Master of Arts in Practical Theology

Parish and Community Ministry Specialization

Significant challenges arising from human desire and differences exist in parish and community ministries. Students in this specialization will learn educational and leadership practices enabling them to serve communities of faithful change. Graduates are prepared for a lifelong commitment to authentic self-understanding and honest theological reflection that will ground their teaching and leadership in their contexts of service.


12 credit hours from the following list of courses. (Students may not use ME-590 or PT-525 for the specialization if that course is used in the MAPT core requirements.)

CE-730: Queer Theological Ethics

CH-767:  The Social Gospel Movement

CT-658: Doctrine of the Church

ED-525:  Christian Education in the Urban Church

ED-680: Creating Learning Environments

HB-781:  Gender, Race, and Ecology in the Hebrew Bible

LS-525:  Faith, Money and Stewardship

LS-625:  Church Growth with Integrity

LS-650:  Conflict Management

ME-570:  Mission of the Church in the Contemporary World

ME-580:  Mission of the Church in a Multicultural Society

ME-590:  Mission of the Church in Global Context

NT/SR-630:  Gender in Ancient Religion

NT-727:  The Corinthian Correspondence

PC-500:  Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling

PT-525:  Being with the Poor

PT-530:  Congregations and Communities as Partners in Ministry with the Poor

PT-540: Doing Our Own Work

PT-610:  Spiritual Formation and Social Change

PT-640: Knowing Where We Dwell

SR-553:  Multi-Religious America


A note about dual degrees and specializations: There are some limitations to overlapping requirements between M.Div. specializations and dual degree requirements. For example, in the dual M.Div./MAPT degree, students cannot use the M.Div. required Spirituality course in a MAPT specialization as well.

Also, dual degree students cannot combine certain specializations because of the overlap. For example, in the M.Div. program a student may have a Spirituality specialization, but if that student is also seeking a MAPT degree, the student may not specialize in Spiritual Formation and Small Group Ministry. Please contact the registrar for more details.