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Institute of Pastoral Studies

Spiritual Direction

IPS offers two 6-course, 18-hour Graduate Certificate Programs in Spiritual Direction suited to applicants with a masters degree in theology, ministry, or psychology. 

IPS offers two Graduate Certificate Programs in Spiritual Direction.


General Program

IPS offers a 6-course, 18-hour Graduate Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction suited to applicants with an academic background in Theology or Psychology. The GSD Certificate Program prepares individuals for the specialized ministry of spiritual direction under the model of ongoing spiritual direction. Applicants must hold a masters degree in theological or ministerial studies, or a masters degree in psychology, counseling, or psychiatric social work.

Program: 18 Credit Hours. Six courses (each 3 hrs.), including a two-semester supervised Practicum, plus four units (semesters) of non-credit personal spiritual direction.

* For Personal Spiritual Direction the following Confirmation Form must be returned to Susann Ozuk for your file in each of 4 semesters: Spiritual Direction Semester Confirmation Form

Applicants with a masters degree in theological or ministerial studies will complete the above series of courses for the Certificate.

Applicants with a masters degree in psychology, counseling, or psychiatric social work must provide evidence of having completed prerequisite courses in Bible and Theology, typically a 3-hr. course in Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament) or New Testament, and a 3-hr. course in foundational theology. Applicants from the psychology or counseling fields who have not completed courses in biblical and theological foundations prior to application can complete these courses at IPS (see IPS 416 or 417 in Bible, and IPS 531 in Theology which are offered in each academic year). Typically, applicants from the psychology field will be exempted from IPS 555 (Human Person and Psychological Development) and substitute an elective course to complete the 18 hr. Graduate Certificate Program. A biblical or theological foundations course can substitute for IPS 555 in these cases.


Ignatian Exercises Program (IEP)

IPS offers a 6-course, 18-hour Graduate Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). This certificate program is suited to applicants who desire training in spiritual direction as well as knowledge and practical skill in directing the Spiritual Exercises. Applicants must have a masters or other advanced degree in theology or ministerial studies, or a masters or other advanced degree in psychology, counseling, or psychiatric social work.

Note: In addition to the IPS application, applicants to the Graduate Certificate/IEP specialization must also complete an IEP Application, the IEP Recommendation Form, and an admission interview with the IEP director to begin to discern the charism for giving the Spiritual Exercises.

IEP Program: 18 Credit Hours. Six courses (each 3 hrs.), including a two-semester supervised Practicum, plus four units (semesters) of non-credit personal spiritual direction are required for the Graduate Certificate in the Ignatian Exercises Program.

* For Personal Spiritual Direction the following Confirmation Form must be returned to Susann Ozuk for your file in each of 4 semesters: Spiritual Direction Semester Confirmation Form

Applicants with a masters degree in theology or ministerial studies will complete the above series of courses for the Certificate.

Applicants with a masters degree in psychology, counseling, or psychiatric social work must provide evidence of having completed prerequisite courses in Bible and Theology on the masters level, typically a 3-hr. course in Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament) or New Testament, and a 3-hr. course in foundational theology. Applicants from the psychology or counseling fields who have not completed courses in biblical and theological foundations prior to application can complete these courses at IPS (see IPS 416 or 417 in Bible, and IPS 531 in Theology which are offered in each academic year).

Note: IEP students must have made the complete Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola within 5 years of commencing the IEP.  IEP candidates that have not made the complete Spiritual Exercises in either the 30-day/one-month or the 30-week/19th Annotation retreat (aka. “The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life”) formats must do so before the Ignatian Exercises Practicum year (the last year of the program).   Arrangements for the 30-day or 30-week experience of the Spiritual Exercises will be made in consultation with the IEP Director. The experience of the 30-day or 30-week version of the complete Spiritual Exercises will count for 2 units (semesters) of required non-credit Personal Spiritual Direction in the IEP (see this curriculum requirement above).  To meet the requirement of the two remaining units, IEP candidates will meet with a personal spiritual director in ongoing spiritual direction during the program.

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