Institute for Spiritual Formation

M.A. Emphasis

Master of Arts with an Emphasis in Spiritual Formation

Program Requirements: 49 semester hours, 34 in spiritual formation, and 15 Bible/Theology co-requisites.

The M.A. with an Emphasis in Spiritual Formation (called "MA Emphasis") is designed to equip men and women for professional and lay ministries within the Church, teaching, mentoring, and discipleship as well as preparation for further education and training in spiritual formation in order to teach in Christian university and seminary contexts. Designed as an alternative for those not wishing or prepared for training in spiritual direction, the MA Emphasis program facilitates personal growth through:

  • Experiential & relational development of the soul through employing spiritual disciplines within courses along with required personal spiritual direction, various retreats, individual psychotherapy and community experiences as detailed in the co-curricular requirements.

  • In-depth theoretical and integrative course work including theology and the creation disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, the arts and education to aid in understanding the spiritual life and mentoring.

The co-curricular elements are required in addition to the following classes:

Course Units
TTSF 517 Hermeneutics and the Word in Spiritual Formation 3
TTBE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi 3
TTBE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation 3
TTTH 521 Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation 3
TTTH 522 Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation 3
TTTH 623 Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things 3
TTSF 521 Introduction to Christian Spirituality and Prayer 3
TTSF 524 History and Theory of Christian Soul Care and Direction 3
TTSF 531 History and Traditions of Christian Spirituality 3
TTSF 532 Developmental Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer 3
TTSF 543 Personal Foundations of Spirituality and Retreat 3
TTSF 544 Personality Development and Psychopathology 3
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction *  0
TTSF 642 Spiritual Disciplines Seminar 2
TTSF 645 Christian Virtue and the Spiritual Disciplines 3
TTSF 672 Personal Retreat and Formation ** 3
TTSF 701 Spiritual Formation Seminar 2
TTSF 740 Spiritual Formation Project/Thesis 3
  Total 49

* TTSF 585 must be taken every term of enrollment
** TTSF 672 should be taken twice, one time for 2 credits and another time for 1 credit, equalling a total of 3 credits

Biola University
13800 Biola Ave. La Mirada, CA 90639
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