Master of Arts in Practical Ministry 2 Emphasis

Program Core and Emphasis

The Master of Arts in Practical Ministry (MAPM) degree provides the student with a practical approach to the application of Scripture and theology across various ministry disciplines. Emphasis is placed on the basic knowledge and skills necessary to engage in effective study, teaching, or pastoral care. 

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This Master of Arts degree is appropriate for lay ministers and full-time ministers. There are two possible tracks, one for study and teaching, and the other for the work of pastoral care or chaplaincy. The program may also provide an academic foundation for further graduate training, ministry credentials, or for transitioning from lay to professional ministry.

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Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

Admission Requirements

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Core Program Goals

The Master of Arts program is designed to:

  • Provide students with a biblical and theological foundation for ministry.
  • Develop research and analytical skills for ongoing biblical and theological studies.
  • Develop communication skills necessary for the ministry.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.

Core Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Arts degree program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the biblical and theological foundations for ministry into their chosen area of service and leadership.
  • Understand and practice disciplines to develop spiritual character.
  • Utilize research methods to study and apply Christian truths in lay or full-time ministry settings.

Tuition

The total tuition for the Master of Arts Degree in Practical Ministry (MAPM) is $19,800

The program length is 24-months. Students can choose the following payment method:

  1. Pay annually, will enjoy a 3% tuition deduction
  2. Pay monthly, there will be an additional 3% processing fee

 

Program Emphasis

The MAPM program offers two tracks or emphases:

  1. Jewish Foundations of the New Testament (36 units)
  2. Care of Souls (36 units)

Both emphases share the same core curriculum of seven courses; five additional courses are specific to each emphasis.

Unit Requirements

The Master of Arts degree is a two-year program consisting of 36 units (semester hours). Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry coursework, you will complete a Written Comprehensive Exam.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Master of Arts degree in Practical Ministry the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Successfully complete all courses in the degree program.
  • Complete and pass the written comprehensive exam.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.
Emphasis

MAPM - Jewish Foundations of the New Testament

The MAPM study track in Jewish Foundations of the New Testament is designed to give the student an understanding of the biblical and cultural backgrounds of Jesus, His disciples, and the early New Testament church.

Emphasis Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • Analyze the New Testament writings in light of their authorship, audience, and their historical/cultural backgrounds.
  • Understand and describe the Jewish foundations of Christianity.
  • Apply the theological, cultural, and devotional understanding of the New Testament to life and the practice of ministry.

Course List

Core Courses (21 units)

GS 501 – Theological Research and Writing

MT 501 – Spiritual Formation

MT 505 – Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

NT 501 – Introduction to the New Testament

OT 501 – Introduction to the Old Testament

TH 501 – Theology 1

TH 502 – Theology 2

Jewish Foundations of the New Testament (15 units)

JS301 – Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought

JS 503 – Jewish Foundations of Christianity

JS 511 – Second Temple Judaism

NT 513 – Jewish Background of the Parables

OT 502 – Historical Geography of Israel

Total for the program – 36 Units

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry coursework, the student will complete a Written Comprehensive Exam.

Emphasis

MAPM - Care of Souls

The MAPM study track in Care of Souls is designed to assist the student in deepening their understanding and skills in the biblical care of souls.

Emphasis Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • Apply the principles of pastoral care, biblical counseling, and crisis counseling to various ministry settings.
  • Exhibit the character of Christ in caring for those needing pastoral or chaplaincy care.

Online Course List

Core Courses (21 units)

GS 501 – Theological Research and Writing

MT 501 – Spiritual Formation

MT 505 – Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

NT 501 – Introduction to the New Testament

OT 501 – Introduction to the Old Testament

TH 501 – Theology 1

TH 502 – Theology 2

Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy (15 units)

MT 511 – Principles of Spiritual Care

MT 513 – Practical Crisis Counseling

MT 514 – Pastoral Counseling for Recovery and Restoration

MT 523 – Ministry of Healing and Reconciliation

MT 526 – Christian Counseling Ethics

Total for the program – 36 Units

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry coursework, the student will complete a Written Comprehensive Exam.

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