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The School of Ministry offers a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction.  This program is 40 credit hours and consists of three main areas of studies.

  • Bible and Theology courses which give the student a foundational framework.
  • Spiritual Formation courses designed to encourage and assist in personal spiritual growth.
  • Spiritual Direction courses which provide hands-on supervised training in holy listening.

Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction – Program Highlights:

  • The integrative course of study in Christian spirituality based on foundational principles of Biblical interpretation, theology, and historic Christianity.
  • Students receive training in Spiritual Direction from experienced faculty within a cohort model. Cohorts meet together at a beautiful retreat setting for Spiritual Direction intensive courses.
  • A final integrative project will prepare students by summarizing the entire learning process and outlining an action plan for future development.

This program prepares students for leadership in churches and non-profit ministries. Graduates have a strong foundation in Bible and Theology, thorough knowledge of Spiritual Formation, and the skills of a Spiritual Director.

Tuition and Fees

2020-2021 Tuition:
Students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction: $526 per credit hour*

Scholarships and Financial Aid are available.

$50 application fee, $55 student fee (per semester), $30 library fee (per semester), $35 orientation fee (first semester only), $215 technology fee (per semester); $155 Graduation Fee (final semester only); $12 per transcript request

A full list of Richmont’s tuition and fees can be found here

*Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice. For a full list of possible fees, see the academic catalog

To find the estimated total cost of the program view our estimated Cost of Attendance.

Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction
Basic Degree Requirements

The basic Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction consists of 40 semester hours.
Bible, History, and Theology (12 Hours)

Semester Credit Hours

MIN5113 Hermeneutics and Exegesis


MIN5133 Church History


MIN5323 Pastoral Care


MIN6123 The Trinity


Spiritual Formation (12 Hours)

Essentials of Spiritual Formation 3
MIN5223 Practices of Spiritual Formation


MIN6213 Traditions of Spiritual Formation


MIN 6223 Application of Spiritual Formation 3
Spiritual Direction (15 Hours)
SPD7253 Perceiving a Holy Invitation


SPD7263 Preparing an Available Self


SPD7273 Developing a Listening Ear


SPD7283 Discerning and Knowing God


SPD7293 Arranging a Sacred Space 3
Capstone (1 Hour)
MIN6231 Final Integrative Project



Requirements for Admission
School of Ministry | Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction

1. Application Form and Fee

2. Essay –  Your essay should be a minimum of 500 words and approximately 2-4 pages. It will be examined to determine your writing ability and will be rated according to clarity of thought, grammar, and readability. It will also be used to learn more about you personally. Please address the following questions within your essay:

  • Describe your current sense of leading and/or call to spiritual direction.
  • As you assess where you are in your journey, describe both your strengths as well as the areas where you feel growth is most needed and desired.
  • Who has affirmed and supported you in your pursuit of further training and in what setting do you expect to serve?
  • In what ways have you provided spiritual guidance to others?

3. Résumé of professional/ministerial experience. (can be uploaded with the application form)

4. Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. In order to review your file, we must have an official transcript for every institution attended, even if any credits were transferred to another school. These can be submitted electronically to or mailed to our Atlanta Campus–1900 The Exchange SE, Building 100, Atlanta, GA 30339

5. Ministry Reference – The reference should be completed by a pastor, small group leader, missions leader, or etc. Ideally, your reference should be someone who can address your ministry involvement, whom you have served with/under or alongside in service groups or tasks. Please provide this link ( to your reference, as he or she will submit this reference on your behalf.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once an application file is complete, we will make a decision within 2-4 weeks.


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