Graduate Certificate in Missionary Discipleship

In his 2013 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World, Pope Francis calls all baptized Christians “missionary disciples” (cf. 119–121). A “significant pastoral challenge” related to living out this vocation is the “formation of the laity and the evangelization of professional and intellectual life” (102). Pope Francis observes that “all of us are called to mature in our work as evangelizers,” and that such maturation requires “better training, a deepening love and a clearer witness to the Gospel” (121). In order to meet this challenge, the Augustine Institute Graduate School offers the Graduate Certificate in Missionary Discipleship.

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Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate at the Augustine Institute is an honorary designation that testifies to the student’s successful completion of a substantial course of studies in Catholic theology.

The Certificate is awarded upon successful completion of six courses:

  • SCRP 501: Salvation History
  • THEO 502: The Creed: The Trinity, Christ, and the Church
  • SCRP 502: Jesus and the Gospels
  • THNE 601: Discipleship and the Christian Life
  • THNE 603: Pastoral Care and Ecclesial Life
  • THEO 640: Christian Anthropology

Students pursuing the Graduate Certificate need submit only one letter of recommendation and a college transcript with their application. Should a Graduate Certificate student wish to enter an M.A. degree program at the Augustine Institute, he or she must submit a separate application.

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