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Master of Arts in
Practical Theology

Doing ministry together

Purpose

The Master of Arts in Practical Theology (MAPT) is designed to equip graduates for effective ministry and competent leadership primarily in congregational settings. The degree provides a foundation in ministerial theory and practice that will assist students to pursue ministry vocations.

Degree Learning Outcomes

Having completed the MA in Practical Theology, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry within multi-cultural and multi-faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Exhibit effective ministry skill sets related to intended areas of service.

Requirements for Graduation

Students earning the Master of Arts in Practical Theology must complete 55 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. The full MAPT degree is offered at the Ashland Campus, Cleveland Center, Columbus Center, and Detroit Center. Less than 50% of this degree may be completed online.

Degree Design

Class Name Credit Hours
Preliminary and Summative Coursework
Step One Platform (required online, 5-wk non-credit bearing)
FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction 1 hour
FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction 1 hour
FLD 6602 Field Study (2) .5 hour
FLD 6603 Field Study (3) .5 hour
FLD 6610 Field Study Capstone 1 hour
Spiritual Formation Courses
SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines 2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer 2 hours
Core Courses
BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts 3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith 3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God 3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics 3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community 3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) 3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2) 3 hours
Ministry Cohort
CLD 6630 Leading the People of God 3 hours
CWP 5512 Worship and the Community of God 3 hours
PCC 5520 Well Being in Ministry 3 hours
PCC 5530 Pastoral Counseling and Care 3 hours
Practical Theology Courses
Choose 2 of the following 3 courses:
CRE 5501 Forming the People of God 3 hours
HOM 5511 Proclaiming the Word of God 3 hours
EVG 5513 Evangelistic Practices 3 hours
Elective Courses
Open Electives 6 hours
Total Hours 55 hours

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.

Interested?

The Master of Arts in Practical Theology invite 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 MA to be all they need to take their ordained ministry to the next level.


Who to Contact

Miles Larson mlarson1@ashland.edu 419-207-6977