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Formation & Preparation

Grow Your Skills & Knowledge at Columbia

Our students engage in a wide range of theological and social issues in the classroom, in open forum discussions, and with hands-on experience with world-class faculty.

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) / Master of Arts in Practical Theology (MAPT) dual degree program offers students the most robust opportunity to explore the depth and breadth of theological education.

Through the combined curriculum, students ask broad theological questions and prepare for ministry in the church and the world. Students also have an opportunity to delve more deeply into a particular area of focus. By pursuing the degrees concurrently, students can reduce by one year the overall amount of time required to graduate.

In the dual-degree program, students select one of the following concentrations:

  • EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY focuses on teaching, learning, and spiritual formation of people and communities through liberative forms of education.
  • PASTORAL CARE & PASTORAL THEOLOGY integrates therapeutic practices of care with attention to intercultural and global structures that affect and inform suffering and healing.
  • WORSHIP, PREACHING, AND THE ARTS focuses on how the arts and aesthetics can inform and support transformational practices of worship and preaching.

Students in Columbia’s MDiv, MAPT, and MDiv/MAPT dual degree programs are required to enroll in a Supervised Ministry internship for which they receive academic credit. From congregation-based internships to specialized settings, students will work closely with mentors to hone their skills for ministry.

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