MA in Practical Ministry

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The Master of Arts (MA) in Practical Ministry is designed to prepare qualified persons to be effective Christian ministers and church leaders in proclaiming the gospel, strengthening the church, and serving humanity. It seeks to prepare students for the profession of ministry and for effective Christian service. The program is biblical in its orientation with reflection on theological studies including history, spiritual formation and how to minister in today’s culture. A strong focus of the program is practical ministry that is relevant to contemporary life.  Additionally, this program provides a foundation for students to pursue more advanced studies such as the Master of Divinity (MDiv) offered by Amridge University. The MA program is open to applicants who hold the BA or BS degree.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology program the graduates will be able to:

  1. Reflect in a critical manner on the Christian mission to practice ministry in strengthening the church and serving humanity;
  2. Demonstrate skills in various methods of ministry relevant to contemporary culture in Christian service;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of biblical and theological studies that provides the basis for various types of Christian ministry;
  4. Support a foundation for personal and spiritual growth that facilitates the edification of spiritual formation in others. . Seek admission into more advanced studies such as the MDiv degree based on a well- developed scholarly, theological, and reflective foundation.

These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree. 

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Arts in Practical Ministry may be completed in five semesters.  A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN PRACTICAL MINISTRY

Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 60 graduate semester hours of which at least 33 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University, if there is no Advanced Bible Placement applied.

2.    Complete all required coursework for the degree;

3.    Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0;

4.    Pass the Comprehensive Exam.  Students must register for BI 7012 Comprehensive Exam for Master of Arts in Practical Ministry to prepare for the exam.  The Comprehensive Examination serves as the Program Exit Examination; and

5.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.