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Merrimack College’s graduate degree in spirituality empowers you to explore your own journey of faith. More flexible than a traditional divinity degree or religious studies program, our master’s in spirituality features adaptable material, course electives and other options that let you bring personal meaning to the degree.
While Merrimack is a Catholic institution rooted in Augustinian theology, the spirituality master’s degree welcomes students from all faiths and spiritual traditions. In addition to religious studies, electives include subject matter from mental health, social justice, education, healing arts and other disciplines.
With small classes and six spiritual retreats, our spirituality graduate program enables you to build deep, one-on-one relationships with faculty and peers. You’ll become part of a supportive community, forming close bonds with individuals from varying ages, backgrounds and life experiences.
To accommodate students who are balancing the spirituality master’s degree with work, family and other responsibilities, Merrimack offers the program in full-time and part-time formats, with both daytime and evening class options. Generous scholarships are also available to make the spirituality degree affordable on almost any budget.
A master’s degree in spirituality prepares you for a wide variety of professional roles. You may work within a particular faith, practice a nondenominational form of spiritual counseling or find employment in a non-religious field such as social work, education, mental health or nonprofit leadership.
Merrimack’s spirituality graduate degree trains you to assist people with all manner of personal and professional challenges. You’ll be qualified to work in jobs such as:
Our Master of Arts in Spirituality takes a unique interdisciplinary approach. You’ll gain a broad perspective that draws upon many academic fields, including theology, comparative religion, philosophy, psychology and social justice.
Core coursework in the spirituality graduate degree surveys spiritual traditions, texts and practices from across the world and throughout history. Additional courses (including electives) address topics such as:
The spirituality master’s program culminates in either a master’s thesis based on original research or with explorations of related fields through electives.