Diploma in Spiritual Direction (for Basic Degree Students)

The Diploma in Spiritual Direction (Dip. SD) awarded by Regis College is a program for women and men interested in pursuing the ministry of spiritual direction rooted in Ignatian Tradition. The diploma is done conjointly with the M.A. in M.S. or the M.Div. program, recognizing that rigorous academic, theological training, combined with a transformative method, equips spiritual directors with the self-awareness, affective freedom, and intellectual flexibility required to accompany the spiritual journeys of women and men from diverse cultures and religious traditions.



Program Outline 

The Diploma in Spiritual Direction is designed for those who have completed an initial period of discerning a potential involvement in this ministry as well as experienced spiritual directors who seek ongoing professional development. The program is a process of formation which requires candidates to have considerable life experience, a high level of maturity and the capacity for genuine self-awareness. The Diploma in Spiritual Direction may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.


The academic courses are integrated through a two-phase practicum in the ministry of spiritual direction. Ten course units of study are ordinarily completed over at least one full academic year. Eight courses, including a supervised pastoral component are required; two or three are electives (depending on the selection of RGP3272H or RGP3212Y below).


The practicum requirements: ongoing personal spiritual direction and a supervised practicum (RGP3269H) that involves an eight-month practice of spiritual direction with supervision, a 20-page integrative theological reflection paper and a pastoral competency interview.


Pastoral Study:  4–5 Units

RGP3688H           Integration for Ministry II

RGP3214H           Spirituality and Culture

RGP3281H           Religious Experience in World Religions

RGP3272H           The Spiritual Journey (1 unit) or RGP3212YS Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (2 units)

 Moral Theology: 1 Unit

RGT1905H           Introduction to Theological Ethics and Moral Theology

Elective: 2–3 Units

Students select two or three electives which are related to scripture, spirituality, history, prayer, human growth and development, or psychotherapy and spiritual direction.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for entry to the Diploma of Spiritual Direction, applicants must:

  • Have been accepted into either the MA in MS or M.Div at Regis College
  • Have received two years of spiritual direction and completed an eight-day retreat in the Ignatian tradition.
  • Completed four units in either the MDiv (including RGP1621H Ignatian Foundations for Mission and Ministry, RGP3661HS Practicum in Spiritual Direction, and RGP3248YF Retreat in Everyday Life) or MAinMS (including RGP3687HF Integration for Ministry I, RGP3661HS, and RGP3248Y)
  • Submit two referee evaluations
  • Submit a statement of intent
  • Complete a self-evaluation
  • Complete and submit their discernment paper from RGP3248Y
  • Undertake a police check (applicants may submit a previously completed police check if it was valid within the last 5 years)
  • Schedule and attend an admissions interview with the Program Director (Sr. Maureen Baldwin, maureen.baldwin@utoronto.ca)


If you are not already a student in the MA in MS or M.Div program at Regis College, find out more about how to apply for these Basic Degree programs:



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Complete application packages should be submitted by e-mail to the Program Director, Sr. Maureen Baldwin – maureen.baldwin@utoronto.ca