108 Programs of Study
2012-2013 Academic Catalog
Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation M.A.: Professional degrees
Oversight/location of the program within the School of Theology and Formation (KY) The Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation will educate and equip persons answering a call to ministry in spiritual formation. Building upon the core theological education required of all Master of Arts students, the MASF will provide focused study in scripture, theology, tradition, and practices undergirding the discipline of spiritual formation, including the ministry of spiritual direction.
Program goals Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation graduates will have a developing ability to… 1. Commit to cultivate holy love of God and neighbor demonstrated by a knowledge of and practice in the Christian disciplines including works of service, with particular attention to a Wesleyan understanding of the means of grace. 2. Articulate a knowledge of Christian Spiritual Formation based in Scripture and theology, with particular roots in classical formation literature and Wesleyan theology. 3. Integrate their knowledge of Spiritual Formation into their personal formation, with particular congruence with the holy love of God and neighbor cultivated by the Wesleyan means of grace. 4. Apply what they have integrated into their ministry specialization, with particular attention given to the social and cultural contexts of that ministry and with connection to larger global expressions.
Admission requirements and procedures Application for admission must be made on the Admissions Office form at asburyseminary.edu. 1. Baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada. Applicants whose baccalaureate degree is from a college not accredited by the recognized national or regional accrediting agency must have one complete year of work at an accredited institution before being considered for admission to Asbury Seminary. 2. Official transcripts of all postsecondary schools where more than one semester of coursework was completed sent directly by each institution to the Asbury Seminary Admissions Office. 3. A nonrefundable $50 (US) application fee that includes processing of the application and a personal background check. 4. Four references completed on the Admissions Office form at asburyseminary.edu, including a pastoral reference (required) and a professor or academic administration reference (recommended). Laity or personal acquaintances are accepted. 5. Personal history essay, addressing questions as posted at asburyseminary.edu. 6. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75/4.00 for admission in good standing. A GPA between 2.50 and 2.75 is permitted for admission on reduced load basis. The grade point average as calculated by the Admissions Office at Asbury Seminary shall be considered the official grade point average for admission. Applicants with marginal averages are urged to check with the Admissions Office.
A GPA below 2.50 requires the additional submission of a report of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT – 410 minimum score) or the general aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE – minimum 153 verbal, or minimum 500 verbal for exams taken prior to August 2011). Students needing to complete the MAT or the GRE will not be considered until the official scores are received. Information concerning these examinations is available from the Admissions Office.
The Academic Catalog of Asbury Theological Seminary 2012-2013