Certificate in Priestly Formation

Sacred Heart offers a Certificate in Priestly Formation for certain candidates whose sponsors, for a variety of reasons, may not wish them to pursue an undergraduate degree. The Certificate Program consists of the same four components as the Master of Divinity Program: human formation, spiritual formation, intellectual formation, and pastoral formation. Admission requirements are the same as for the Master of Divinity Program with the exception of the requirement of an undergraduate degree. The certificate is conferred upon completion of all the required program components.


To be eligible, the candidate must be at least 30 years old and have at least 60 undergraduate credits from accredited institutions. These bachelor-level credits can be completed by taking courses at an accredited institution or through Sacred Heart’s Pre-Theology Program. The Pre-Theology requirements (philosophy and introductory theology courses) delineated in the Program for Priestly Formation (PPF) must be completed (see pages 11-12) either through previous undergraduate studies or by completing these prerequisite courses at Sacred Heart.