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Certificate in Jesuit Studies

This academic program promotes a deep, informed understanding of the spirituality, history, and leadership methods associated with the Society of Jesus and its apostolates.


The graduate courses offered through the expanded Certificate in Jesuit Studies program present a variety of opportunities for participants to develop a deep, informed understanding of the spirituality, history, pedagogy, leadership methods, and other aspects associated with the Society of Jesus and its apostolates.

This academic program offers a unique blend of immersion travel and online and on-campus courses along with a concluding leadership seminar to provide a distinctive experience for individuals desiring both a depth of knowledge and a set of leadership skills.

Details about the yearly immersion course, In the Footsteps of Leaders, including the course's itinerary in Spain and Italy, are available online.

The Certificate program’s schedule is flexible. Participants earning at least 15 credits--including the leadership seminar--will receive a Certificate in Jesuit Studies from Boston College.

Individuals not pursuing a Certificate may also apply to engage in any aspect of the program (for example, taking a single online course or participating in the immersion travel), with the exception of the leadership seminar. Earned credits, however, still may be applied towards a Certificate later.

Further details on the program are available online. Please contact the Institute with any questions.


"Following in the footsteps of St. Ignatius and--through the courses and the unique leadership seminars--learning about the fascinating and often surprising history of education as a ministry within the Society of Jesus transformed my understanding of my work as an administrator at a Jesuit university. Even more, the experiences have since empowered me to help my colleagues on campus grow in their own spirituality and sense of vocation as educators."

-- John Sebastian, Certificate alumnus

Vice President for Mission Ministry, Loyola Marymount University