Master of Arts in Public Theology

Take your faith to the public square and make room for others to join.

Public theology is concerned with social justice and engages theology and contemporary issues at the intersection of the church, academia and civil society. Public theology is performative and dynamic; it dwells in dialogue and does not shy away from critique.

The 39-credit-hour Master of Arts in Public Theology (MAPT) deepens the knowledge and skills of those working to build societal peace, justice, and the common good. The MAPT offers formation for the next generation of practical, public theologians by cultivating abilities for negotiating the dynamic interplay in these areas: Christian heritage, congregational culture and contemporary society; theological, educational and social- science disciplines; and the diversities of human and creaturely existence.

Students who take 9 credit hours each semester and at least 3 credit hours for one intensive term each year typically complete this degree within two years.

MTSO offers courses both in person and online. While some courses are available exclusively online or exclusively in person, the vast majority are available in both modes, employing HyFlex education.

Note to those seeking United Methodist ordination

The MAPT degree fulfills United Methodist requirements for ordination as deacon. Please note that courses required for United Methodist ordination will increase the total credits required to 45. Learn more about fulfilling United Methodist ordination requirements here.

MAPT degree requirements

MAPT degree audit

MAPT degree audit for United Methodist candidate seeking ordination

Dual-degree information

MTSO offers the opportunity to pursue two master's degrees at once. Here are the specific requirements.

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Talk with an admissions counselor about MTSO and the MAPT degree. Email or call 800-333-6876.