The MA in Applied Spirituality is a 12 month, three semester, Level 9 taught programme awarded by Waterford Institute of Technology. It brings the resources of spirituality to bear on issues about the meaning of life that come up in work settings, therapeutic settings, family settings, relationships or in the context of social issues regarding just and sustainable living. It aims to meet the needs of those with an interest in pursuing advanced study in the area of contemporary spirituality.
The programme, which will take place at Milltown Park, Dublin draws on a substantial body of literature by writers, scholars and practitioners, as well as mystics, drawn largely from Christian traditions. Other areas of study such as anthropology, psychology, sociology, science, philosophy and the arts are employed to explore the spiritual dimension of human experience and the journey of life in terms of its spiritual dimension and connection.
The programme will give opportunities for participants to consider practical issues associated with identifying and providing for one's own and others' spiritual needs / care and to do a research project.
On completion of the programme it is anticipated that the graduates will have the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to:
• Engage meaningfully in contemporary discussions of spirituality
• Critically reflect on their own role and the role of others in cultivating spiritualities that contribute constructively to society and relationships
• Accompany others on the spiritual journey as well as self-appropriate their own spiritual journey
• Successfully manage spirituality research
• Progress to PhD studies in spirituality, or to further studies in another discipline with the foundation in spirituality that this programme offers.