assigned in the course.

Transfer Credit

Certificate in Catholic Studies (NTC) Students who have successfully completed 6 courses in the program may be granted 3 transfer credits to an NTC undergraduate program.  Transfer credits can be granted up to a maximum of 9 transfer credits to an NTC undergraduate program for the completion of 18 unique C.C.S. courses.  You will be required to produce the CCS course completion certificates issued to you after each course to the Registrar when asking for transfer credit.

CCS Bursaries

A limited number of bursaries are available for students in need who are enrolled in Newman Theological College’s Certificate in Catholic Studies courses.

Bursaries are awarded (for tuition only) to students in financial need who are taking their first course at Newman Theological College.

Van De Walle-Préfontaine Bursary

Established by the Van De Walle-Préfontaine family in 2004 on the occasion of Ferne (Préfontaine) and Walter’s 50th wedding anniversary. Ferne always encouraged a deeper understanding of one’s faith. Walter touched the lives of many individuals with his public service, which included seven years as a Board Director of the Foundation of Newman Theological College and St. Joseph Seminary.

Field of Study: Student enrolled in a non-degree certificate program or student taking an open studies course or a student auditing a course.

Eligibility: New student.

Value: Amount Varies

Number of Bursaries: Multiple bursaries available.

Tuition only bursaries are also available for new and continuing students in the Northern Dioceses of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, Whitehorse, Churchill- Hudson Bay, Corner Brooke & Labrador, Moosonee & Hearst, Keewatin – Le Pas, Grouard-McLennan.

Basilian Human Development Bursary

Established in 2004 by the Basilian Office for Social Justice for students from Northern Canadian dioceses enrolled in a distance education course at Newman Theological College.

Field of Study: Student enrolled in any distance education course at Newman Theological College.

Eligibility: Full or part-time student living in a Northern Canadian diocese.

Value: Amount varies according number of courses taken and number of eligible applicants.

Number of Bursaries: Multiple bursaries available.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or comments about the program or the registration process please do not hesitate to contact the following: