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2 years ~ Evenings & Weekends ~ Full-time enrollment, 12 hours per semester

48 Credit Hours ~ Part-time options available

The MSF is a 48-hour degree that engages the theology and practice of Christian spirituality and spiritual direc­tion. The MSF is designed for students who wish to explore the spiritual tradition of the Christian path as well as for lay and ordained ministers seeking to develop skills in spiritual direction.

This degree allows students to specialize in Healthcare Chaplaincy, Spiritual Direction, or Spiritual Formation tracks.  Students take all of their required courses with their MSF peers while using elective courses for the tracks.

MSF Program Goals

Through core courses in Biblical studies, history, theology, and ethics, as well as an in-depth study of issues in and approaches to spiritual direction and formation, students will achieve objectives in three areas:

  • Being: increase self-awareness and develop habits of reflection that will further personal spiritual formation and/or professional development  as a spiritual director. Students will show evidence of growth in this area by completing a minimum of six spiritual direction sessions and submitting a reflection essay on their personal and spiritual growth.
  • Knowing: The student will demonstrate proficient knowledge of the canonical areas, with particular attention to Anglican and Episcopal perspectives.
  • Doing: They will be prepared to exercise leadership in the church and in the public square, bringing the tradition to bear on the challenges of the contemporary world as they proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ and carry out Jesus’ ministry of healing and reconciliation.


Discerning students are encouraged to use the links provided below to schedule a visit or to speak directly with one of Southwest’s enrollment managers.



Grayson Dail, Enrollment Manager
[email protected]

Admission Policy

Please click here to read Southwest’s admission policy in the 2021-22 Course Catalog.

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