Insitute for Spiritual Formation

M.A. Soul Care

Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

Program Requirements: 66 semester hours, 45 in spiritual formation, and 21 Bible/Theology co-requisites

The M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care is designed as a professional program for specialized ministry, developed to equip men and women for the ministry of discipleship, spiritual direction, formation and soul care in the local church and for further academic training in spiritual formation. It incorporates elements designed to facilitate personal growth including:

  • Experiential-relational soul work employing the spiritual disciplines within courses along with co-curricular experiences in personal spiritual direction, various retreats, individual psychotherapy and community experiences.

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

  • Training and service opportunities in spiritual direction and mentoring through theoretical coursework and professionally supervised practica experiences in a church or university context.

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

Suggested Program Guide

First Year Curriculum

(24 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

Interterm (3 units)

TTSF 577 Soul Care Prepracticum I & Professional Ethics 3

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
TTSF 578 Soul Care Prepracticum II & Professional Referral 3
TTSS 510 Theological Research Methodology 1
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction 0


Second Year Curriculum

(21 units plus 12 co-requisite theology)

Fall (14 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
TTSF 677 Soul Care Practicum I/II 2
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction 0

Interterm (3 units)

TTSF 701 Spiritual Formation Seminar 3

Spring (16 units)

TTTH 614 Theology IV: The Church & Eschatology 3
TTBE 520 Survey of Matt. - Rev. 3
TTSF 642 Spiritual Disciplines Seminar 4
TTSF 670 Intensive Journey Inward & Retreat 4
TTSF 678 Soul Care Practicum I/II 2
TTSF 585 Personal Spiritual Direction 0

In addition to these courses, please note the additional co-curricular requirements.

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