An ICSST certificate attests to the completion of a substantial and coherent program of learning, involving 18 to 24 credits in a given area of study, without completion of all the requirements for a degree program. A certificate program allows some students to finish a discrete program of learning and obtain a credential for it. Other students may use a certificate program as a way of “testing the waters” prior to and/or en route to completion of a degree program. A certificate can be earned concurrently with a degree. ICSST offers a certificate in Catholic Evangelization and a certificate in Christian Spirituality.
For persons interested in a systematic and theoretical grounding in Christian spirituality, the Certificate in Christian Spirituality provides academic preparation in spirituality and a foundation for ministry, as well as opportunities for spiritual development. Perspectives from history, theology and spirituality assist students seeking to understand and nurture Christian spirituality. Therefore, the program is structured with courses in each of these areas and offers a formal way of integrating these perspectives.
Students must meet the same requirements as those for the M.A. in Pastoral Ministry program, except that the GRE/MAT and psychological testing are not required.
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