Insitute for Spiritual Formation

M.A. Emphasis

Master of Arts with an Emphasis in Spiritual Formation

Program Requirements: 66 semester hours, 42 in spiritual formation, 21 Bible/Theology co-requisites, and 3 thesis.

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:

Suggested Program Guide

First Year Curriculum

(21 units plus 9 co-requisite theology)

Fall (15 units)

TTTH 511 Theology I: Intro: Revelation & Nature of God
3
TTSF 517 Hermeneutics and the Word in Spiritual Formation
3
TTSF 521 Introduction to Christian Spirituality & Prayer
3
TTSF 531 History and Traditions of Christian Spirituality
3
TTSF 543 Personal Foundations of Spirituality & Retreat
3
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0

Spring (15 units)

TTTH 512 Theology II: Works of God, Angels, Man & Sin
3
TTSF 524 History and Theory of Christian Soul Care
3
TTSF 532 Developmental Spirituality & Contemplative Prayer
2
TTSF 544 Personality Development & Psychopathology
3
TTSS 510 Theological Research Methodology
1
  Elective Units
3
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0

 

Second Year Curriculum

Fall (15 units)

TTTH 613 Theology III: Christ, Salvation and the Spirit
3
TTBE 519 Survey of Gen. - Mal.
3
TTSF 621 Spiritual Formation & Theology Seminar
3
TTSF 645 Christian Virtue and the Spiritual Disciplines
3
  Elective Units
3
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0
TTSF 740 Spiritual Formation Project-Thesis
1-4

Interterm (3 units)

TTSF 701 Spiritual Formation Seminar
3

Spring (18 units)

TTTH 614 Theology IV: The Church & Eschatology
3
TTBE 520 Survey of Matt. - Rev.
3
TTSF 642 Spiritual Disciplines Seminar
4
TTSF 672 Personal Retreat & Formation
4
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction
0
TTSF 740 Spiritual Formation Project-Thesis
1-4
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