Columbia Theological Seminary is known for the practical application of scholarship in theology and other related fields. The purpose of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology degree or MAPT is to equip persons for a broad array of ministries through the practice of theological and contextual reflection. With faculty representing multiple denominations, our courses in practical theology will deepen and broaden your understanding of Christian practices.
Areas of Concentration
Pastoral Care/Pastoral Theology
Worship, Preaching, and the Arts
7 COURSES · 21 CREDITS
Each of these courses must be successfully completed to earn the MAPT degree:
Intro to Practical Theology (3 credits)
Old Testament Interpretation (3 credits)
New Testament Interpretation (3 credits)
Christian Ethics (3 credits)
1 course in History of Christianities, American Religious History, or World Religions (3 credits)
Christian Theology I (3 credits)
Capstone Course in Practical Theology (3 credits)
Contextual Education Course Credits
1 COURSE · 6 CREDITS
Area of Concentration Course Credits
4 COURSES · 12 CREDITS
Intro course in Area of Concentration (3 credits)
Three additional courses (9 credits)
Elective Course Credits
3 COURSES · 9 CREDITS
TOTAL: 48 CREDITS
The degree is designed as preparation for specialized professional or volunteer ministry in congregations and beyond. The degree may also be appropriate for lay persons serving in non-ordained ministry positions.
The MAPT program is a basic degree and has the following requirements: Basic Degree Requirements. This program may also be used as part of a dual degree option to add an area of specialization to a Master of Divinity degree.
Prospective MAPT students are encouraged to attend one of our Discover Columbia events on our campus in Decatur, GA.
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