Program Overview

The School of Spiritual Leadership

The School of Spiritual Leadership educates people in preparation to become Science of Mind & Spirit Ministers. This three- to five-year program includes a master’s in consciousness studies for those with a bachelor’s degree, or a certificate in consciousness studies for students with different academic backgrounds. The program you enter depends on whether or not you have a bachelor’s degree.

Master’s in Consciousness Studies or Certificate in Spiritual Education

The master’s degree in consciousness studies offered by Holmes Institute is a fully accredited graduate program that fosters personal growth and transformation, enhances leadership skills, explores New Thought philosophy and ignites creative expression. Taught by experts in their fields, the program includes an engaging curriculum that includes spirituality, New Thought philosophy, world religions, psychology, science/quantum physics and more. In addition to the above certificates, you will also earn a Certificate in Ministerial Education.

Key features:

  • Distance Learning – Take courses online in the comfort of your home.
  • Open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree.
  • 54 hours needed to earn the accredited master’s degree.
  • Interactive and immersive learning.

Introduction

This program examines the great wisdom of the world. Students study the world’s most influential religions, philosophy, psychology, science and spirituality, leadership and education. You will experience the same synthesis of great wisdom and universal spiritual principles that Dr. Ernest Holmes did in developing philosophy, faith, and way of life into the Science of Mind. The Holmes Institute® provides you the opportunity to study with current experts in the six disciplines.

A spiritual leadership academic program is based on the need for diverse and comprehensive education. Spiritual Leaders are expected to be conversant in a variety of topics including New Thought and the metaphysical philosophers who preceded it. You will become knowledgeable about Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sufi, Kabbalah and Classical Philosophy. You will become aware of humanistic psychology, learning theory and the latest scientific thinking that relates to spirituality.

Coursework

All Holmes Institute® courses are delivered via distance education (online). These courses provide the academic foundation in a series of theoretical courses offered by internationally known professors. Registration is done online. Students are linked to their course materials, book lists, course requirements, dates, and times for telephone conferences, etc. Direct any questions or concerns to the Administrative Registrar. Courses are comprised of 10 one-hour lectures (audio or video) and one introductory video, required textbooks, and two or three telephone conferences with the professor. These courses require one or two written essays and exams. Generally, students take two of these courses per term. Some courses are delivered in real-time.

The Holmes Institute® is open to anyone with an accredited bachelor’s degree.

Sample Tuition and Expenses

  • Application Fee: $275
  • Background check* $250
  • 17 four-credit courses at $600 each 10,200
  • 2 two-credit courses at $300 each 600
  • Other Fees and Expenses
  • Teleconference fees for campus program courses at $50 per course
  • Annual regional retreat at approximately $600 each
  • All-campus retreat at approximately $600 every other year
  • Graduation fee of $200
Estimated Expenses over a Three-Year Program

Background check*

 

$250

First Year

6 four-credit regional courses

 

3,600

1 retreat 600
 

Second Year

$4,450
6 four-credit regional courses $3,600
2 retreats 1,200
 

Third Year

$4,800
5 four-credit regional courses $3,000
2 two-credit courses 600
1 retreat 600
Graduation fee

Capstone testing fee

 

 

200

TBD

Estimated program total: $14,600 $4,400

 

All figures are estimates. Actual annual tuition and expenses may vary depending on an individual student’s timeline. Students have a minimum of two, and maximum of six, years to complete the program. Costs are subject to change and do not include the cost of books or other materials.

*The cost of a full background check is $308 for Canadian students.

Certificate in Consciousness Studies

Consciousness Studies Program

The Consciousness Studies Program content includes the study of the great wisdom of the world. Students currently study the world’s great religions, philosophy, psychology, science and spirituality, leadership, and education so that they can experience the same kind of synthesis of this great wisdom and universal spiritual principles that Dr. Ernest Holmes synthesized into the philosophy, faith, and way of life of the Science of Mind.

The School of Spiritual Leadership provides students with the opportunity to study with current experts in those six disciplines so that they, too, can experience the great wisdom of the world. The Centers for Spiritual Living is the overall organization that spreads the philosophy, the faith, and the way of life of Science of Mind throughout the world through its centers and other affiliated organizations.

Spiritual Leaders are expected to be conversant with a wide variety of topics. They must be well versed in the principles and beliefs of Religious Science and the metaphysical philosophers who preceded them. They are also expected to have some expertise in Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sufi, Taoism, Kabbalah, Classical Philosophy and Cosmology. They need to be well educated in Christianity, in all its manifestations, and are expected to be Bible scholars.

Spiritual Leaders must also be aware of humanistic psychology, learning theory, and the latest scientific thinking that relates to spirituality. A spiritual leadership academic program is based on the need for diverse and comprehensive education. A spiritual leader is also the manager in a spiritual organization. This means that there must be a background in financial management, leadership styles and concepts, administration, organization, and ecclesiastical craftsmanship.

OPEN ENROLLMENT

The School of Spiritual Leadership has an enrollment policy that allows students to enter the program at their Regional Campus at the beginning of any term. In Primary Teaching Centers the Primary Teacher determines when the class series begins.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The School of Spiritual Leadership is open to all licensed Practitioners of Centers for Spiritual Living. Professional Practitioners bring to the School of Spiritual Leadership a foundation of knowledge and a spiritual consciousness that we believe is essential to a career in a Science of Mind Ministry.

In addition, each of our successful applicants must have been an active member of a Centers for Spiritual Living Center for the previous two years, filling leadership roles as an active participant in these communities.

    1. Licensed Practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living
    2. Clear report from the background check
    3. A recommendation from a Regional Dean or Primary Teacher.
    4. Three evaluations from: senior minister, another licensed minister and either a licensed practitioner or a long time professional colleague.
    5. The language of instruction at the School of Spiritual Leadership is English. Students who are not native

English speakers first language English proficient must submit evidence of passing a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 530.

THE BASICS

DISTANCE EDUCATION

The distance education program provides the academic foundation in a series of distance delivered theoretical courses offered by internationally known professors. The registration process is administered by the Administrative Registrar, Maureen Thurston, at Centers for Spiritual Living International Headquarters in Golden, Colorado. Registration is done through online registration. The Administrative Registrar is the person who links the students to their course MP3s, book lists, course requirements, dates and times for telephone or video conferences, etc. for distance courses posted in the School of Spiritual Leadership Student Portal. Any questions or concerns are directed to the Administrative Registrar at International Headquarters.

Distance Education courses are comprised of ten one-hour lectures on MP3’s and one video, required textbooks, and two or three telephone conferences with the professor. These courses require two written essays and exams. Generally, students take two of these courses per term.

REGIONAL and PRIMARY TEACHER COURSES

The regional program provides our students with direct, hands-on application of theory and principles, taught by experienced ministers of Religious Science. This part of the program is the responsibility of the regional office OR Primary Ministerial Education Center. Registration is done online and all scheduling, course pre-requisite determination and syllabus dispersing is done by the Regional Registrar or Primary Teacher. Any questions regarding regional course work or practica need to be directed to the Regional Registrar or Primary Teacher.

Each course includes 20 hours of classroom work that uses lecture, discussion, student dialogues, reports, presentations, and problem-solving activities to prepare students to serve as ministers. Each region and center schedules courses in a different manner to meet the needs of our students. Some schedule evening classes and others schedule weekend classes. Video-conferencing may be available. Check with your Dean or Primary Teacher for information and availability.

Tuition and Expenses 2016-2017

One Time Entrance Expenses

    • Application $300.
    • Background Check $250.
    • Distance Education Courses*
    • 18 3–unit courses at $450 each/.
    • includes a $50 nonrefundable registration fee.

Regional Courses*

    • 17 4-unit courses at $600 each
    • 2 2-unit courses at $300 each
    • includes a $50 nonrefundable registration fee

Other Fees

    • Retreats: regional 1 annually at approximately $600
    • All Campus Retreat 1 every other year
    • Regional Graduation Fee $200.

ESTIMATED EXPENSES OVER A THREE YEAR PROGRAM

Application $300.

Background Check $250.

First Year

Distance ($450) 6—3 unit courses $2,700.

Regional ($600) 6—4-unit courses 3,600.

Retreats, 2 1,200.

Total $8,050.

Second Year

Distance ($450) 6—3 unit courses $2,700.

Regional ($600) 6—4-unit courses 3,600.

Retreats, 1 600.

Total $6,900.

Third Year

Distance ($450) 6—3 unit courses $2,700.

Regional ($600) 6—4 unit courses 3,000.

($300) 2—2unit courses 600.

Retreats, 2 1,200.

Total $7,500.

Graduation Fee 200.

Estimated Program Total $22,650.

Note: Actual annual tuition and expenses may vary depending on the individual student’s timeline. Students have a minimum of 2 and up to 6 years to complete this program.

Certificate in Spiritual Studies

The Spiritual Studies Program content includes the study of the great wisdom of the world. Students currently study the world’s great religions, philosophy, psychology, science and spirituality, leadership, and education so that they can experience the same kind of synthesis of this great wisdom and universal spiritual principles that Dr. Ernest Holmes synthesized into the philosophy, faith, and way of life of the Science of Mind. The School of Spiritual Leadership provides students with the opportunity to study with current experts in those six disciplines so that they, too, can experience the great wisdom of the world.

The Centers for Spiritual Living is the overall organization that spreads the philosophy, the faith, and the way of life of Science of Mind throughout the world through its centers and other affiliated organizations. Spiritual Leaders are expected to be conversant with a wide variety of topics. They must be well versed in the principles and beliefs of Religious Science and the metaphysical philosophers who preceded them. They are also expected to have some expertise in Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sufi, Taoism, Kabbalah, Classical Philosophy and Cosmology. They need to be well educated in Christianity, in all its manifestations, and are expected to be Bible scholars.

Spiritual Leaders must also be aware of humanistic psychology, learning theory, and the latest scientific thinking that relates to spirituality. A spiritual leadership academic program is based on the need for diverse and comprehensive education. A spiritual leader is also the manager in a spiritual organization. This means that there must be a background in financial management, leadership styles and concepts, administration, organization and ecclesiastical craftsmanship.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The School of Spiritual Leadership is open to all licensed Practitioners of Centers for Spiritual Living. Professional Practitioners bring to the School of Spiritual Leadership a foundation of knowledge and a spiritual consciousness that we believe is essential to a career in a Science of Mind Ministry.

In addition, each of our successful applicants must have been an active member of a Centers for Spiritual Living Center for the previous two years, filling leadership roles as an active participant in these communities.

    1. Licensed Practitioner with Centers for Spiritual Living
    2. Clear report from the background check
    3. A recommendation from a Regional Dean or Primary Teacher.
    4. Three evaluations from: senior minister, another licensed minister and either a licensed practitioner or a long time professional colleague.
    5. The language of instruction at the School of Spiritual Leadership is English. Students who are not native
    6. English speakers first language English proficient must submit evidence of passing a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 530.

HOW TO APPLY

All application documents and check in the amount of $550 are to be sent directly to: Administrative Registrar, Centers for Spiritual Living, 573 Park Point Drive, Golden, CO 80401, 720-279-8992.

    1. Contact the administrative registrar to discuss the program, receive your application materials and review the admission process.
    2. Complete application packet, enrollment agreement and background check, and send both documents plus a check in the amount of $550 to the administrative registrar. During the admissions process, students are required to submit a copy of a government-issued photo identification for their file (e.g., driver’s license, passport, etc.).
    3. Send out evaluation requests to be completed by your minister and additional references.
    4. A recommendation from the Regional Dean or Primary Teacher.
    5. Request official transcripts from your previously attended schools.
    6. NOTE: If the transcript is not in English, it must be submitted through World Education Services’ ICAP services; the student must pay the evaluation fee required by WES.
    7. Locate and include a copy of your current Practitioner license.
    8. Turn in all documentation to the administrative registrar before the admission deadlines.

Sample Tuition and Expenses 2016-2017

One Time Entrance Expenses

    • Application $300.
    • Background Check $250.

Distance Education Courses*

    • 10 3–unit courses at $450 each/ .
    • includes a $50 nonrefundable registration fee.

Regional Courses*

    • 17 4-unit courses at $600 each
    • 2 2-unit courses at $300 each
    • includes a $50 nonrefundable registration fee

Other Fees

    • Retreats: regional 1 annually at approximately $600
    • All Campus Retreat 1 every other year
    • Regional Graduation Fee $200.

ESTIMATED EXPENSES OVER A THREE YEAR PROGRAM

Application $300.

Background Check $250.

First Year

Distance ($450) 4—3 unit courses $1,800.

Regional ($600) 7—4-unit courses 4,200.

Retreats, 2 1,200.

Total $7,750.

Second Year

Distance ($450) 3—3 unit courses $1,350.

Regional ($600) 7—4-unit courses 4,200.

Retreats, 1 600.

Total $6,150.

Third Year

Distance ($450) 3—3 unit courses $1,350.

Regional ($600) 6—4 unit courses 3,600.

($300) 2—2unit courses 600.

Retreats, 2 1200.

Total $6,750.

Graduation Fee 200.

Estimated Program Total $20,850.

Note: Actual annual tuition and expenses may vary depending on the individual student’s timeline. Students have a minimum of 2 and up to 6 years to complete this program