Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

The MAPM prepares graduates for specialized roles in churches or other ministries. Students ordained in denominations that do not require the MDiv often use the MAPM to enhance their knowledge and ministry skills.

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an acceptable grade point average. Students who lack an undergraduate degree may be awarded the Certificate in Practical Ministry by completing the same curriculum.

The MAPM requires completion of 48 hours of courses as outlined below. The degree can be completed in as little as two years of full-time study.

Bible Department (15 hours)

  • BI 502 Principles of Exegesis
  • OT 501 Old Testament I
  • OT 502 Old Testament II
  • NT 601 New Testament I
  • NT 602 New Testament II

BI 501 Bible Survey is required of first-year students who do not pass the Bible Challenge Exam.

Theology Department (9 hours)

  • CH 502 Ref & Mod Church History

Students must take two of the following:

  • ST 601 Systematic Theology I
  • ST 602 Systematic Theology II
  • ST 603 Systematic Theology III

Ministry Department (9 hours)

  • CE 551/CE 551Z Spiritual Formation
  • PM 705 Supervised Ministry
  • PM 507/PM 507Z Evangelism

Other (3 hours)

  • PM 501 Introduction to Theological Education

Concentration (12 hours)

BI 501 Bible Survey is required of first-year students who do not pass the Bible Challenge Exam.

Concentrations

Students must complete 12 hours of coursework in one of the following concentrations. Students are enrolled by default in the Generalist concentration, but may choose another concentration by notifying the Registrar.

Generalist (12 hours)

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • CE 505 Christian Education
  • PM 604 Church Leadership and Administration
  • PM 609 Pastoral Care Ministry
  • WP 601 Worship and Preaching I

Pastoral Care Ministry (12 hours)

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • PM 609 Pastoral Care Ministry
  • CO 607 Basic Counseling

Electives (6 hours) *

  • CO 570 Human Growth and Development
  • CO 580 Family and Marriage Counseling
  • PM 715 Family Ministries
  • PM 774/775 Clinical Pastoral Education I/II

Educational Ministries for Youth and Families (12 hours)

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • CE 505 Christian Education
  • CE 713 Teaching the Bible

Electives (6 hours) *

  • CO 570 Human Growth and Development
  • PM 715 Family Ministries
  • PM 720 Children and the Church
  • PM 725 Youth Ministry
  • PM 733 Effective Ministry with Adults

Evangelism and Missions (12 hours)

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • PM 742 Developing the Missional Church
  • ST 780 Apologetics

Electives (6 hours) *

  • MS 775 Islam in the West
  • PM 745 Church Planting and Renewal
  • PM 786 The African-American Church

* or other electives approved by the student’s advisor

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