The degree requires 33 credit hours of course work. The courses are distributed so that one can finish the degree in three summers. Students are encouraged to make a personally directed retreat before or during the first year of the program. Students are required to make a personally directed retreat of eight days, under an approved director, during the program. No thesis is required, but an integrating essay of approximately 25 pages is required at the conclusion of the program.

MA, Major in Christian Spirituality course requirements (33 credits):

CSP 776Discernment Of Spirits: Theory And Practice3
CSP 760Scriptural Foundation Of Christian Spirituality3
Select one of the following:3
Liturgical Foundation Of Christian Spirituality
Doctrinal Foundation Of Christian Spirituality
Select one of the following:3
The History Of Christian Spirituality
Called To Holiness: The Christian Vocation
History of Ignation Tradition
Select one of the following:3
Prayer And Christian Spirituality
Prayer, Intimacy, And True Christian Growth
Contemplation In The Christian Tradition
Select one of the following:3
Biblical Roots For Peace And Justice Ministry
Spirituality And Social Concerns
Spirituality of Reconciliation: Global and Social Perspectives
Electives15
Total Credits33

Theology courses that may be taken for completion of CSP requirements and elective are currently cross-listed with both THL and CSP numbers. CSP students may also take a limited number of the following courses listed in the Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) program to complete their electives with permission of the directors of both CSP and MAM programs: MAM 610 Introduction to the Old Testament, MAM 620 Introduction to New Testament, MAM 650 Moral Theology and Decision Making, MAM 660 Worship, Liturgy and Sacrament, MAM 676 Theology and Catechesis, MAM 680 Ministerial Ethics and Leadership Skills, MAM 761 Historical Development of Fundamental Doctrine, MAM 780 Christian Prayer and Spirituality.