Advanced Certificate in Spiritual Direction

This program is offered online or on campus.

The advanced certificate in spiritual direction program is designed to identify the participant's potential for becoming a spiritual director, to assist the participant in discerning a call to this ministry, to formulate a model of spiritual direction and chaplaincy, and to develop the specific skills required to serve as a spiritual director. Graduates of the program serve as high school and college campus ministers, retreat directors, and spiritual directors.

Program Highlights

  • Learn with our renowned faculty and international students from more than twenty countries.
  • Training features both cognitive and applied learning, and includes resource gathering, modeling, discerning, practicing, demonstrating, case preparation, mentoring, reflecting, researching, writing, and supervised fieldwork.

Program Basics

  • The curriculum requires satisfactory completion of 6 courses (18 semester credits).
  • All courses can be completed online, on campus, and hybrid.


  • Spiritual director or companion
  • Retreat Direction
  • Pastoral ministry
  • Chaplaincy
  • Prison Ministry
  • Campus ministry
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