Master’s Degree in Spiritual Direction: Why Merrimack College?

Practical and relevant.

In Merrimack College’s spiritual direction master’s program, you’ll learn to guide people of all faiths on journeys of spiritual exploration. The program equips you with specific techniques to help people discover meaning in their lives, embrace codes of ethical behavior and exert a positive influence on their communities and environment.

Ecumenical and interfaith.

Unlike many spiritual direction training programs, our master’s degree takes an inclusive approach that applies to all faiths. Along with Catholic theology (which aligns with Merrimack’s institutional mission), the curriculum draws upon Jewish, Protestant, Muslim and Eastern spiritual traditions. Our spiritual direction program caters equally to ordained clergy and laypersons.

Collaborative and community-oriented.

Like all academic programs on Merrimack’s close-knit campus, our master’s degree in spiritual direction fosters strong relationships among classmates and faculty. You’ll belong to a welcoming community of fellow spiritual seekers who support, encourage and constructively challenge each other.


Spiritual direction can only be learned through direct, hands-on practice. Merrimack provides you with two semesters (totaling more than 100 hours) of supervised training in spiritual direction, with ongoing feedback and reflection from faculty and fellow students.

High-caliber Faculty.

Our spiritual direction master’s degree program is led by distinguished instructors who combine academic renown with years of practice as spiritual directors. You’ll learn from experts such as Father Raymond Dlugos, OSA, a psychologist and theologian; Dr. Yehezkel Landau, an internationally recognized interfaith leader, Dr. Mary Kantor, a pastoral minister and chaplain; Dr. Maria Teresa Davila, a leading Catholic Hispanic theologian; Renee Snow, MD, a psychiatrist and spiritual director; and Dr. Joseph Kelley, a leading scholar in the thought of Saint Augustine, as well as a psychologist and spiritual director.