Offered in the summer only, in two four-week terms, the Master of Arts in Christian Spirituality combines solid academic study with personal appropriation of the content of Christian faith through prayer and worship, and application of these to one’s life and ministry.
The graduate program in Christian Spirituality holds as its primary value the integration of these three elements:
1.) A thorough knowledge of Christian Spirituality based on Scripture, Church Tradition and Christian heritage, contemporary theology and psychology with an emphasis on Ignatian Spirituality;
2.) Experiential appropriation of the mysteries of the Christian faith grounded in human development through reflection, prayer and communal worship.
3.) An apostilic orientation directed toward more effective ministry skills, especially toward preparation for giving spiritual direction and directed retreats.
These are not viewed as successive stages or compartments but as a lived synthesis of mind, heart and mission.
The degree requires 33 credit hours of course work.
Courses are scheduled so that students may successfully complete the degree in three eight-week summer sessions. Students are required to make a retreat of eight days under an approved director during the program. No thesis is required, but an integrating essay of approximately 25 pages concludes the program of study.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission