Master of Arts in Ministry

Spiritual Direction

The Master of Arts in Ministry grounds students in the theological tradition and prepares them for service in parish and social ministries.

M.A.M. Program Information

Application Requirements

      • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or the equivalent
      • Official transcripts of post-secondary coursework
      • Three letters of recommendation from educational or professional contacts
      • GRE or MAT results
      • Typewritten narrative
      • Resume/CV
      • List of books and articles read in the previous three years

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Application Deadline: Rolling Admission 


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The Spiritual Direction Concentration provides a Benedictine-focused training in the art and practice of the care of souls. The Concentration is grounded in the Collegeville Core of scripture, monastic spirituality and liturgy. Specific practices that guide the Benedictine way of living are integrated into the spiritual direction courses:

Lectio on Life Approaching our lived experience contemplatively
Hospitality   Receiving God in unexpected ways when we welcome others as Christ
Stability  Yielding to God's presence in our life experiences
Conversion of Life Accepting continual conversion to listen and be faithful to God's call

The School of Theology’s Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction is embedded within this master’s degree in ministry. Students may obtain the Graduate Certificate separately.

Graduates will be prepared for ministries that focus on spiritual growth as well as the practice of spiritual direction with individuals or groups.

Students are required to take HCHR 402 and HCHR 404. They may select 1 course (3 credits) each in Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, and Liturgy, and Field Education.