The Master of Arts in Practical Theology (MAPT) at Pfeiffer University prepares students to serve God and neighbor as servant leaders. This 40-hour program builds upon a core of Bible and theology classes with a choice of four specialization tracks: Christian Education Generalist, Christian Education/Children’s Ministries, Christian Education/Youth Ministries, Pastoral Care and Counseling.
MAPT students typically complete the program in 3–4 years or less. Core curriculum courses focus on:
- Servant Leadership in the Church
- Systematic Theology
- Survey of the Biblical Testaments
- Practical Theology
40 credit hours
Complete in 3-4 years
Located at the Charlotte campus
Areas of focus:
- Christian Education Generalist
- Christian Education/Children’s Ministries
- Christian Education/Youth Ministries
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
The United Methodist Church generally accepts the Master of Arts in Practical Theology plus the completion of the Basic Graduate Theological studies from an approved seminary. Pfeiffer University offers these courses through the Center for Deacon Education.
In partnership with Wesley Theological Seminary, courses offered through the Center for Deacon Education are specifically designed to prepare persons for ordination and ministry as deacons in The United Methodist Church. All of the Basic Graduate Theological Studies courses are offered in a two-year cycle on the Pfeiffer University Charlotte Campus.
More than 32 semester hours are available through the Pfeiffer MAPT program and the Center for Deacon Education to fulfill the requirements for “Advanced Course of Study” in The United Methodist Church.
Through Pfeiffer University many of the educational certifications overseen by The United Methodist Church may be obtained including certification in Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministries, Older Adults, and Spiritual Formation. These courses are offered in both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Undergraduate courses may not be applied toward the graduate degree. Please contact the director of the Master’s Program for more detailed information.
The MAPT degree is fully accredited and approved by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church and satisfies the academic requirements for certification in Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and Spiritual Formation, as well as the requirements for Christian Education certification in the Presbyterian Church.
The Center for Deacon Education at Charlotte, a Pfeiffer University-Wesley Theological Seminary partnership, offers the Basic Graduate Theological Studies required for candidates seeking ordination as deacons in The United Methodist Church and the advanced course of study for local pastors.
Servant Leadership in the Church (3 SH)
Survey of the Old Testament (3 SH)
Systematic Theology in the Contemporary World (3 SH)
Survey of the New Testament (3 SH)
Critical issues in Christian Ethics (3 SH)
Practical Theology Seminar (3 SH)
Spiritual Formation (3 SH)
Capstone (1 SH)