Spirituality Studies

Launch of Spirituality Studies

Equip Yourself

Future ministers need to be prepared to help people in the formation and growth of their relationships with God, self, others, and the world. The best of Catholic formative, theological education appreciates the importance of translating theological truths into living practices of faith—in short, into spirituality. Christian spirituality, properly understood, is rooted in the tradition of the Church and the community of faith. 

Beginning in 2020, STM will offer a variety of programs and courses focused on spirituality. As an interdisciplinary academic field, Spirituality Studies explores the richness of the Christian spiritual tradition, its historical and contemporary texts, practices, figures, and movements.

Apply for Summer and Fall 2020

We invite you to join us as part of this exciting and dynamic new initiative. Our application will open on Monday, September 23. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the admissions team with any questions in the meantime.

I am excited that STM is developing programs in Spirituality Studies. Not only do we have the faculty resources to do so, but also Christian spirituality—focusing on ways of being disciples of Jesus—is at the core of what we try to inculcate in many, if not all, of our classes.
Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., Dean


In the Th.M., S.T.L., S.T.D., and Ph.D. degree programs, Spirituality Studies can be pursued as a concentration or specialization. Drawing on the theological disciplines in concert with the arts and social and natural sciences, students at the STM can focus on historical, contemporary, or Ignatian spirituality.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Take the next step in your career and strengthen your ability to transform the spiritual lives of individuals and faith communities. Three themes—prayer and discernment, the art of spiritual direction, and working within faith communities—highlight the program.

Certificate Programs

Explore spirituality through one of our flexible 18-credit certificate programs. Certificates are offered in the areas of Christian Spirituality, Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit Studies, and Spiritual and Pastoral Care.


Considering a career change, graduate program, or a return to campus? Or want to further your educational and professional development? Explore a path through our nondegree coursework in spirituality, available fall, spring, and summer.


STM students benefit from opportunities for retreats, spiritual direction, and additional courses and events offered by partner offices like the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, the Church in the 21st Century Center, and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

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