Academic Programs Overview
Master’s Level Programs
The Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction (MASD) is a professional degree for a person interested in providing spiritual direction in a variety of ministry settings.
The Master of Arts in Missional Leadership (MAML) is a professional degree for a person seeking preparation for ministry in any cultural setting.
The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) is a professional degree that includes all areas of study required by the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors, as well as additional theological study.
The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is an academic degree focused on a specific theological discipline or concentration within a general theological discipline. This degree is designed for those who desire to continue beyond the MTS into further graduate study or who desire a focused area of learning at the graduate level. The degree is not designed for those entering ordained or parish ministry. Students entering ordained ministry should pursue the Master of Divinity degree.
The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the basic professional degree for ordained ministry in the local church, though it also provides preparation for other ministries.
The Certificate in Christian Spirituality requires nineteen hours of master’s level credit in Christian Spirituality. This certificate can be pursued as a part of a specialized MDiv or MTS degree plan or by those who already possess these degrees.
The Certificate in Spiritual Direction requires twenty-eight hours of master’s level credit—the nineteen hours of the certificate in Christian Spirituality with an additional nine hours for certification as a spiritual director.
The Certificate in Missional Leadership requires twenty-five hours of master’s level credit in missional ministry. This certificate can be pursued as part of a specialized MDiv or MTS degree or by those who already possess these degrees.