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Master of Arts in Practical Theology
The M.A. in Practical Theology is a 48-credit hour professional degree for those who have been called to specialized ministry settings. The heart of this program is to understand from a Biblical perspective that theology is intensely practical in its application. Further, this program underscores the importance of balanced reasoning informed by Scripture, which precedes and inspires works of effective ministry. Spiritual formation, coursework, research, and supervised ministry experiences are directed toward the development of practical solutions to ministry challenges. It accommodates a diverse group of experienced ministry professionals, academic scholars and others seeking to continue or advance education through a nationally recognized graduate degree.
This degree will provide relevant studies of Scripture and ministry foundations for pastors, staff ministers, missionaries, military personnel and other professionals pursuing graduate level training. It is an excellent preparation for anyone aspiring to leadership-service positions within the church, the church staff or within non-profit organizations, e.g., Christian educator director, minister to youth, or staff pastoral counselor. Also, the program is ideal for ordination preparation for some churches and denominations.
The MA in Practical Theology degree program is offered on the Virginia Beach campus or in a distance program consisting of a combination of online and on-campus modular courses. The online program requires that 18 credit hours be completed on the Virginia Beach campus and the remaining 30 credit hours may be completed online.
The goals of this program are to:
- Advance students' level of proficiency in the content, theory, and practice of ministry;
- Provide an education experience that supports students' holistic formation with emphasis on Christ-like character and spiritual vitality;
- Enable students to develop competencies in Biblical literacy and interpretation, the history of Christianity, and theological reflection from a Renewal perspective;
- Prepare students for Christ-centered leadership in the education, training, and development of communities in which they serve;
- Enhance the global competence of students for balanced understanding, practice, and participation in diverse contemporary contexts of life.
The M.A. in Practical Theology is available in four different concentrations:
- Church & Ministry
Provides a wide range of classes covering the theology and practice of ministry in both church and para-church settings. Courses vary by semester and include Pastoral Theology, Women in Ministry, and Foundation for Ministry Coaching.
- Intercultural Studies
Designed to enhance the global competence of students and to prepare them for serving in a diverse range of cultural contexts. Courses vary by semester and include History of Global Missions, Cross-Cultural Communication, and African Pentecostal Theology.
- Interdisciplinary Studies
Students can choose courses from across the disciplines represented within the School of Divinity in order to tailor a program concentration to their individual academic and ministry interests. In addition, it is possible to take up to two courses from another graduate school within Regent University so students can develop other skills and perspectives that will enhance their ministry preparation.
- Worship & Renewal
Designed for students who desire to deepen their theological, historical, and practical understanding of worship and renewal, this concentration includes Worship: Biblical Perspectives; Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs; Contemporary Worship; and the Worship Leader.