The Master of Arts in Practical Theology (M.A.) is a professional theology degree for those who have been called to specialized ministry settings. This program underscores the importance of the application of theology to everyday life and ministry. Spiritual formation, coursework, research and internships will help you develop practical solutions to ministry challenges.
Length: 48 credit hours. Students typically complete this degree in two and a half to four years. The program must be completed within five years. Students may begin the program in August, October, January, March, May or June.
Format: Courses are delivered entirely face-to-face, entirely online, online with a weeklong or weekend on-campus modular component, or a through a blend of these three options.
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Features: The M.A. is available in five concentrations.
The School of Divinity is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Our fully online Master of Arts in Practical Theology and Master of Divinity degrees are offered as approved exceptions to the ATS Educational Standard, sections ES.2.1.1, ES.4.2.6, and ES.4.2.19; and section 3.1 of Standards A and B.
Graduates of this program will:
Experience holistic formation with emphasis on Christ-like character and spiritual vitality.
Develop competence in biblical literacy and interpretation, the history of Christianity and theological reflection from a Renewal perspective.
Prepare for Christ-centered leadership in the education, training and development of communities served.
Enhance their global competence for balanced understanding, practice and participation in diverse contemporary contexts of life.
Advance their proficiency in the content, theory and practice of ministry.
Students in the M.A. program take 18 credit hours of "context" courses, 15 credit hours of "perspectives" courses, 12 credit hours of "concentration" courses and a 3-credit-hour supervised ministry experience.
|UNIV LIB Library Info Research & Writing||0 credits|
|ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing||0 credits|
|SFRM 501 Spiritual Formation Foundations||3 credits|
|BIBL 504 Biblical Hermeneutics||3 credits|
|BOTB 500 Old Testament||3 credits|
|BNTB 500 New Testament||3 credits|
|HCHT History of Christianity (choose 1 of 4)||3 credits|
|THEO 500 Christian Theology||3 credits|
|One Intercultural Elective||3 credits|
|ICSD 500 World Christian Perspectives, ICSD 521 World Religions, ICSD 531 Theology of Global Missions or ICSD 545 Cross-Cultural Communication|
|Three Interdisciplinary Electives||6 credits|
|One BIBL, BNTB, or BOTB course (Biblical Studies), one HCHT course (History), and one THEO course (Theology)|
|One Ministerial Leadership Elective||3 credits|
|PMIN 501 Leadership in Church & Ministry, PMIN 524 Preparation of Biblical Messages, PMIN 525 Pulpit Ministry or THEO 522 Christian Ethics|
|Concentration Courses||12 credits|
|Supervised Ministry Experience||3 credits|
|Read course descriptions and more detailed program information in Regent's academic catalog.|