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Master of Arts in Practical Theology (MAPT)

The Master of Arts in Practical Theology (MAPT) offered by Pfeiffer University is a degree for adults seeking to serve God and their neighbors in a variety of ways. Students may choose a specialization in Christian Education and Age Level Ministries; Church Administration; Missions and Evangelism; and, through a partnership with Carolinas HealthCare System, Pastoral Care and Counseling. 

Special Features

  • Classes are offered in weekly, weekend and intensive formats as well as online, giving you the options needed to continue a career while pursuing your degree.
  • The discipline of practical theology combines practical ministry with academically rigorous theological reflection, equipping you for leadership in churches and society, enhancing your preparation for ministry and beyond.
  • Classes are conducted in an intimate learning environment with students and professors from diverse backgrounds and life experience.
  • The MAPT degree continues to offer specializations in Children's Ministry and Youth Ministry within the CE/Age Level Ministry track.
  • Pfeiffer University's Center for Deacon Education is partnered with Wesley Theological Seminary to offer all of the basic graduate theological studies required for the UMC Deacon track.
  • Through the MAPT degree program and the Center for Deacon Education, you may complete over 32 semester hours fulfilling the requirements for the Advance Course of Study in the United Methodist Church.
  • Students seeking denominational certification may register as a non-degree student. Approved certification tracks for United Methodists include Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Children's Ministry and Spiritual Formation.
  • Most students qualify for financial aid and scholarships.

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Within the basic track it is possible to specialize in one of the following areas: Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, or Organizational Leadership.

Children's Ministry

In addition to the core curriculum, three courses would be required:

  • CHED 611 Christian Education with Children
  • CHED 623 Godly Play: A Ministry of Christian Formation for Children
  • CHED 660 Field Work with Children

Featured Faculty Member: Dr. Dick Gibson is a nationally known leader in Godly Play and has worked with Jerome Berryman in equipping Christian educators and churches in the art of Godly Play. He has been a part of the Pfeiffer University faculty for over 10 years.

Youth Ministry

In addition to the core curriculum, three courses would be required:

  • CHED 612 Adolescent World
  • CHED 613 Christian Education with Youth
  • CHED 661 Field Work with Youth

Featured Faculty Member: Dr. Almeda Wright is a former Assistant Director of the Youth Theological Initiative and as the Issue Editor of the Practical Matters Journal.  Read more about Dr. Wright.

Organizational Leadership

In addition to the core curriculum, four courses would be required (NOTE- Principles of Management is an undergraduate prerequisite for this specialization):

  • MBA 602 Organizational Behavior
  • MSL 681 Organizational Leadership
  • MSL 685 Human Resource Development
  • MSL 687 Organizational Change Management