Certificate in Spiritual Direction

COURSEWORK (Certificate Total: 22 credits)

Spiritual Direction Courses (10 credits)

YEAR 1: 
SPIR 437 The Practice of Discernment in Prayer  (1 credit)
PTHM 418 Dynamics of Spiritual Direction  (3 credits)

YEAR 2: 
PTHM 459 Practicum in Spiritual Direction (Fall & Spring: 3 credits over 8 months - Sept-Apr)
PTHM 468 Integrating Spiritual Direction (Summer: 3 credits)

The practicum, approximately 8 months in duration, is supervised by trained personnel in the Spirituality Center at Saint Benedict's Monastery.

Core Theology Courses (12 credits)
Theology courses should be taken concurrently with the spiritual direction courses. One three-credit course from each focus area is required: Scripture, Prayer, Spirituality, and Ministry.


  • Have earned a bachelor's degree or the equivalent.
  • Belong to a faith community and be at least 30 years of age.
  • Be in spiritual direction for a significant period of time.
  • Be ready to engage in on-going discernment of the charism for spiritual direction.

    The tuition for the certificate program is the non-degree rate which is approximately one-third the cost for degree seeking students. Scholarships, ranging from 50% to 100% of the tuition are available to degree seeking students.  The current tuition rates are posted on the website.


    For questions, contact Becky Van Ness, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction: bvanness@csbsju.edu; (320) 363-3559.