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

The Master of Divinity Will Challenge You

September 22, 2017

Getting my Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a lot like the video for Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime”. No, really, stay with me here. If you’ve not seen the video, it features Talking Heads’ lead singer, David Byrne, wearing an ill-fitting suit with a bowtie and a pair of horn-rimmed glasses that would make George McFly jealous. He is visibly uncomfortable, sweating, seemingly out of breath, engaging in what could charitably be called dancing against a wavy turquoise background. Byrne spasms arrhythmically, epileptically, twitching and lurching like a marionette trying to avoid enemy fire, all the while talk-singing in a cadence reminiscent of a [...]

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Seeing God in the World through Short-term Mission

September 18, 2017

In the fall of 2014, my wife, TJ, encouraged me to look into going on a mission trip through Pittsburgh Seminary’s World Mission Initiative. I was apprehensive in the beginning because this was my first year in seminary and I had never been outside the United States or Canada. After looking at the different trips offered in the spring, I joined a group that regularly met over lunch to share about their relationships with folks that they met while in Southeast Asia on previous WMI mission trips. Through the stories I heard and the learned reality of God’s people in this land, I had to go for myself and witness [...]

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