The Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies (MAPS) is a professional degree designed to foster the spiritual development and the integrative practical skills of pastors and lay leaders. The program is grounded in the academic disciplines of biblical and theological studies and pastoral praxis. It also evaluates and interacts with other academic disciplines to foster contextual learning and best professional practice.
The degree emphasizes development of Christian identity, integrity, and service to others. Students develop competencies in pastoral leadership, pastoral care, and pastoral evangelism and discipleship and are equipped to offer faithful spiritual leadership. The program promotes a holistic development of congregations in the contextual ministries and also exposes participants to the issues involved in planning building projects, budgeting, and managing physical facilities.
The MAPS degree is a thirty-six (36) semester hour program (except for those who do not have a baccalaureate degree in Religion or Theology) with a concentration in Church Development. Candidates must successfully complete all prerequisites and admissions requirements before regular admission to the program.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale).