Hartford Seminary

Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality

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Program of Study

 Requirements

  Admissions

BEC_2968The Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality is a pioneering program designed for those engaged in leadership roles, serving in the public or private sector, or for those who want to deepen their understanding of how to live faithfully, and with integrity, in today’s multifaith and pluralistic world. Students learn to integrate the theory and practice of leadership and spirituality in ways meaningful to everyday life. “Transformative” refers to a transformation of consciousness that is reflected in outward action, and the curriculum supports that outcome.

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The 36-credit Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality requires successful completion of the components detailed below.

Required Course – Dialogue in a World of Difference – 3 credits

This core course, required of all students enrolled in the Master of Arts degree program and offered each fall semester, is foundational to the teaching goals and curriculum at Hartford Seminary.  Team taught, the course provides an introduction to the lenses and disciplines of contextual, dialogical, and interfaith engagement and discourse.  Students are strongly urged to take the course during the first fall semester after admission to the program.

Required Course – Transformative Spirituality: Living in and Through the Spirit – 3 credits

This course will explore cosmological, mystical, and multicultural themes that are central to an emerging planetary spirituality and will show how the archetypal labyrinth can assist us in the deepening of our own spirituality.

Required Course – Field Education in Leadership/Spirituality – 3 credits

More information coming soon.

Religious Heritage – 9 credits

Students are required to take the designated number of credits in each of the areas listed below:

Sacred Scripture 3 credits
Theology OR Ethics 3 credits
History OR Religion and Society 3 credits

Focused Electives – 15 credits

Students work with their faculty advisor to select the remaining courses from the curriculum to complete their educational objectives. Elective courses must be in the areas of Arts of Ministry, Dialogue, or Worship and Spirituality.

Project in Transformative Leadership and/or Spirituality

More information coming soon.

The Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality consists of 36 credits. A minimum of 21 credits must be taken through Hartford Seminary and all degree requirements must be completed within six years.

Required Courses Dialogue in a World of Difference (DI-530) 3 credits
Field Education in Leadership/Spirituality (AM-585) 3 credits
Transformative Spirituality: Living in and Through the Spirit (WS-610) 3 credits
Religious Heritage Sacred Scripture 3 credits
Theology OR Ethics 3 credits
History OR Religion and Society 3 credits
Focused Electives Elective courses must be in the areas of Arts of Ministry (AM), Dialogue (DI), or Worship and Spirituality (WS) 15 credits
Final Requirement Project in Transformative Leadership and/or Spirituality (MA-590) 3 credits
Total Credits – 36 credits

Application deadlines:

  • July 15 for the Fall Semester; July 1 for consideration for financial aid
  • December 1 for the Winter/Spring Semester.

An applicant’s file is complete when the following items have been received by the Admissions Office:

  1. The application form and application fee of $50.
  2. A personal statement of three to four pages identifying the applicant’s personal goals for the program, his/her perceived strengths, and his/her potential areas for development.
  3. Complete official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions.
  4. Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty member of an institution from which the applicant has earned a degree or a person from the applicant’s religious community or work place who can speak to the applicant’s potential for graduate level study.

One can apply through either a paper-based or an online format, both available on our website www.hartsem.edu/admissions/apply-online/. Detailed instructions for completing the application are also provided at this link. You may also request a paper application by calling our Admissions Office at 860-509-9512.

A bachelor’s degree (or its educational equivalent) at a satisfactory level of achievement from an accredited institution is a prerequisite for admission. Admission is granted only on the basis of the terms stated in this Catalogue and in the admission letter.

Students who have previously taken graduate level courses in religion from an accredited institution may be eligible for transfer credit.

Students who have undertaken significant learning outside the context of a traditional graduate degree program may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

Readmission: Please see Readmission policy.

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