The MDiv in Spiritual Direction program will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for effectively practicing spiritual direction in both one-on-one and group settings along with generalized training for congregational pastoral care. The degree involves a partnership between United and St. Catherine University, utilizing the St. Kate’s Spiritual Direction Certificate courses as concentration courses for an MDiv from United. You will engage in theological study, leadership training, and spiritual formation as you prepare for a career providing soul care and spiritual guidance for others.
If you would like to focus on spiritual direction without pursuing ministerial training or ordination, check out the MAL in Spiritual Direction.
This degree program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in:
St. Kate’s Spiritual Direction certification courses are taken at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The remaining classes in this program can be taken via distance learning if you choose.
In addition to achieving the core MDiv degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the Master’s in Spiritual Direction degree program will be able to:
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Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation
Hebrew Bible 2: Contextualized Interpretation
New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation
New Testament 2: Four Gospels
Religious and Theological Interpretation
History of Christian Theologies
History of Modern Theologies
Comparative Religious Ethics
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Organizational Leadership and Administration
|Arts and Theology||1||
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
|Social Transformation||1||Leadership and Strategies for Social Change|
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|Vocational Contextualization & Skills||9||
Preaching and Your Public Voice
Two United electives†
Introduction to Spiritual Direction* (2 credits)
Foundational Issues in Spiritual Direction* (2 credits)
The Art of Discernment* (2 credits)
Spirituality and Life Stages* (2 credits)
History of Spirituality I* (4 credits)
History of Spirituality II* (4 credits)
Spiritual Direction Practicum* (4 credits)
|* Consortium courses taken through St. Catherine University.
† THEO 6992 Soul Care for Lay and Ordained Ministers* (2 credits) may substitute for one United elective.
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