Religious Cohort Program

Saint John's is pleased to offer religious the opportunity to simultaneously earn a Master of Arts in Theology and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction.  The program requirements can be met with a combination of online and on campus coursework. Religious may also earn a certificate in Scripture or Liturgy or they may register for the courses for personal and professional enrichment.

Program advantages

  • Fosters interaction among members of religious communities
  • Broadens opportunities for religious in formation and continuing education programs
  • Requires minimal time away from home and community

Program Requirements

Certificate in Spiritual Direction

  1 credit Practice of Discernment in Prayer (offered fall, spring and summer)
  9 credits Theology - 3 credits each in Scripture, Spirituality, and Prayer (online or on campus)
  3 credits Ministry offered in summer sessions at Saint John's
  6 credits Spiritual Direction Courses - rotated in summer sessions at Saint John's
  3 credits Supervised Practicum in Spiritual Direction (Sep-Apr) between Summers II and III
22 credits total

Master of Theological Studies with  Concentrations in Scripture, Liturgy, or Monastic Studies

  6 credits Introduction to Christian Tradition I and II
  3 credits Doctrine or Moral Theology
  3 credits Scripture
  12 credits Major Concentration
  6 credits Minor Concentration
  6 credits Electives
  6 credits Comprehensives
42 credits total

Graduate Certificate in Liturgy, Scripture, or Monastic Studies

  9 credits in focus area
  9 credits in areas of interest
18 total

Tuition and Fees

$390 per credit (2015-16 rate) Special rate for members of Religious Communities
(The regular degree-seeking rate in 2015-16 is $860 per credit)

  • Religious may register for more than one course per term at the lower tuition rate.
  • Registrants are encouraged to enroll in consecutive terms to complete a program of study in a timely manner.
  • Religious, not in a degree or certificate program, may register for courses for personal enrichment at the lower tuition rate.

For more information, contact: Andy Dirksen, Director of Graduate Admissions, at [email protected] ; or call at 320-363-2964 .