Institute for Spiritual Formation


ISF offers a variety of degrees that serve distinct purposes and ends, even though they share some common core elements.  Click on each degree to learn more and to see a detailed curriculum chart.  Refer to the Degree Comparison Chart below for a quick overview.  Please also read our student and alumni testimonies to hear how our students are using their degrees.  If you have questions about which degree is right for you, please feel free to contact us.  


Degree Comparison Chart 

Degrees Semester Hours Minimum Program Duration*
(Full Time Students)
Spiritual Direction Training? Thesis Required? Typical Further Degrees Pursued**
M.A. Soul Care 56 2 years Yes No MFT, Psy.D.
M.A. Emphasis 49 2 years No Yes Additional M.A., Ph.D.
M.Div. Spiritual Formation Emphasis 79 3 years Yes (or Internship) No Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D.
Certificate 26 1 year No No N/A


* See each degree page for a full curriculum chart.  Our accreditation puts requirements on the minimum time it can take to complete a degree, but it is rare for students to complete a degree within this minimum time frame unless they have completed many pre-requisites or are able to study full time without many other significant time commitments.

** This category is not meant to be restrictive, but rather aims to give a sense of the types of programs graduates of these degrees typically go on to, if they do go on to further graduate studies.

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