Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction Overview
The Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction degree (MASD) is a two-year professional degree designed to prepare students to provide biblically and historically based spiritual direction in a variety of settings. The degree will also enhance those currently in pastoral ministries by enabling them to understand the needs of their congregations in both individual and group settings. The biblical, theological, and spiritual foundations ground students in historical hermeneutical and doctrinal understanding. The degree core courses allow students to specialize in Christian spirituality and the art of spiritual direction.
Students must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and with at least a 2.5 GPA.
Course Content Areas
|Religious Heritage – 18 Credit Hours|
|Introduction to Old Testament (4 hrs)||OT 501|
|Introduction to New Testament (4 hrs)||NT 501|
|Introduction to Christian Theology (4 hrs)||TH 501|
|Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality (3 hrs)||CS 650|
|History of Christian Spirituality (3 hrs)||CS 664|
|Cultural Context – 6 Credit Hours|
|Congregations as Systems (3 hrs)||CS 640|
|Spiritual Formation in Congregations (3 hrs)||CS 654|
|Spiritual Formation – 10 Credit Hours|
|Introduction to Christian Spirituality (4 hrs)||CS 501|
|Spiritual Disciplines and Practices (3 hrs)||CS 510|
|Christian Devotional Classics (3 hrs)||CS 665|
|Specialization – 12 Credit Hours|
|Intake and Assessment (3 hrs)||PC 540|
|Techniques and Principles of Spiritual Direction (3 hrs)||CS 767|
|Spiritual Direction Practicum 1 (3 hrs)
*Prerequisites for practicums in spiritual direction are CS 501,
CS 510, CS 650, CS 664, and CS 767.
|Spiritual Direction Practicum II (3 hrs)||CS 781|
|Capstone – 2 Credit Hours|
|Integrative Capstone in Spiritual Development||CS 799|
|Total Credit Hours: 48
*The Spiritual Direction Practicum Handbook, required background checks, liability insurance, personal spiritual direction sessions, supervisor information, and more, is available at www.hgst.edu/academics/resources.