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.

Advance Your Ignatian Leadership

The graduate-level courses offered through the Certificate in Jesuit Studies program present a variety of opportunities for participants to acquire a deeper understanding of the spirituality, history, pedagogy, leadership methods, and other aspects associated with the Society of Jesus and its colleagues.

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.

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.

Credits earned from the Certificate may also be applied towards a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Jesuit Education in a Global World

Please contact associate director of the Institute, Matt Schweitzer, with any questions (schweima@bc.edu; 617-552-9092).

Course Offering

To see what courses are being offered this year, please visit the enrollment page. 


At a Glance


How many courses?

Certificate applicants must complete 5 of the approved courses for a total of 15 credits.


How long will it take?

Participants may set their own pace for completing the program.


When can I start?

Students can begin the program in any semester.


What is the program format?

4 of the courses are offered fully online.

All students must complete the hybrid immersion course to complete the certificate.

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