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Certificate in Spiritual Direction

COURSEWORK (Certificate Total: 22 credits)

1 credit can be taken on campus or as hybrid course (pre-requisite to Dynamics of Spiritual Direction;
begins online and is completed on campus one weekend in June)
               Practice of Discernment in Prayer

9 credits may be completed online or on campus:
                Prayer (could be 3 one-credit courses)

9 credits must be completed on campus (summer or academic year)
               Dynamics of Spiritual Direction  (admission to program is a pre-requisite)

               Ministry course (one of the following is required):
                       Introduction to Pastoral Care
                       Ministry through the Life Cycle
                       Introduction to Pastoral Ministry          
               Integrating Spiritual Direction (summer session only)

3 credits can be completed at home with distance participation in the seminar

Core theology courses should be taken concurrently with the spiritual direction courses. One three-credit course from each focus area is required: Scripture, Prayer, Spirituality, and Ministry.


          Have earned a bachelor's degree or the equivalent.
          Belong to a faith community and be at least 30 years of age.
          Be in spiritual direction for a significant period of time.
          Be ready to engage in on-going discernment of the charisma for spiritual direction.

The tuition for the certificate program is the non-degree rate which is approximately one-third the cost for degree seeking students. Scholarships, ranging from 50% to 100% of the tuition are available to degree seeking students.  The current tuition rates are posted on the website.

For questions, contact Becky Van Ness, Director of the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction: [email protected];
(320) 363-3559.