Pastoral Ministry (off-campus)—MAPM
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is for NAD experienced pastors and recommended lay leaders whose ministerial functions make it impossible to engage in an extended study program at the Seminary. While admission to the program is similar for all groups of applicants, the curriculum reflects emphases for English or Hispanic ministry tracks.
This 48-credit program can typically be completed in four years.
Course work is offered off campus twice annually in one- and two-week intensives, normally at Adventist educational institutions. Students should expect pre- and post-class assignments as part of the total academic requirements of each course.
There are no application deadlines for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Program. Enrollment is on a rolling admission basis.
- Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
- Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.50
- English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit a minimum TOEFL or MELAB score of 80.
- Ministerial Applicants English/Hispanic: Provide evidence of successful ministerial experience during the past five years.
- Lay Leader Applicants: Must demonstrate excellent academic skills, provide evidence of extensive, active, and successful ministry in service areas such as Sabbath school teacher, youth leader, elder, deacon, etc. during the past five years. Recommended by their local church pastor and local conference leadership.
- Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
- Recommendations: Three recommendations are required—must include a conference administrator, a colleague in ministry or a local pastor if applicant is a layperson, a local church elder. You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
- Resume: Information about your employment and church leadership roles.
- Personal history: Submit an autobiographical history and statement of purpose reflecting your family and religious development, sense of calling to ministry, experience in church work, and future goals in relationship to the MAPM program.
- Personality questionnaire: Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed. Not needed for the Hispanic track.
The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.
To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.
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