Master of Arts in Spiritual Guidance


Hybrid: Face-to-Face/Online

With a Master of Arts in Spiritual Guidance degree from Sofia University, you will have the ability to become a spiritual guide/director or enhance the professional career you already have in counseling, psychotherapy and other related fields.


Here’s what this program offers you:

  • Dynamic online learning integrated with week-long intensives
  • Non-denominational spiritual orientation
  • A comprehensive master’s thesis project
  • Practicum and internship training
  • Mentoring by multi-faith faculty
  • Grounding in psychological theory
  • Preparation for a career in spiritual guidance/direction that can be applied in various ways: hospital care for patients and family, education, grief and hospice work, group facilitation, body work, and healing arts 

Program Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited school, with 3.0 GPA
  • Foundational psychology course(s) may be required by the program chair
  • Three sessions with an approved spiritual guide

For more information, contact Sofia University Admissions at (888)-98-SOFIA(76342) or


Financial Aid

Required Coursework

Spiritual Guidance Skills

Introduction to Spiritual Guidance
Right Relationships in Spiritual Guidance
Marketing Spiritual Guidance
Practicum I: Beginning Spiritual Guidance
Practicum II: Intermediate Spiritual Guidance Skills
Practicum III: Advanced Spiritual Guidance Skills
Internship I, II and III: Supervised Professional Practice

Psychology Skills

Intro to Jung for Spiritual Guidance
Lifespan Development
Psychosynthesis I and II
Cultural Diversity for Spiritual Guidance
Spiritual Guidance, Sexuality and the Divine Erotic

Inner Development for Spiritual Guidance

Spiritual Practice I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII
Group Process I and II

Scholarship and Research

Transpersonal Theory and Research
Thesis Project Preparation
Thesis Writing and Critical Thinking
Thesis Project Completion

Total Required Units: 54

NOTE: During the program, students are required to receive 30 hours of personal spiritual guidance and 20 hours of personal therapy. In addition, a course in World Religions is required prior to Year 2 for students who have not already completed it.