Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction

The purpose of the DMin in Spiritual Direction program is to provide working pastors and other vocational ministers who have already attained the MDiv (or equivalent) knowledge and skills required for effectively practicing spiritual direction in both one-on-one and group settings along with advanced formational and leadership training.

This program may be a good fit for you if you are interested in:

  • Pursuing a vocation in spiritual direction in addition to an existing congregational context
  • Pursuing a career in spiritual direction outside of the traditional church setting


Concentration Learning Outcomes

In addition to achieving the core DMin degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the DMin in Spiritual Direction program will be able to:

  • articulate the role of discernment in spiritual direction/companionship;
  • apply deep listening, their way of knowing, and their spiritual life to the use of discernment models used to guide others to go deeper into personal and communal wholeness and healing;
  • articulate the historical, theological, and spiritual foundations of spiritual direction/companionship;
  • apply deep listening, evocative questions, presence, silence, compassion, and empathy to the soul care and spiritual guidance of others;
  • articulate the historical, theological, spiritual, and ethical foundations of spiritual direction/companionship;
  • effectively participate in a one-to-one spiritual direction/companionship session;
  • effectively lead a group spiritual direction/companionship session; and
  • effectively teach a contemplative spiritual practice.


United’s DMin at a Glance

  • 36 credits
  • Eight 4-credit courses plus a 4-credit dissertation
  • Can be completed in four years if you take a full-time course load (12 credits per year) and complete your dissertation in a little over a year
  • Three Spiritual Direction concentration classroom courses are only offered synchronously; all other courses can be taken completely asynchronously


Program Guide Sheet

Formation 1 The Formed and Transformed Leader
Contextualization 1 Engaging a Multifaith World
Leadership Capacity
The Art of Discernment
DMin Spiritual Direction/Companionship 1
DMin Spiritual Direction/Companionship 2
DMin Spiritual Direction Practicum (2 terms)
One DMin level course or independent study
Integration 2
Research Tools and Proposal
DMin Dissertation


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