The Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction) enables students to acquire a deep and broad understanding of key themes and methodologies in spiritual direction and to integrate knowledge of the field.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction) are able to demonstrate:
- a critical and integrated understanding of theology and biblical studies as they apply to the ministry of spiritual direction;
- a critical awareness of issues pertaining to spiritual direction as a ministry in the church and advanced skills in the ministry of spiritual direction;
- creativity and initiative in integrating knowledge and skills of spiritual direction, and the capacity to apply them to new situations in ministry and/or further learning;
- the ability to communicate key ideas and apply problem-solving techniques at an advanced level in spiritual direction;
- the development of skills relevant to tertiary study in the humanities; to read, think, and interpret critically; to write coherently, with the ability to develop an argument drawing on a range of appropriate resources; to work cooperatively as part of a group; and to present information orally;
- skilled use of electronic databases, journals and other scholarly literature;
- the ability to plan and execute a substantial research essay, integrative essay, supervised project, or synthesis.
What is involved to complete the Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction)?
The Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction) consists of 180 points comprised of:
a) 90 points of Foundational units comprised of:
- 60 points in the discipline of Spiritual Direction
- 15 points in the discipline of Systematic Theology
- 15 points in the discipline of Biblical Studies
b) 75 points of Elective units in the disciplines of Spiritual Direction and Spirituality and one Capstone unit of 15 points in Spiritual Direction
c) 60 points of Elective units in the disciplines of Spiritual Direction and Spirituality and one Capstone unit of 30 points in Spiritual Direction.
Master of Arts (Spiritual Direction) is open to any applicant who:
- has successfully completed an undergraduate degree or an approved equivalent.