Master of Divinity

Spirituality Specialization

This specialization will prepare students to provide more informed spiritual leadership and a more nuanced approach to the care of souls in their place of ministry. They will examine in depth the lived experience of belief, with specific attention to the exploration of spiritual teachings and devotional practices as they are understood and practiced in diverse cultural communities and historical contexts.


An integrative project or paper (normally completed in conjunction with the final course for the specialization) is required. No specialization-specific field education is required. The specialization requires the completion of CH-629: The History of Christian Spirituality plus three pertinent courses from the list below, selected in consultation with the specialization coordinator and your faculty advisor.

Please note: If ME-530, PT-550 or PT-610 is chosen, it cannot also be used to meet the M.Div. spirituality course requirement.

Required for all students:

  • CH-629: History of Christian Spirituality

One of the following:

  • CH/WO-612: History of Christian Worship
  • CH-645: Spiritual Autobiography in the Wesleyan Tradition
  • CH-736: Julian of Norwich
  • CT/SR-733: The Nones: Spirituality and Belief Beyond Religion
  • HB-760: Psalms

One of the following:

  • ED-615: Ministry with Young Adults: Intimacy, Vocation and Community
  • HM-765: Auto/biographies for Preaching
  • PC-613: Theories of Development of the Self and the Life-Cycle
  • PT-610: Spiritual Formation and Social Change
  • PT-615: Prophetic Hope and Creative Practice
  • PT/SR-635: Celtic Spirituality
  • PT/CH-755: Howard Thurman
  • WO-575: African-American Christian Worship

One of the following:

  • HM-725: Spirituality as a Foundation for Preaching
  • ME-530: Spirituality for Ministry
  • PC-756: Spiritual Dimensions of Illness and Recovery PLUS PC-772: Integrating Spirituality and Pastoral Care
  • PT-550: Spirituality
  • WO-600: Liturgical Prayer PLUS WO-525 Congregational Song
  • WO-625: Sacraments of Initiation and Eucharist


Jeffrey Jaynes