About the Certificate Program
The Certificate in Christian Spirituality provides academic preparation in spirituality and a foundation for ministry, as well as opportunities for personal spiritual development. Perspectives from history, theology and spirituality assist students seeking to understand and nurture Christian spirituality. Therefore, the program is structured with courses in each of these areas and offers a formal way of integrating these perspectives.
A bachelor's degree is required so that participation in graduate-level studies will be fruitful. Prospective students should have adequate knowledge of contemporary Christian understandings (scripture, dogmatic theology and moral theology).
This program also may be taken as part of the Master of the Arts in Pastoral Ministry.
How to Apply
Each prospective student must meet the same admission requirements as those for the M.A. in Pastoral Ministry program, except that the GRE/MAT and psychological testing are not required.
History (3 credits)
History of Christian Spirituality*
Theology (6 credits)
Theology of the Spiritual Life*
Theology of Prayer
Sacraments, Worship or Ministry (one course)
Spirituality (6 credits)
Spirituality and Contemporary Culture*
Spirituality and Psychology
Courses in various spirituality traditions:
Augustinian, Benedictine, Carmelite, Franciscan,
Ignatian and The Spiritual Exercises
Integration of the Perspectives (3 credits)