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Courses | M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care

Below are the course requirements for this academic program. For more program details, including graduation requirements and learning outcomes, visit Biola's academic catalog.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree. Each should be a graduate from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

All applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree might relate to those objectives.

For special admission deadlines and requirements, contact Graduate Admissions. Due to the unique nature of this program, all applicants will be personally interviewed.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete 56 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum. This also includes co-curricular requirements.
  2. All TTSF courses must be completed in residency at Biola. Advanced Standing and transfer credit are not considered residency credits.
  3. Complete the online introduction to theological research methodologies by the end of the second semester.
  4. Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a "C-" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
  5. Complete the entire program in no more than five years.
  6. Meet with a graduate academic records and degree specialist in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate (See the Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).

Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
TTBE 519Old Testament Survey3
TTBE 520New Testament Survey3
TTSF 517Hermeneutics and the Word in Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 521Introduction to Christian Spirituality and Prayer3
TTSF 524History and Theory of Christian Soul Care and Direction3
TTSF 531History and Traditions of Christian Spirituality2
TTSF 532Developmental Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer3
TTSF 543Personal Foundations of Spirituality and Retreat3
TTSF 544Personality Development and Psychopathology3
TTSF 577Soul Care Pre-practicum I and Professional Ethics3
TTSF 578Soul Care Pre-practicum II and Professional Referral3
TTSF 642Spiritual Disciplines Seminar2
TTSF 645Christian Virtue and the Spiritual Disciplines3
TTSF 670Intensive Journey Inward and Retreat 14
TTSF 677Soul Care Practicum I2
TTSF 678Soul Care Practicum II2
TTSF 701Spiritual Formation Seminar2
TTTH 521Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation3
TTTH 522Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation3
TTTH 623Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things3
Co-Curricular Requirements
Contact the Institute for Spiritual Formation (ISF) for a full description of these requirements. 2
Didactic Therapy
Faculty-Student Retreats
Personal Retreats
Student Progress Assessment
Personal Spiritual Direction (must be taken every term of enrollment)
Total Credits56

Must be taken twice for a total of 4 credits to meet program requirements. It may be taken for a minimum of 1 credit and a maximum of 3 credits.


Institute for Spiritual Formation (ISF)

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