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Certificate in Jesuit Studies

This nine-credit professional program examines and promotes an understanding of the spirituality, history, and leadership methods associated with the Society Jesus and its apostolates.



The program begins with experiential learning and pilgrimage in Spain and Rome. Travel, readings, discussions, and personal reflection offer unique opportunities for participants to examine the historical and spiritual foundations of the Society of Jesus.

The program concludes at Boston College with three weeks of graduate-level coursework examining the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises, the history of American Jesuits, and several contemporary leadership strategies through case studies, workshops, and guest lectures.

Persons interested in becoming leaders in Jesuit schools, colleges, and universities can take advantage of a unique opportunity to apply the nine-credit certificate in Jesuit Studies towards a master’s degree in educational leadership at the Lynch School of Education.

2017 Program Schedule

Experiential Learning and Pilgrimage: Itinerary
Course Descriptions
Accommodations and Costs




 2017 Program Schedule 


June 19-July 1:         Experiential learning in Europe
July 3-21:                  Coursework at Boston College


European Itinerary  
June 19: Depart Boston
June 20: Arrive in Madrid, travel to Burgos, Arévalo, and Loyola
June 21: Day and night in Loyola
June 22: Travel to Aranzazu, Pamplona, and Javier
June 23: Travel to Zaragoza, Verdú, and Montserrat
June 24: Day in Montserrat and travel to Manresa
June 25: Day and night in Manresa
June 26: Day and night in Barcelona
June 27: Travel to Rome
June 28-June 30:
Remain in Rome
July 1: Return to Boston


Courses at Boston College will be held Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunches with invited guests and informal group activities in the evening will be held occasionally.

Participants are encouraged to use their free time on the weekends to explore the city of Boston and the surrounding area or, if they wish, to return home.



Course Descriptions


In the Footsteps of Leaders
Fr. Casey Beaumier, S.J. and Seth Meehan, Ph.D.
3 credits
This course considers the distinctive methods of Jesuit leadership, situating them in their historical and geographic contexts. More »


The Conversational Word of God and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
Fr. Casey Beaumier, S.J.
3 credits
This course explores the dynamic of the Spiritual Exercises, the pathway to God that Ignatius of Loyola authored, the fruit of his religious conversion. More »


The History of American Jesuits
Seth Meehan, Ph.D.
3 credits
This course offers an introductory yet comprehensive survey of the Society of Jesus’s 475-year history with particular attention given to various Jesuit enterprises and enterprisers in America to answer the question: What have been the characteristics of successful—and unsuccessful—Jesuit leadership?  More »



Accommodations and Costs


The Institute and Boston College significantly subsidize the expenses of the experiential learning and pilgrimage portion of the Certificate program. In addition, limited financial assistance may be available.


Housing in Europe
The Institute provides accommodations for all participants during the experiential learning and pilgrimage portion of the Certificate program. Once accepted into the program, participants may select single-occupancy rooms at an additional cost as part of the registration process.


Housing at Boston College
Housing at Boston College is not provided as part of the Certificate program. Participants may make their own arrangements through the Office of Residential Life by mid-April, or the Institute staff can recommend additional options in and around Chestnut Hill. 


Experiential learning in Europe:  $ 2,000*
Tuition at Boston College:          $ 9,216 (9 credits; estimated)**
Total:                                       $11,216


*The fee is inclusive of all airfare between Boston and Europe, all group transportation in Europe, all accommodations in Europe, and most meals.


**The tuition fees are based on the 2016 Certificate program. Tuition at Boston College for the summer of 2017 has yet to be determined, therefore the costs listed above are subject to change.



Application for Summer 2018


Beginning in November 2017, the Institute will begin accepting applications for the 2018 Certificate program. Applications will be due by February 15, 2018. With questions, please contact the Institute: | (617) 552-2568