Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction

Spiritual DirectionThe 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.

For those who do not wish to pursue a full degree, HGST also offers a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Degree Plan


MASD Required Courses Course Title Hours
Theological Requirements   
CS 501 Christian Spirituality 3
CS 650 Theological Foundations of Christian Spirituality 3
NT 501  Christian Canon: New Testament 3
OT 501 Christian Canon: Old Testament 3
TH 501 Christian Theology 3
Concentration Requirements    
CS 510 Spiritual Disciplines and Practices 3
CS 640 Systems Thinking in Organizational Contexts 3
CS 664  History of Christian Spirituality 3
CS 665 Christian Devotional Classics 3
CS 767 Techniques of Spiritual Direction 3
Supervised Field Education Requirements  
CS 780  Spiritual Direction Practicum I 3
CS 781 Spiritual Direction Practicum II 3
CS 799 Integrative Capstone in Spiritual Direction 1
Total Credit Hours    37