Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation (MSF)
The Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation (MSF) is a 48-hour degree that engages the theology and practice of Christian spirituality and spiritual direction. The MSF is designed for students who wish to explore the spiritual tradition of the Christian path as well as for lay and ordained ministers seeking to develop skills in spiritual direction.
The core curriculum (5 courses) provides a biblical, theological, historical, contextual and ethical foundation for pastoral ministry. Other required course work allows students to specialize in spiritual direction or spiritual formation. Students who desire to serve as spiritual formation leaders in parish, retreat and Christian education programs follow the spiritual formation track, allowing them to tailor a program that culminates in a project that will help them define their future ministry. Students who desire to serve as spiritual directors follow the spiritual direction track, allowing them to make use of their academic degree in a spiritual direction practice.
Prior to being awarded the degree, a candidate must fully discharge all financial obligations to the seminary and all requirements should be completed within six years from the date of entry into the program.