SpIRE Spirituality Institute

MA in Applied Spirituality

The MA in Applied Spirituality 2017/2018, awarded by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), will take place in Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

For information on the schedule and modules for the MA:

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MA in Applied Spirituality

The MA in Applied Spirituality, awarded by Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), will take place in Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. This MA is unique and has been described as “world-leading”.

As well as the class-contact time for the delivery of modules, there are also 10 meetings with a spiritual director spread throughout the year and arranged between you and your spiritual director (we have a list of recognised spiritual accompaniers and will assist you in choosing one) and three meetings in triads (groups of 3) in the first and second semesters for the purpose of personal and theoretical integration regarding the programme.

Time also needs to be set aside for a series of meetings with your research supervisor once you start work on your research dissertation in January and for the likelihood of interviewing a small sample of people to gather data from lived experience for the dissertation. While the classes finish in May, assignments continue until the end of July.

Unique Aspects of the Programme
The teaching and learning associated with the programme has four unique aspects:

  • Participants learn about spirituality as a new higher education discipline, which is also playing an increasingly important role in diverse professions, and every field of study.
  • Personal Skills and Personal Practice are integrated with theoretical foundations
  • Programme Participants are guided and supported in the critical self-appropriation of their own spiritual journey
  • Research is integrated into the programme methodology and is informed by the methods of contemplative inquiry

A few testimonies from graduates

“This course was just what I was looking for. I had just retired (as a school principal) and was looking for a programme that could help me to explore and deepen my spirituality. A wonderful and unique aspect of the programme is that is gave me a solid academic foundation and, at the same time, allowed me to look deeply into the inner landscape of my soul. The applied, contemplative focus of the course has challenged me to live with greater authenticity”.

“I applied for the MA after many years of restless seeking. I had been through many life crises and in spite of huge resistance I finally listened to the call of my heart to pursue formal study in the field of spirituality. I could not have anticipated the gift that this course would become in my life”.

“It is a gem of a course, combining so well action and contemplation, personal development and academic study and research. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to be part of it this year”.

“It was truly a remarkable experience and I feel very blessed to have been a small part of it”.