Graduate Programs in Theology & Ministry

PROGRAM DIRECTOR:  Dr. Timothy R. Carmody, Ph.D.

Christian theology is one of the oldest, richest and most challenging intellectual traditions in western culture. The classic definition of theology, "faith seeking understanding," emphasizes that this discipline is a true science, with its own criteria of analysis and critical reflection, and at the same time is based on faith, the human encounter with the mystery of God.

Spring Hill offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of all students. Programs of study are designed primarily for students who are working full time in their professions or homes: lay men and women from a variety of backgrounds including: both Catholic and Protestant clergy, religious educators, teachers, nurses, lawyers, business professionals, and pastoral ministers. The graduate programs in theology and ministry attempt to fulfill, with a special intensity, certain goals articulated in the College's Mission Statement: namely:

  • "To awaken and deepen a mature sense of faith, a reflective and personal integration of reason, faith, and justice."
  • "To develop a sense of the interrelatedness of reality and the ultimate integration of knowledge, rooted in the mystery of God and revealed in the Incarnation of the Word, Jesus Christ."

Graduate Degrees and Certificates

Spring Hill College grants three graduate degrees in theology: the M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies), the M.P.S. (Master of Pastoral Studies), and the M.A. (Master of Arts). Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree may enroll on the undergraduate level. They may pursue either the C.T.S. (Certificate of Theological Studies) or the B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in theology. Graduate level certificates are also available in the areas of Spiritual Direction/Faith Companioning and Pastoral Ministry. Most courses are offered for undergraduate or graduate credit with separate and distinct requirements for each level.

The program is comprehensive in nature. With the completion of a graduate degree in theology, students are expected to have acquired:

  • A significant body of theological knowledge
  • A well-honed set of intellectual and research skills crucial to work within the discipline of theology
  • A capacity for critical reflection on religious issues and phenomena
  • A set of general academic competencies necessary for doctoral studies and/or professional work

These programs offer the challenge of serious theological reflection as a preparation for ministry or as professional updating and personal enrichment. Courses are taught out of the Catholic tradition, from a contemporary, ecumenical perspective and have attracted students from a diversity of backgrounds: teachers, nurses, lawyers and business professionals, lay ministers, and Catholic and Protestant clergy.


The Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality is specifically designed for adults seeking to deepen their faith and to explore the vast traditions of Christian spirituality. Each June, two one-week sessions are held on the main campus in Mobile. The curriculum is designed to study a wide variety of spiritual masters and mystics, along with biblical, liturgical and social themes. To further add to the breadth of the Institute, Spring Hill faculty are joined each year by well known visiting faculty. The academic coursework is enhanced by the cultivation of a faith community, through daily liturgical prayer and personal sharing.


Spring Hill College will offer individually directed silent retreats, following the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius on our 380-acre campus in Mobile, Alabama. Participants may register for either five or eight full days of retreat. 
Ignatius House Retreat Center offers also individually directed silent retreats, following the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, July 5-14, on 20 heavily wooded acres overlooking the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs, Georgia.