The Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry program is designed for those who wish to develop a deeper theological and spiritual foundation and a broader cultural understanding for ministry in churches, nonprofit organizations, and other vocational settings. During their second year, students who enroll in the M.A.T.M. program will be immersed in field education, where they will seriously engage in theological studies at the graduate level in preparation for specialized Christian ministry and service in the church and/or in the world.

By also providing a comprehensive introduction to the traditional disciplines, this course of study will seek at every point to integrate field experience and academic learning.

Normally two years of full-time academic work are needed to complete the program. There is a five-year statue of limitations on completion of the program.

M.A.T.M. Program Requirements

  • 72 credit hours program can be taken either part or full time with day and evening classes available.
  • Field Education
  • Integrative essay, which will be fulfilled by writing a 5,000-word essay on a topic that reflects theologically on a ministry focus of the church and demonstrates an awareness of the relationship between the chosen subject and at least two of the major areas of study required for the degree (Bible, theology/ethics, and church history). Three hours of credit can be awarded for the successful completion of the integrative essay.
  • Bible Content Exam

M.A.T.M. Program Concentrations

Missional Formation: Evangelism and Mission

A concentration is available for Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry candidates who wish to prepare for ministries in evangelism and mission. Their course of study should reflect the balance of studies described above. Electives can be selected to focus studies on domestic, foreign, urban, or general mission and outreach.

Sample electives include:

  • Three Peoples of the Book
  • Evangelism in Context
  • Planting and Leading New Churches
  • History of Christian Mission
  • Mission in a Religiously Plural Context
  • Gospel and Culture
  • Cross Cultural Immersion
  • Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
  • Introduction to Urban Ministry
  • Black Churches in Contemporary Public Life
  • The Future of the Church
  • Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

Spirituality and Worship

A concentration is available for Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry candidates who wish to prepare for ministries attending to Christian formation through spirituality and worship. Their course of study should reflect the balance of studies described above.

Sample electives include:

  • Bible and Worship
  • Biblical Roots of Christian Spirituality
  • Homiletic Analysis
  • Preaching in African American Traditions
  • Preaching as Spiritual Direction
  • Advance Homiletic Theory and Practice
  • Preaching the Headlines
  • Theology and the Practice of Holiness
  • Wisdom from the Desert
  • Protestant Encounters with Eastern Orthodoxy
  • Introduction to Christian Worship
  • Theology and Practice of Christian Worship
  • History of Sacred Music
  • Prayer and Christian Life
  • Theory and Practice of Christian Prayer

Pastoral Care

A concentration is available for Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry candidates who wish to prepare for further studies in pastoral care and counseling. Their courses of study should reflect the balance of studies described above.

Sample electives include:

  • Human Development
  • Theology of Pastoral Care
  • Systems Theory: Family and Congregational Dynamics
  • Addiction, Grace, and Healing
  • Classical Texts in Pastoral Care
  • Theology and Practice of Holiness
  • Transforming Faith and Loss/Transition
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Congregation as Caring Community
  • Death: Clinical and Pastoral Perspectives
  • Clinical Pastoral Education

Pittsburgh Seminary Blog

Facing the Dust Together: What Kate Bowler’s “Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved)” Taught Me about Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018

For a few years, my middle child was afraid of Ash Wednesday. He’d sit patiently through the homily, mumble along with Psalm 51 as best he could, but balk at the main event: the imposition of ashes. So he’d stay behind in the pew while his brother, sister, and whichever parent wasn’t leading worship filed forward to receive the oily, ashy smudge. The mystery of his fear was finally solved, when he asked, “Doesn’t it hurt?” “What makes you think it hurts?” I asked. “Ashes are hot.” I could see the undulating glow of burning embers in his imagination, and I understood. “Oh, no,” I said. “We order them, and [...]

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Don’t Be a Hero! And Other Guidelines for Choosing a Lenten Discipline

February 8, 2018

How should you decide what you are going to give up—or take up—for Lent this year? Here’s my plan: I’m going to wake up an hour earlier than usual, depriving myself of sleep and devoting that hour to prayer; read meditatively through the whole New Testament, paying particular attention to living the Sermon on the Mount; fast from sweets and chips, as usual, as well as from meat and Pinot Noir; write letters of encouragement to friends, family, and all my far-flung enemies; and call P. twice a week, whom I assiduously avoid during ordinary time, as penance. And do all of this before 7:00 a.m. each day. (Sorry P.—that’s [...]

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