This program may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Students must select Pastoral Praxis as their area of focus. Pastoral Praxis fosters spiritual and emotional maturity for men and women desiring effective ministerial practice and authentic witness in church and society. The program combines a MA in MS as a first theological degree with the opportunity to develop skills foundational to the art of spiritual direction. The program combines courses in theological studies with a transformative method of preparation for ministry. Candidates are expected to have considerable life experience and a high level of maturity. Candidates bring a capacity for genuine self-awareness to a reflective process of supervision. These studies take place in a context of Ignatian spirituality that invites and promotes ecumenical community, effective ministerial practice and authentic witness.
The MA in MS can be taken concurrently with the Diploma in Spiritual Direction, for which a separate application is required.
Religious Heritage: 9 Units
Personal and Spiritual Formation: 3 Units
Cultural Context: 4 Units
Theological Reflection on Discipleship in Ministry: 4 units
Application materials common to all certificate programs, basic degrees, and ecclesiastical degrees (see Admissions Process), plus/and more specifically: