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.
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:
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.
Non-degree-seeking students who wish to take graduate courses will be considered on a space-available basis. Degree-seeking students will always be given priority in course registration.Non-degree seeking students may request to transfer from non-degree-seeking status to degree-seeking status by completing the admissions process. In the case of admission to degree-seeking status, all courses taken for credit at the Institute as a non-degree-seeking student wound count toward the completion of the M.A., provided the minimum grade point average is achieved and maintained.
The audit option is available to students who wish to audit graduate courses for purposes of personal enrichment or continuing education credits. On-campus auditors attend and participate in classes, but do not complete course assignments or receive a grade. Distance education auditors may watch class lectures but do not complete course assignments or contribute to course discussions.