Lay Formation - Saint John's Seminary

Summer Course Registration for the MAM/MTS Degree Programs will open on April 3, 2023

Lay Formation

Forming disciples. Proclaiming Jesus Christ.

Saint John's Seminary is a graduate school of theology and offers two fully accredited graduate theology degree programs for laity, religious and deacons in addition to forming future priests. These two degree programs are faithful to the Catholic intellectual tradition, are carefully crafted to provide an integrated and thorough study of Catholic theology, and allow for specialization in one of two themes: acquiring skills to minister within the Church, or honing one’s skills to participate fully in the New Evangelization of the world.

Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM)

The Master of Arts in Ministry Degree will prepare you for ministry with hands-on ministry experience, personal mentorship, prayer, and a robust theological education. This degree is perfect for those who wish to minister in an official capacity at a parish, hospital, or other ministry area.

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The Master of Theological Studies Degree from Saint John's Seminary will prepare you to participate in theological research, writing and teaching. This degree is perfect for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith and evangelize the fields of culture, work, politics and family.


The MAM and MTS degree programs have a rolling admissions policy. Catholics who have a bachelor’s degree may apply. Individuals are welcome to take courses for continuing education credits or personal enrichment. Come meet our staff and observe a class.

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What are our Alumni saying about their experience at Saint John's Seminary?

Lay Formation Alumni

Ed Ciampa - MAM 2018

The way that Father Riley's Field Education training impacted me was probably the most important aspect of my MAM career as it led up to my continuing as a volunteer at D'Youville Health and Wellness Community in working with those with dementia. The training received with Father Riley allowed me to continue in this field where I met the Chaplain at D'Youville who suggested that I take courses in order to become a Chaplain myself. I am pleased to report at this time that I have just been provisionally accepted into the CPE Unit program (leading to Chaplaincy) at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen beginning in September. Praise God!

Dr. Anthony Coleman
Director of MAM/MTS Degree Programs


Ellen Oesterle
Assistant to the Director

Phone: (617) 779-4104