Spiritual Formation, M.A. Degree

Our Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation provides the theological foundation and practical ministry tools to enrich your ability as a wise spiritual guide. If you feel called to support others in their personal faith journeys, this master’s program centered around Christian spirituality can further your calling.



Northeastern Seminary offers this spiritual formation program online or through classes in Rochester, New York. Students could also earn their Certificate in Spiritual Direction as part of this master’s degree.

Nurture Christian Spiritual Formation

A Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation gives you the time, space, and opportunity to embark on a personal journey of interpreting God’s presence in the world while building the expertise needed to foster spiritual experiences for othersa vital skill for church leaders building a congregational community. It is also a crucial component in becoming a Christian mentor, finding the strength to advocate for justice, and asking difficult questions about who we are as a global Church. 

Our Spiritual Formation Master’s degree would benefit the careers of Christian leaders interested in fostering Christian spirituality as part of their ministries. In addition, Christian professionals including educators, counselors, and social workers could find their professions illuminated by this transformative degree. 

We strive to offer our degree programs in flexible formats to suit our students’ busy lives. Whether in Rochester or online, this 44-credit spiritual formation degree can be completed in as few as two years.  There is also the option to attend Northeastern Seminary full-time or part-time to balance career and family responsibilities. 

As part of your degree, you will inquire about your own experiences of Christian spirituality, how the Church has fostered spiritual formation through its history, and how to foster practical ministry skills. Additionally, the program specifically aims to develop your abilities to: 

  • Grow in formative dispositions in imitation of Christ
  • Gain understanding of a variety of resources for and experiences of classic Christian spiritual practices (e.g. communal worship, scripture meditation, retreat, journaling, service, Sabbath, spiritual direction, etc.)
  • Theologically reflect on and articulate the relationship between human and Christian spirituality
  • Assess the formational impact of personal and communal events, traditions, and dispositions in nurturing or hindering spiritual formation
  • Appreciate distinctions between and see the unity in diverse forms of Christian spirituality across times and cultures

Spiritual Formation courses include “Exploring Personal and Spiritual Faith Development”, “Social Justice and Spirituality”, and “Christian Faith: A Global Survey”.

Explore the Curriculum

Upcoming Class Starts

  • Monday, January 24, 2022 | Spring Session 
  • Monday, May 30, 2022 | Summer Session
  • Monday, August 29, 2022 | Fall Session
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Seminary class size

Class Size

Under 25 Students

Meet a Faculty Member

Dr. Rebecca Letterman

Rebecca Letterman, Ph.D.
Professor of Spiritual Formation

Dr. Letterman began her formal Christian spiritual formation studies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with Dr. Adrian van Kaam, founder of the field of Formative Spirituality, and his colleague Dr. Susan Muto. After completing an Advanced Certification Program in Formative Spirituality, Dr. Letterman served at the academy as an adjunct teacher in the program and recently coauthored with Dr. Muto a basic introduction to van Kaam’s work. Read more...


Why Northeastern Seminary?

All of our master’s programs at Northeastern Seminary balance coursework that fits your personal ministry context alongside courses providing a foundational understanding of biblical and historical Christianity through our Seminary-wide curriculum The Great Conversation. With a 13:1 faculty-student ratio and personalized academic advising, we ensure that you are well-supported through your seminary experience. We are very familiar with providing an immersive online seminary experience and assisting students connected with the military through their program. Nourish your calling through a master’s degree program at Northeastern Seminary.


Tools for Success

You will find support to achieve your vocational and academic goals throughout your Seminary journey.

Seminary Learning Center

Learning Center

writing assistance, disability services, individualized academic support

Seminary I.T. Helpdesk

I.T. Helpdesk

available 24 hrs/day

Seminary Advising

Academic Advising

course schedule planning for graduation, vocational placement and mentoring

Seminary Library

Golisano Library

research and classroom resources


Learn More About Northeastern Seminary

During your Master’s in Spiritual Formation degree, you will develop an understanding of spirituality in Christian communities and the practical skills needed to foster spiritual formation in others. If you are interested in this seminary experience through online courses or in Rochester, we encourage you to request information below or contact us at admissions@nes.edu.

Contact Seminary Admissions

Speak With Our Team

Contact 585.594.6802 or admissions@nes.edu to connect with an admissions representative.