Master of Arts in Practical Theology


The Master of Arts in Practical Theology (M.A.) is a professional theology degree for those who have been called to specialized ministry settings. This program underscores the importance of the application of theology to everyday life and ministry. Spiritual formation, coursework, research and internships will help you develop practical solutions to ministry challenges.

Length: 48 credit hours. Students typically complete this degree in two and a half to four years. The program must be completed within five years. Students may begin the program in August, October, January, March, May or July.
Format: Eight-week courses are offered on campus or in a distance program consisting of a combination of online and on-campus modular courses. The online program requires a minimum of six courses to be completed via one-week modular or via traditional on-campus semester format.
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Features: The M.A. is available in four concentrations.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will:

Experience holistic formation with emphasis on Christ-like character and spiritual vitality.

Develop competence in biblical literacy and interpretation, the history of Christianity and theological reflection from a Renewal perspective.

Prepare for Christ-centered leadership in the education, training and development of communities served.

Enhance their global competence for balanced understanding, practice and participation in diverse contemporary contexts of life.

Advance their proficiency in the content, theory and practice of ministry.

Core Courses

Students in the M.A. program take 18 credit hours of "context" courses, 15 credit hours of "perspectives" courses, 12 credit hours of "concentration" courses and a 3-credit-hour supervised ministry experience.

Context Courses
UNIV LIB Library Info Research & Writing 0 credits
ENGL 500 Graduate Academic Writing 0 credits
SFRM 501 Spiritual Formation Foundations 3 credits
BIBL 504 Biblical Hermeneutics 3 credits
BOTB 500 Old Testament 3 credits
BNTB 500 New Testament 3 credits
HCHT History of Christianity (choose 1 of 4) 3 credits
THEO 500 Christian Theology 3 credits
Perspectives Courses
One Intercultural Elective 3 credits
ICSD 500 World Christian Perspectives, ICSD 521 World Religions, ICSD 531 Theology of Global Missions or ICSD 545 Cross-Cultural Communication
Three Interdisciplinary Electives 6 credits
One BIBL, BNTB, or BOTB course (Biblical Studies), one HCHT course (History), and one THEO course (Theology)
One Ministerial Leadership Elective 3 credits
PMIN 501 Leadership in Church & Ministry, PMIN 524 Preparation of Biblical Messages, PMIN 525 Pulpit Ministry or THEO 522 Christian Ethics
Concentration Courses 12 credits
Supervised Ministry Experience 3 credits
Read course descriptions and more detailed program information in Regent's academic catalog.


Church & Ministry

Provides a wide range of classes covering the theology and practice of ministry in both church and para-church settings. Courses vary by semester and include Pastoral Theology, Women in Ministry, and Foundation for Ministry Coaching.

Intercultural Studies

Designed to enhance the global competence of students and to prepare them for serving in a diverse range of cultural contexts. Courses vary by semester and include History of Global Missions, Cross-Cultural Communication, and African Pentecostal Theology.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Students can choose courses from across the disciplines represented within the School of Divinity in order to tailor a program concentration to their individual academic and ministry interests. In addition, it is possible to take up to two courses from another graduate school within Regent University so students can develop other skills and perspectives that will enhance their ministry preparation.

Worship & Renewal

Designed for students who desire to deepen their theological, historical and practical understanding of worship and renewal, this concentration includes Worship: Biblical Perspectives; Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs; Contemporary Worship; and the Worship Leader.

Tierra S. Gibbs M.A. '12

Tierra S. Gibbs, M.A. '12

Chaplain, U.S. Army Reserves

"My journey through the School of Divinity was transformational, challenging and inspirational. The Spirit-filled faculty and staff were dedicated to my success as a student and a military officer, and my classes—both on-campus and online—exuded excellence and sound biblical teaching. Regent helped guide me into my destiny as a military leader and is truly the leading global Christian university."