The Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) is a two year (36 semester hours) program of studies that focuses on the core fields of Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Pastoral Studies.
Two Ways to Get the MAPT: Online or On-Campus
Who Is It For?
The Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) program allows the student to prepare for several supportive roles to those serving in positions of ministerial leadership, as opposed to the MDiv and MACM that focus on the development of particular ministerial skills. The program is available for those who are planning to function in the following vocational opportunities:
- Associate Pastor
- Church Administrator
- Lay Leader
- Bible Teacher
Goals for This Degree
Upon satisfactory completion of the Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) program the graduate should be able to accomplish the following objectives:
- Demonstrate interdisciplinary knowledge as it relates to biblical studies, theological/historical studies, and pastoral theology.
- Evaluate and communicate biblical theological truths in the context of Christian ministries.
Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) Requirements (36 Hours)
Fields of emphasis provide opportunity for students to complete studies in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, and Applied Theology (Pastoral Studies). The curriculum requires 12 hours of Theological-Historical Studies, 12 hours of Biblical Studies, and 12 hours of Church Ministries.
The candidate for the Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) must earn a minimum of twenty-one (21) semester hours through BMA Seminary. Up to fifteen (15) semester hours of work may be transferred from an accredited institution toward the Master of Arts (Pastoral Theology) degree.
All courses taken must be 500-600 level.
Biblical Studies (12 Hours)
- OT 511 Old Testament Introduction and Survey I
- OT 512 Old Testament Introduction and Survey II
- NT 511 New Testament Introduction and Survey I
- NT 512 New Testament Introduction and Survey II
Theological-Historical Studies (12 Hours)
- TH 511 Systematic Theology I
- TH 512 Systematic Theology II
- CH 511 General Church History I
- CH 621 Survey of Baptist Heritage
Church Ministries (12 Hours)
Required Course (3 hours)
- PM 517 Theology of Disciple-Making
Students may substitute PM 514 & EV 512 for PM 517 and one elective.
Electives (9 hours)
- RE 511 Church Administration
- RE 513 History & Philosophy of Christian Education
- RE 535 Advanced Christian Psychology
- PM 521 Theology of Worship
- PR 517 Hermeneutics in Preaching
- Miss 511 Advanced History & Philosophy of Missions
- Miss 514 Biographical History of Missions
- Miss 521 Selected Topics in Missions
Students must choose three of the above courses or courses determined by the Dean to be consistent with the purpose and outcomes of the degree.
Comprehensive Program Exam