The Master of Arts in Spiritual Companionship is a professional programme intended to train and empower candidates in discovering and practising the art and profession of Spiritual Companionship. Offered in collaboration with Carmelite Institute Malta, the course aims at responding to the need of ongoing formation of pastoral ministers and school religious counselors.
The different modules of the programme cover the following topics: introduction to spirituality; systematics of spirituality; dynamics of growth and maturity in the spiritual life; Christian spirituality through the ages; biblical spirituality; child and adolescent catechesis; foundations, helping skills and ethical issues of spiritual companionship; pastoral care in schools; and supervision and practicum in spiritual companionship.
The course is recommended for those wish to be involved in the spiritual formation of others by providing the service of Spiritual Companionship and Direction. It is also recommended to those engaged in pastoral ministry, particularly family and youth ministers, chaplains, spiritual directors in schools, and group leaders.
Course duration: 6 semesters part-time (evening)
Study mode: taught (2 years) and research (1 year)
Opening next: October 2022 (offered every 2 years)
Prospective students may apply for bursaries or scholarships
offered annually by the Foundation for Theological Studies, University of Malta or the Government of Malta. Upon successful completion of their studies, students may benefit from a tax credit of 70% of the full tuition fees under the Get Qualified Scheme
Recognition and Accreditation of Prior Learning (RPL):
Prospective students who have achieved expertise and skills in the past through certified or experiential learning may gain access to the course and/or gain exemptions from parts of it through the University’s RPL process
Exit Awards: Students who do not proceed with the Course shall be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate at the end of the First Year or the award of the Postgraduate Diploma at the end of the Second Year.