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Master's in Spiritual Care

Do you want to discover God’s true calling for your life in a place where you can receive the knowledge, leadership skills, and spiritual guidance to carry it through? If so, the MA in Spiritual Care at Indiana Wesleyan University was designed to help you provide spiritual guidance in a variety of settings to diverse populations. With this graduate-level spiritual care program, you can benefit from coursework that balances traditional learning with experiential opportunities. Students regularly visit locations, such as youth centers, YMCA’s, prisons, churches, and schools, to perform outreach and ministry services.

Why Pursue My Master’s in Spiritual Care at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your MA in Spiritual Care at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with experience making an impact in healthcare. We also provide student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this spiritual care program. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this MA in Spiritual Care Program?

The courses in this spiritual care program are designed to help students grow and succeed. Course topics cover formation in Christian practices, spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, and more. Through faculty teaching and hands-on experiences in spiritual care practices, students will gain the confidence and competencies to provide care from a Christ-centered perspective. Students receive 1:1 faculty support throughout their learning.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Master of Arts in Spiritual Care

Coursework for this MA in Spiritual Care program covers how to:

  • Develop a strong understanding of spiritual formation through individual and communal practices
  • Understand how to apply the most effective methods of pastoral care to individuals, families, and communities
  • Evaluate church health and develop the skills to lead healthy churches and overcome modern challenges
  • How to seek continual self-improvement in your own spiritual and personal life

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Church Leader or Director
  • Teacher
  • Church Camp Director
  • Chaplain

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements

Required Undergraduate GPA: 2.75

Graduate of an Undergraduate Ministerial Program.

Required ministerial competencies:

Pastoral Counseling and Human Services Specializations

  • Bible (6 hours of undergraduate coursework)
  • Theology and Philosophy (6 hours of undergraduate coursework)

Congregational Care Specialization

  • Bible (6 hours of undergraduate coursework)
  • Theology and Philosophy (6 hours of undergraduate coursework)
  • Christian Education (3 hours of undergraduate coursework)
  • Worship (3 hours of undergraduate coursework)
  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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