The Master of Arts in Spirituality is a professional programme intended to offer students a solid grounding in the tradition of Christian spirituality, as well as a deeper appreciation, in the General Stream, of a few other secular streams of spirituality. It also equips candidates with the skills needed to become animators of others and the discern the signs of the times. Offered in collaboration with Carmelite Institute Malta, the course allows the students to choose one of the following streams during the Second Year: General Spirituality or Carmelite Spirituality.
The different modules of the programme cover the following topics:
• First Year: introduction to spirituality; systematics of spirituality; dynamics of growth and maturity in the spiritual life; Christian spirituality through the ages; biblical spirituality.
• Second Year, Stream A (General Spirituality): major schools of Christian spirituality; spirituality of the Christian states of life; spirituality and life stages; gender spiritualities; world spiritualities; and spirituality and social commitment.
• Second Year, Stream B (Carmelite Spirituality): foundations and development of Carmelite Spirituality; Saint John of the Cross; Mystical Texts: Origen on the Song of Songs; St Theresa of Jesus; and major themes in Carmelite Spirituality.
The course is recommended for those interested in spirituality or intending to pursue ongoing personal formation. It is also recommended for those involved in formation within different religious orders and Christian communities, as well as persons committed in evangelisation, ministry and catechesis.
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, the 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.