Graduate Program courses at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation are designed for those looking to further their education at the Graduate level. Courses are meant for those that have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or extensive experience or knowledge of the Catholic Faith. All Graduate Courses can be taken at the Continuing Education and Personal Enrichment levels also.

Those interested in taking courses must first apply to the Avila Institute. Upon acceptance into the Avila Institute, students will then be instructed on how to enroll in courses. The application fee is $40 for laypersons and $15 for Priests and Religious.

Important Notes:

  • Details are subject to change – check back for more information and changes. Or, to receive updates on upcoming courses and schedules, please email and ask to be added to the email list (emails are only sent a few times per quarter).
  • Classes are offered “live online” meaning students and professor join at a specific time for an interactive online environment.
    • Graduate students are required to participate live online (exceptions made for international students and work-related conflicts). Classes are recorded and available to students for viewing later for these purposes, unforeseen circumstances, or for watching a second time.
    • Continuing Education and Personal Enrichment track students are highly encouraged to participate live online but it is not required. Classes are recorded and available to students for viewing later so so scheduling conflicts need not be a deterrent in these tracks.

Course Offerings

Courses are nine weeks long and are $450 per course (full and partial scholarships are available).

Upcoming Courses: Spring Quarter (March-May)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 21st

  • The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer:
    • Taught by Dr. Michael Gama, this course starts with an overview of the revelation of prayer from Genesis to Revelation as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and studies the use of the Bible in the Public Worship of the Church. The Liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian life while the Bible is the soul of theology. Exploring the relationship the Bible and the Liturgy opens up a vision of prayer filled with Patristic insight and the wisdom of the early Church.
    • Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 8:30 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time
      • March 6, 13, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8
  • The Wisdom of the Saints from St. Athanasius to St. Bernard of Clairvaux: 
    •  Taught by Dr. Ben Nguyen, this course provides an overview of the spiritual doctrine of Saint Athanasius, Saint Augustine, Saint Benedict and Saint Bernard. During this first thousand years of the life of the Church, the saints developed an awareness of quaerere Deum, lectio divina, conversatio morum, and habitare secum that informs the whole canon of spiritual literature in the wisdom that follows. Selection of texts has been made on the basis of these themes and their influence on the Schools of Spirituality that follow.
    • Dates/Times: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern Time
      • March 7, 14, 21, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9
  • Discernment, Degrees of Prayer, and Stages of Spiritual Growth:
    • This course is taught by Dr. Anthony Lilles, and is based on St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Three Carmelite Doctors of the Church, Navigating the Interior Life, and Father Timothy Gallagher’s work.
    • Dates/Times: Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern Time
      • March 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10

For listing and description of all Graduate courses, as well as information on earning a Graduation Certificate of Spiritual Formation, Personal Enrichment Certificate or Continuing Education Certificate, please visit the Graduate Studies page or contact our Admissions Counselor at

To apply, please click HERE.

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