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Master of Arts in
Spiritual Formation

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation (MASF) is designed to equip persons as spiritual directors or as leaders for spiritual formation ministries in the church, community, and world.

Degree Learning Outcomes

Having completed the MA in Spiritual Formation, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry within multi-cultural and multi-faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Exhibit effective ministry skill sets related to intended areas of service.

Requirements for Graduation

Students earning the Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation must complete 55 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. More than 50% of this degree must be completed at the Ashland Campus.

Degree Design

Class Name Credit Hours
Preliminary and Summative Coursework
Step One Platform (required online, 5-wk non-credit bearing)
FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction 1 hour
FLD 6602 Field Study (2) .5 hour
FLD 6603 Field Study (3) .5 hour
FLD 6610 Field Study Capstone 1 hour
Spiritual Formation Courses
SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines 2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer 2 hours
Core Courses
BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts 3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith 3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God 3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics 3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community 3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) 3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2) 3 hours
Spiritual Formation Courses
SPF 6615 History and Literature of Christian Spirituality 3 hours
SPF 6660 Human Development and Christian Formation 3 hours
SPF 7770 Practices of Prayer 3 hours
SPF 7780 Spiritual Guidance 3 hours
SPF Elective 3 hours
SPF Elective 3 hours
Elective Courses
Open Electives 6 hours
Total Hours 55 hours

Interested?

The Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation invites you on a journey into Christlikeness in company with others to nurture intimacy with God that transforms your life in the world. Whether you seek to grow deeper in your own spiritual life or to serve others through spiritual guidance or other formational ministries, this degree will encourage you to integrate your head, your heart, and your hands.


Who to Contact

Miles Larson mlarson1@ashland.edu 419-207-6977