Advanced Certificate in Christian Spirituality

This program is offered online or on campus.

The advanced certificate in Christian spirituality program is for those who wish to deepen their understanding of Christian spirituality. Students may complete the program for faith formation, personal enrichment, or to aid their ministry work in houses of worship.

The certificate can also serve as an introduction to our M.A. in Christian spirituality or our programs in religious education, pastoral mental health counseling, and pastoral ministry. 

Program Basics

  • The curriculum requires satisfactory completion of 6 courses (18 semester credits).
  • Required courses introduce:
    • the history of Christian spirituality
    • scholarly interpretations of Scripture
    • the history and practice of discernment within the Christian tradition
  • Elective courses allow students to tailor this Certificate to their needs and interests


  • Spiritual director
  • Retreat facilitator
  • Chaplain
  • Religion teacher
  • Parish or diocesan faith formation leader