Graduate Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate Program is ideal for those who wish to participate in a year of renewal or sabbatical or who find themselves in transition from one form of ministry to another. The certificate recognizes the completion of a cohesive program of graduate level study in consultation with a faculty adviser and is awarded after eighteen graduate credits of coursework with a minimum of nine credits in the focus area. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 (C+ average) is required.

Students in the Graduate Certificate Program apply as non-degree students in one of the following focus areas: Liturgy, Systematic Theology, Church History, Scripture, Spirituality, or Monastic Studies. The planned program of study is approved by the student’s adviser and the Dean or Associate Dean and a copy of the program is placed in the student’s file.

Upon approval of the Dean or Associate Dean, three graduate credits in theology may be transferred from another accredited institution or up to six credits may be transferred from member schools of the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools. Nine credits earned in Web-based classes may be counted toward a graduate certificate. Although no record of the certificate is retained in the Registrar’s office at Saint John’s University, an official transcript of credits earned is available.

A student seeking admission to a degree program during or after completion of a certificate program must fulfill all admission requirements of the degree program. Previous credits earned in the certificate program are applicable to the degree program according to the requirements specified for the degree.

Students initially approved for a degree program who are unable to complete the degree requirements may apply for a Graduate Certificate. Approval is contingent upon the required grade point average and review of a cohesive program of study by the faculty adviser and the Dean or Associate Dean.

For more information, contact our director of admission at 320-363-2896, 800-361-8318, or

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Mary Beth Banken
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