A degree program meets the needs of most students interested in graduate theological and ministerial studies. For students, professionals, and ministers seeking enrichment through education and formation, Saint John’s offers a variety of non-degree study options. Students who begin their studies as a non-degree student may apply up to nine credits to a degree program upon admission to Saint John’s.

Certificate in Spiritual Direction

A program of twelve credits in core theology and ten credits in the art and skills of spiritual direction, including an eight-month practicum. All work can be done online except “Dynamics of Spiritual Direction” and “Integrating Spiritual Direction” occurring in June each year.

Certificate in Benedictine Spirituality

This 15 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Benedictine Spirituality program brings together practical application of the Rule of Saint Benedict and historical reflections on the development of Benedictine life, spirituality, and practices.

Certificate in Spiritual Direction

Graduate Certificate Programs often suit individuals who are transitioning from one form of ministry to another. All 18 credits for the Graduate Certificate Program may be completed online or on campus.


A Sabbatical at Saint John’s allows participants to immerse themselves in the Collegeville experience and select from a variety of courses. Sabbatical participants must register for at least six non-degree credits each term.

Continuing education provides enrichment to students, ministers, and professionals in graduate theological and ministerial studies. Continuing education students only need to submit an application and register for available courses.