Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree in Leadership & Formation with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation explores what it means to be
shaped into the image of Christ—not only for yourself but also for the sake of others.

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  • Lauren Wuertz
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  • 36 semester credits for degree completion
  • Fully Online
  • Access to expert caring faculty
  • Federal Financial Aid and NNU’s zero-interest monthly payment plan are available to all who qualify

Spiritual Formation

NNU’s 36-credit Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation offers a specialization in Spiritual Formation. All our degree tracks are fully online and designed for busy adults. Our programs help you succeed by completing one course at a time in as little as 21 months—and with your summers off, too!


At NNU, your Spiritual Formation courses are interwoven with a strong core in Bible, Church History, Philosophy and Theology, offering rich opportunities for you to journey through your program alongside colleagues with a shared heart for ministry while expanding your engagement with graduate students from other specializations, traditions and cultures. This combination of focus and breadth is one of many things that makes NNU's program design unique.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduation from the program, you will be able to:
  • Assess the spiritual journeys of individuals and communities to create a spiritual formation plan that stimulates growth in acts of piety and mercy, as well as inward and outward holiness
  • Practice the role of spiritual director by utilizing spiritual formation practices to a local group in your ministry context
  • Understand and develop spiritual formation practices under the supervision of a mentor that fosters personal and spiritual growth
  • Integrate the various ways spiritual formation may be part of the ministries of a local church in teaching, worship, preaching and mission

Dual Accreditation

NNU’s Graduate School of Theology is accredited by The Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools. The following degree programs are approved by The Commission on Accrediting: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry; and Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation with specializations in Missional Leadership; Spiritual Formation; and Youth, Children & Family Ministry.

Since 1930, NNU has been continuously accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, the same respected accrediting body that validates other leading educational institutions across the Pacific Northwest.

Degree Details

Master of Arts in Leadership & Formation

Fully Online

$525 per credit, with discounts and scholarships available - See All Tuition & Fee Info

Until I took my first class, I didn’t know how much I needed to study and grow theologically. After that class, I determined I never wanted to do another thing in ministry without this education. NNU’s school of theology has been here for my good!

Kalyn Vogelmann
MDiv in Missional Leadership- Spiritual Formation