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MA in Practical Theology - Church and Ministry

The Master of Arts in Practical Theology with a concentration in Church and Ministry degree program at Regent University may be of interest to those looking to prepare to lead and grow a congregation. Keep reading for more information about this degree and its requirements.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Practical Theology with a concentration in Church & Ministry

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students interested in the Master of Arts in Practical Theology program with a specialization in Church and Ministry at Regent University may have an interest in a management or administrative role at a church or other faith organization. Students should have skills in leadership and an interest in leading groups in worship. All applicants to Regent University graduate programs must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university; some programs have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University's MA in Practical Theology program with a Church and Ministry specialization is designed to teach students about church leadership. Students will have the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the Bible and Christian doctrine, as well as ways to lead and manage a faith community. Courses could instruct students on solving challenges of ministry and how to be a spiritual guide for a congregation. Other topics might include managing church volunteers and how to grow a church's membership.

Learning Format:

Online or on campus

Program Length:

48 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Practical Theology with a concentration in Church and Ministry:

The MA in Practical Theology program at Regent University requires the completion of 48 credit hours. These are broken down into 30 credits of foundational courses, 12 credits within the Church and Ministry concentration, and 6 credits of a capstone project. Exact requirements and course descriptions are subject to change; contact Regent University directly to confirm all requirements before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Courses (30 credits)

  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Unity of the Bible
  • Foundations for Biblical Mission
  • Leadership in Church & Ministry
  • Spiritual Formation Foundations
  • Christian Theology
  • Pneumatology
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Church History 1
    • Church History 2

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Students select four of the following:
    • Models of Biblical Discipleship
    • Pastoral Care, Counseling & Conflict
    • Christian Leadership Development
    • Ministry Administration
    • Preaching Ministry
    • Pastoral Theology
    • Technology & Media in Ministry
    • Foundations for Ministry Coaching
    • Leadership Coaching for Life Focus
    • Leadership Ministry Coaching Specialty

Capstone (6 credits)

  • Spiritual Formation Internship
  • Spiritual & Vocational Integration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Upon completing of this Church and Ministry degree program , graduates may decide to seek further education by completing a doctorate. A doctorate in this field may enhance its graduates' leadership abilities and help them improve their ministry practice and biblical knowledge. Program options include:

  • PhD in Organizational Leadership - Ecclesial Leadership, Regent University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology, St. Thomas University
  • Doctor of Worship Studies, Liberty University

Career Paths:

Graduates of Regent University's MA in Practical Theology with a specialization in Church and Ministry may have gained the abilities to lead worship and coach a Christian congregation in faith and practice. The completion of this master's degree may qualify graduates for careers such as the following:

  • Church administrator
  • Pastoral staff
  • Ministry specialist
  • Christian educator

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