Bellarmine University and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary offer a unique Master of Arts in Spirituality degree (MAS). The program features ecumenical collaboration, an international study component and graduate seminars. It is designed to attract students of all Christian faiths who hunger for a deeper sense of spirituality as well as to serve the needs of students seeking professional development.
The degree requires 30 graduate credits and is offered in a cohort model over a two-year period. Up to 12 students are admitted each year, and they begin the program with MAS. 501 – Introduction to the Study of Christian Spirituality, a class that meets during the first two weeks of June. Courses are taught by internationally recognized faculty from the Theology Department at Bellarmine University and from the seminary and meet on evenings and weekends on both campuses, located just two miles apart.
The MAS is one of the first graduate programs on spirituality in the country, and one of the only ones that is a joint ecumenical venture between two schools.
Besides an enriched understanding of a life of faith, the MAS degree affords students opportunities for lay ministry at the parish level as well as chaplaincy work.
Bellarmine University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Inquiries related to this accreditation can be directed to: Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097. Phone 404-679-4500.
International Student Requirements:
Please complete all items above under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:
U.S. law requires financial statements from a bank or other financial institution certifying the student’s ability to fund the cost of attendance for one academic year minus the amount of any scholarship dollars received. Figures should be in U.S. dollars and must be certified as an official document by the bank or financial institution. A sponsor may be used if the sponsor attaches a signed affidavit stating that he/she will financially support the student until completion of a degree at Bellarmine University. If a sponsor is used, the sponsor’s bank statement should accompany the letter. The approximate cost is $26,241. This amount includes tuition and fees associated with the program and an average cost for living expenses, books, supplies, health insurance, transportation and personal expenses.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: Yes
International Financial Aid: Yes
# of Credits Required: 30
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $270 per credit hour USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 3,000-5,999