Certificate Programs

Here at St. Bernard’s, anyone who comes to study with us will find a wonderful and varied community of learners. We have those seeking to pursue Master’s degrees, but also those who desire to go deeper in an aspect of their faith without having to commit to a degree program.

Our Certificates seek to enrich those wanting to learn more – who desire to be formed and informed so as to offer a well-formed witness to the world. Below you’ll find a summary of our programs. Note that a bachelor’s degree is not required for our certificates.

Certificate in Catholicism and Fine Arts (CCFA)

"Every genuine art form in its own way is a path to the inmost reality of man and of the world. It is therefore a wholly valid approach to the realm of faith, which gives human experience its ultimate meaning" (Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Artists, 6).

This certificate program seeks to explore various art forms and their relation to and revelation of the faith. It is comprised of four courses (12 credit hours) and is available online either synchronously (in real time when the courses occur) or asynchronously (at a later time that works best for you). The required courses will include:

  • C/D460 - Faith, Fiction, and Film: The Drama of Belief
  • B/C460 - A Joyful Noise: Theology and History of Sacred Music
  • B/C459 - Visual Artistry and the Christian Tradition: Iconography, Artwork, and the Challenge of the Incarnation
  • An approved elective from the following:

If for some reason any of these courses are not offered in a given semester, the Certificate Program Director will be in touch with you to work on a course substitution.

Certificate in Catholic Philosophy (CCP)

“… [P]hilosophy shows in different modes and forms that the desire for truth is part of human nature itself. It is an innate property of human reason to ask why things are as they are” (Pope St. John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, 3, 5).

This certificate program seeks to provide a basic introduction to the practice of philosophy as realized within the Catholic intellectual tradition. It is comprised of six courses (18 credit hours) and is available online either synchronously (in real time when the courses occur) or asynchronously (at a later time that works best for you). The required courses are:

  • CP611 History of Philosophy (Ancient)
  • CP612 History of Philosophy (Medieval)
  • CP613 History of Philosophy (Modern and Contemporary)
  • CP605 Logic
  • CP601 Introduction to Catholic Philosophy
  • An approved elective (such as CP651 Philosophical Anthropology)

If for some reason any of these courses are not offered in a given semester, the Certificate Program Director will be in touch with you to work on a course substitution.

Certificate in Catholic Bioethics (CCB)

“A particularly crucial battleground in today's cultural struggle between the supremacy of technology and human moral responsibility is the field of bioethics, where the very possibility of integral human development is radically called into question” (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 74).

This certificate program will provide an introduction to the realm of bioethics from the Catholic perspective. It is comprised of five courses (15 credit hours) and is available online either synchronously (in real time when the courses occur) or asynchronously (at a later time that works best for you). The required courses will include:

  • C/D332 Catholic Bioethics: A Matter of Life and Death
  • C217 Moral and Social Teachings
  • Medical and Moral Decision-Making
  • C/D329 The Gospel of Life: Life Issues and Contemporary Challenges
  • An approved elective (such as CP661 Ethics)

If for some reason any of these courses are not offered in a given semester, the Certificate Program Director will be in touch with you to work on a course substitution.

Certificate in Catechetical Leadership (CCL)

“[M]inistries - such as catechists, directors of prayer and chant, Christians devoted to the service of God's Word or to assisting their brethren in need, the heads of small communities, or other persons charged with the responsibility of apostolic movements- these ministries are valuable for the establishment, life, and growth of the Church, and for her capacity to influence her surroundings and to reach those who are remote from her” (Pope St. Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 73).

At the heart of St. Bernard’s exists the desire to form those discerning ministry – being Christ’s hands and feet to those around them. This certificate program provides a basic introduction to the tenets of the faith and ways to discern calls to ministry. It is comprised of five courses (15 credit hours), with the option to include one elective. These courses are available online either synchronously (in real time when the courses occur) or asynchronously (at a later time that works best for you) and will include:

  • C/D398 Catechesis and Evangelization: Content, Method, and Challenges
  • CT671 The Revelation of God: Scripture, Tradition, Creed (Catechism 1 and 2)
  • CT673 Life in Christ: Action, Contemplation, Communion (Catechism 3 and 4)
  • C319 Speaking the Truth in Love: Introduction to Apologetics
  • An approved elective from the following:
    • C/D365 - Theology of the Body: Sexuality and the Sacred
    • D217 - Pastoral Care
    • C/D332 - Catholic Bioethics: A Matter of Life and Death
    • C/D329 - The Gospel of Life: Life Issues and Contemporary Challenges
    • CT672 - Sacred Scripture

If for some reason any of these courses are not offered in a given semester, the Certificate Program Director will be in touch with you to work on a course substitution.

Our certificate program students will have a different pay structure than our graduate program students. For more information please contact our Certificate Program Director: