The Graduate Institute Experience

St. John’s College is located on two spectacular campuses: one in Annapolis, Maryland, and another in Santa Fe, New Mexico. On both campuses, students immerse themselves in a vibrant graduate community and local culture. In Annapolis, students explore cobblestone streets lined with restaurants and shops along the Chesapeake Bay. The campus is located just thirty minutes from Washington, DC. In Santa Fe, students indulge in the arts, opera, and great outdoors that make New Mexico world famous. On-campus housing is available for students year round in Santa Fe and during the summer semester in Annapolis. Students taking online classes have the same access to one-on-one meetings with tutors, student support services, and tuition assistance and scholarships as our in-person students.

Our Students

The Graduate Institute attracts students of varied ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Some students enroll shortly after graduating from college, often seeking a foundation in classic texts that they missed in more conventional undergraduate programs. Other students are actively engaged in careers; some already hold graduate degrees. Still other students turn to the Graduate Institute in retirement or in a hiatus from their careers, seizing the opportunity to use their leisure for serious reflection. Although the Graduate Institute offers considerable professional gain to students, particularly present or prospective teachers, students are also generally motivated by the intrinsic rewards of reading great books and discussing them with others who care deeply about the issues they raise.

Low Residency Program

Students can also complete each of our graduate degree programs online through our low residency program. They will experience a deeply personal education rooted in the St. John’s tradition of great books and thoughtful exploration alongside their fellow students and our experienced tutors, from anywhere in the world. There are no prerecorded lessons, no lectures, no asynchronous instruction, and no overenrolled classes.

While all your coursework can be completed online, our low residency programs also include two required on-campus weekend residencies. Contact Graduate Admissions (gradadmissions(at) for more information.

You can also schedule an online conversation with program leadership or book a class observation.


St. John’s has great opportunities for teachers, including Master of Arts in the Liberal Arts and Master of Arts in Eastern Classics. These degrees are designed to fit a teacher’s schedule after work in the fall and spring, or, for the MALA degree, taken in just four consecutive summers. The two-summer Certificate in Liberal Arts Education helps teachers to bring classic books and discussion into their classrooms. All teachers qualify for special scholarships from 1/3 tuition up to full tuition.

New College Graduates

The Graduate Institute attracts many students recently out of college. Some of these students are a bit disenchanted with the education they received in their BA studies and want to round out their education with a good grounding in the classics, or “fill in the holes” before they go on to PhD studies or a career. Our need-based financial aid makes the program affordable for many of these students. In fact, many are pleased to find out that they receive aid even though they did not as an undergraduate student.

Mid-career Professionals

Many mid-career professionals who are attracted to the Graduate Institute are searching for a new path in life. They may have been working at a career for several years but are ready to try something new. St. John’s is a place where these students may find their next step. Our generous financial aid packages make this a reality for many working adults.

International Students

International students bring welcome perspectives and experiences to our already diverse community of learners. Our unique and rigorous graduate programs attract many international applicants every year, and our commitment to a generous financial aid program brings our unique academic programs within the reach of most qualified applicants.


St. John’s is a military friendly school that attracts a large number of veterans each year. Veterans attending our graduate programs find that their hard earned experiences fit perfectly into our collaborative and fully engaged community. Yellow Ribbon funding is provided to every qualified applicant.


Many of the retirees who find their way to St. John’s College want to do something challenging in their retirements. Some of these students have had St. John’s on their radar for many years, waiting until their kids grew up or their career wound down enough for them to take the time to dive into a graduate degree.

After the Graduate Institute

The Graduate Institute is transformative. Students see themselves and the world differently after exploring the greatest books in history with talented tutors and peers.

The Graduate Institute also prepares students to read, write, and think in ways they have never done before. Many of our students are already in the middle of successful careers in various fields such as education, law, medicine, and military service, and they take the skills they develop in the Graduate Institute back to the office. Other students use the Graduate Institute and Career Services to launch a new career, particularly in education and teaching.

We know that learning doesn’t stop for our students once they graduate from St. John’s, so the Graduate Institute makes sure our students are prepared to pursue other specialized degrees and professional programs at other top universities and schools.


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