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Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Tradition

Immerse yourself in the core principles of a Jesuit education through Creighton University’s Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Tradition. In this program, you’ll study the teachings of St. Ignatius, take an in-depth look at the values on which he founded the order of the Society of Jesus, and walk in his shoes via the Ignatian Pilgrimage course.

Ignatian Pilgrimage is the final course of the program. In this course, you’ll travel to the Ignatian places in northern Spain, Paris, and Rome. As you complete your pilgrimage, you’ll learn to incorporate the elements of personal prayer and self-reflection into your personal and professional life through the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius.

The Jesuit identity is the core of Creighton’s practices. Students engage with the community by promoting inclusion and service.

Learn more about Ignatian values

As a Jesuit institution, Creighton University incorporates the teachings of St. Ignatius into all facets of university life. Our faculty develop programs designed to teach the whole person and develop students as individuals. Professors expect and encourage excellence—all for the purpose of molding students into changemakers with a passion for social justice.

Broaden your horizons and deepen your spirituality

The Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Tradition takes just 9 credit hours to earn. You can take two of the classes online. The third, the Ignatian Pilgrimage, takes place abroad. If you’re ready to reignite your spirituality, take a few months to earn a certificate that can inspire your faith and further your career in Jesuit schools and organizations.

Program At A Glance

Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Tradition

This program is offered Online

This program is offered as a hybrid program which combines elements of online learning with traditional on-campus learning. Instead of taking every class on-campus, you can earn up to half or more credits through online classes.

Application Deadline

September 15

May 1


  • Valid Passport
  • Current updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • Submit transcript from institution that granted the Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Application


Program Goals and Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Tradition is ideal for those employed in a Jesuit institution such as a university, high school, or other organization. It is also beneficial to anyone who wishes to better understand Jesuit values and deepen their spiritual connection with Christ.

To earn this certificate, you must complete 9 credits:

  • Theology of Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (offered online and on campus)
  • History of the Ignatian Tradition (offered online and on campus)
  • Ignatian Pilgrimage (travel course)

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Creighton University's Theology Department faculty has a number of scholars and teachers who are nationally and internationally recognized for their excellence in teaching and research. The Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Tradition draws on this body of faculty to develop spiritual leaders in the Jesuit tradition.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Ignatian Tradition program, applicants must:

  • Complete an application
  • Include an updated curriculum vitae or resume
  • Provide an official transcript from the institution that granted the Bachelor’s degree. Read more about sending transcripts here
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your life of faith and prayer
  • Submit a personal statement of interest in the graduate certificate
  • Possess a valid passport

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

Due to the specific features and requirements of this program, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate School tuition rates and fees apply. Students must also pay a travel fee, which includes flights, ground transportation to specific sites, rooms, and most meals (no tips included). Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Still have questions? Email Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.


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Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats (18 credits)

  • Ideal for someone with a strong background in theology, this graduate certificate helps students develop ministerial skills and attitudes. Several of the core courses of the Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality program are included as part of this program.
  • Credits earned for this graduate certificate can be applied toward a Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality degree.
  • Classes are offered online and on-campus

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Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality (33 credits)

  • The courses required for the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats serve as the foundation for the Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality program. Enrich your understanding of Scripture, the Ignatian tradition, and the Christian faith through our Christian Spirituality master’s program.
  • Classes are offered online and on campus

Tuition & Financial Aid

Learn about how to fund your investment in education at the Creighton Financial Aid Office.

Funding Your Education