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The Master of Arts in Spirituality consists of 32 credit hours.

Required Core Courses (4 courses)

  • RTS5010- Introduction to Spirituality
  • RTS5020- Christian Spirituality
  • RTS5030- Spirituality and Social Justice
  • RTS5040- Spirituality in a Religiously Diverse World

Seminar in the Spiritual Life

  • RTS5600- An 8-credit intensive two-semester seminar course addressing basic skills and ethics that are foundational for the spiritual life.

Elective Courses (8 elective credits)

  • 4 credit courses from other Merrimack graduate programs (see below*)
  • RTS5700- 4 credit Master’s Thesis and Seminar
  • RTS5650- Practicum in Spiritual Direction (two-semester eight credit course; the practicum is required for MA in Spiritual Direction as noted below, but an option for the MA in Spirituality)

Credit Summary:

  • 16 core-course credits
  • 8 credits in Seminar
  • 8 elective credits
  • 32 total credits

*Suggested elective courses from other Merrimack graduate programs that could add to the skill set of students in the proposed MA in Spirituality:

(in consultation with Prof. Azara Santiago, Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program):

  • SC 502G- Diversity and Culture in Counseling (fall)
  • MHC 506G- Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling (summer)
  • MHC 510G- Trauma (fall)
  • SC 5050- Human Growth and Development (summer)
  • MHC 505G- Positive Psychology (spring)