Master of Arts in Practical Theology – MAPT

Columbia Theological Seminary is known for excellence in the teaching, research, and scholarship of practical theology. The purpose of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology degree program, or MAPT, is to equip persons for a broad array of ministries with rigorous, creative, interdisciplinary coursework. Guided by 13 faculty members with diverse research interests and denominational affiliations, the MAPT curriculum is designed around the conviction that theory, theology, and practice are inextricably connected to one another. Students can therefore expect to both deepen and broaden their understanding of faithful, informed practices of ministry in and across diverse contexts.

Areas of Concentration

Educational Ministries, which focuses on the teaching, learning, and spiritual formation of people and communities through liberative forms of education
Pastoral Care/Pastoral Theology, which integrates therapeutic practices of care with attention to intercultural, global structures that affect and inform suffering and healing
Worship, Preaching, and the Arts, which focuses on how arts and aesthetics support transformational practices of worship and preaching

Required Courses

7 COURSES · 21 CREDITS

Each of these courses must be successfully completed to earn the MAPT degree:

Introduction to Practical Theology (3 credits) (please note this course typically meets as a 1-week August intensive before the student’s first Fall semester, with further assignments due throughout the Fall semester)
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
Introductory 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 masters degree and has the following requirements: Application Materials Checklist. 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.

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