Spiritual Direction Intensive Program Admission Requirements

Our application asks you for contact information, your educational history, recommendations and references, and essays. You can start your application and save it at any time in the process. 

Applicants will typically have:

  • at least 2 years of experience in a ministry that requires deep contemplative listening
  • at least 2 years of contemplative practice/training
  • at least 1 year of receiving monthly spiritual direction
  • an interview with the co-directors of the Spiritual Direction Graduate Certificate program

A completed application includes:

  • Four written pieces addressing the following questions:
    1. A 2-4 page autobiographical essay addressing the following questions:
      • What are two personal or professional experiences that have led you to the decision to pursue this degree? What have you learned from each experience? How do you think they will help as you pursue this degree?
      • Please describe your faith experience or spiritual path. How has your faith experience or spiritual path affected your life story and your decision to pursue this degree?
      • What are your goals after completion of your proposed course of study?
    2. A 1-2 page essay addressing:
      • your history and experience of receiving Spiritual Direction 
      • your process of discerning your call to offer Spiritual Direction as it has unfolded over time.
    3. A description of your training in active/contemplative listening including the name of your program, the length and the year you graduated. Describe the type of practicum or internships that you were required to participate in. Name one reference person from your training program including their contact information. In what ways have you applied your training?  (e.g. meet with 3 directees for over 2 years, have a private practice of 10 hours a week etc.)
    4. A description of your history of engaging contemplative practices? What contemplative practice and/or training have you participated in/completed?  If applicable also note the length, name, year of completion and any practicums/internships.
  • Four reference names and email address: (1) a Vocational Mentor/Pastor, (2) Professor/Employer, (3) Character Reference, and (4) Spiritual Director.

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Please send the following to the address below:

Moravian Theological Seminary
Director of Enrollment
1200 Main Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended beyond high school. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 2.75 or higher. If your school sends transcripts electronically, email them to deremerd@moravian.edu.

  • Application fee of $50, which can be waived by attending an Info Session

Approved applicants demonstrate their ability to do graduate theological study in a variety of ways, including their writing, letters of recommendation, grades, and professional and life experience. If you have questions about meeting any of the requirements, contact Dave DeRemer. We look at both your past accomplishments and your potential for success.

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