Master of Arts
(Practical Theology)

A graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts (Practical Theology) (MAPT) is a person who will experience how the strong work of sound biblical and theological study meets the practice of doing ministry. Our Master of Arts (Practical Theology) prepares students for ministry in church and para-church organizations with a solid foundation and practical application. Check here for the MAPT Student Learning Outcomes.

Take a look at the degree worksheets for the various concentrations available within the Master of Arts (Practical Theology) program.

MAPT Videos

Nate Bebout

As a college minister, Nate works with students who are grasping for God’s plan for their life and are often lost in uncertainty and crisis. ATS has empowered him to be confident in the Spirit’s leading as he points these students toward Christ.

Dustin White

Connecting with the urban homeless, sharing life with Hispanic immigrants, and figuring out church-planting are all part of Dustin's daily life but are not part of most institutions’ catalogues. ATS went out of the way to connect coursework to Dustin's context and equip him for daily ministry.

Jamie White

Jamie wasn’t sure if seminary education was right for her, but she was thrilled to find out that ATS was willing to cater a degree towards her specific giftings and ministry calling.


The Master of Arts (Practical Theology) degree invites you on the same spiritually formative journey as our other programs, but with a focus on competency in a specialized area of ministry. Worship pastors, chaplains, evangelists, educators, and missionaries may find this to be the perfect program to enhance their knowledge and skills. Men and women from traditions that do not require a Master of Divinity may find the MAPT to be all they need to take their ordained ministry to the next level.

Who to Contact

Miles Larson 419-207-6977