Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality

72 credits, 3 years

The Master of Arts in Transforming Spirituality (MATS) degree balances the Christian tradition and the student’s specific faith tradition, with an openness to the wisdom of the world’s spiritual beliefs and practices. The degree prepares students for leadership in diverse spiritual and religious contexts. Within ecumenical and interfaith communities, students explore spiritual resources and practices to understand contemporary expressions of spirituality in religion and culture. Students choose between two tracks: Studies in Spirituality and Spiritual Direction.

Degree Options 

Studies in Spirituality SpecializationStudents take courses in spirituality, theology and psycho-spiritual development and choose elective classes that will enhance their vocational and ministerial goals.

Spiritual Direction SpecializationStudents explore the history of spiritual practices, learn how to facilitate retreats and develop skills for spiritual companionship. Admission in this specialization requires demonstrated readiness and a consultation with faculty during the course The Art of Spiritual Direction.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, MATS students will be able to:

  • Interpret spiritual experiences as they are informed by theological and historical understandings, lived praxis and social contexts.
  • Create a working description of spirituality drawing critically and constructively on spiritual/religious wisdom traditions and contemporary experience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be a responsive, discerning listener who can enter another’s worldview, while remaining grounded in an understanding of self as human, minister, and leader.
  • Articulate and live from an understanding of the self as human, minister, and leader
  • Synthesize and present one's understanding of spirituality drawing upon course work, theological understandings, spiritual practices and one's own life experiences.


Please reach out to Jean Adler Stean, Assistant Director of Admissions & Student Services at or 206-296-5333.

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