Perhaps you are a teacher who seeks extra expertise in the area
you teach. Maybe you are a pastoral associate and need more
training in pastoral care, or a worship director wanting to learn
more about liturgy. You may be simply hungry for more knowledge
about a particular theological discipline.
Saint Meinrad offers graduate-level certificates in several
areas of theological specialization. These areas of study require
18 credit hours of academic concentration and are designed to
educate, develop leadership and promote competence in the areas of
ministry, Church history, liturgy, pastoral
studies, Scripture and systematics.
You may pursue them as part of your master's degree, as
continuing education after you have graduated or even as
stand-alone programs if you do not have a master's degree.
Specialization within a Master's Degree
Students pursuing a Saint Meinrad Master of Arts (Theology) or
Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) degree may pursue a
specialization certificate as part of their work toward the
A specialization is ideal if you are interested in a particular
field of study due to your current ministry or for personal
You may use degree elective credits to complete a
specialization; there is no additional cost to students for
pursuing a specialization certificate as part of a degree.
How to apply
A post-master’s certificate is a focused area of
theological study you can pursue after completing a master’s-level
theological degree (at Saint Meinrad or elsewhere). A post-master’s
certificate will help you deepen your knowledge in a particular
area of competence, move into a different type of ministry or teach
with a particular focus area.
Some students pursue post-master’s certificate
coursework in conjunction with a study sabbatical or similar period
for renewal. The regular graduate tuition rate applies; Saint
Meinrad graduates pursuing a post-degree certificate are eligible
for a 30% alumni tuition discount.
How to apply
A non-degree certificate is a focused area of theological study
available to individuals who hold a four-year bachelor’s degree
from an accredited institution or its equivalent and who meet the
Saint Meinrad’s non-degree admissions criteria.
This certificate is ideal if you don’t plan to complete a
graduate degree program but seek personal enrichment, enhanced
participation in parish leadership or specific ministerial roles.
Credits are awarded at the graduate level and can be applied toward
a master’s degree at Saint Meinrad. As individual education and
experience will vary, prerequisites may be required.
How to apply