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Graduate Degrees

At Saint John's, we understand that God calls each person to serve in a unique way. We offer degrees to students preparing for all kinds of ministry and service to the church, from parish or pastoral ministry to teaching to further academic study.  To help meet the needs of individuals who are not able to come to campus, Saint John's brings people together in innovative learning environments in online coursework. 

Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies immerses students in the wisdom of the theological traditoin. Students gain a solid theological foundation that prepares them for advanced theological study and for teaching and leadership roles in Christian communities.

Master of Divinity - Lay Ministry

The three year Master of Divinity program for lay ministry candidates readies students for church leadership as lay ecclesial ministers. The program guides students through discernment of their call to ministry, their gifts, limitations, and pathway to ministry.

Master of Divinity - Priesthood Studies

The education and formation of priesthood candidates assists them to discern their gifts and to prepare for a ministry of service to their communities and to the people of God as ordained monks.

Master of Arts in Ministry

The Master of Arts in Ministry grounds students in the Catholic theological tradition with an emphasis on the Collegeville Core: scripture, monastic spirituality, and liturgy. Students study systematic, historical, moral, and practical theology in order to learn competent ministry practice.

Students may choose one of five concentrations:

Youth and Family Evangelization Spiritual Direction Pastoral Care Liturgical Leadership Diaconal Ministry

Master of Arts in Liturgical Music

The Master of Arts in Liturgical Music prepares students to serve the church as pastoral leaders in the musical dimensions of worship. The program integrates musical training with academic study of the liturgy and formation in practical aspects of parish musical leadership.

Master of Theology

The Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree is a postgraduate, pre-doctoral program which prepares students for further studies. The program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in a foreign language, thesis research, and writing.