The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is intended for experienced pastors over the age of 35 whose ministerial functions and employment responsibilities make it impossible to engage in an extended study program at the Seminary. The goals of our program are to deepen the understanding, reflection, and skills of the pastors in the core qualities of character, evangelism/ discipleship, leadership, management, relationship, scholarship, and worship. While admission to the program is similar for all groups of applicants, the curriculum reflects emphases for English or Hispanic ministry tracks (for details, see below). The program can be completed in 4 years. A full course load is 6 credits per semester.
This program is offered at designated locations within each Union of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. For more information visit http://www.andrews.edu/inministry/.
The MAPM is not designed to prepare students for advanced degrees. If a student later wishes to pursue an advanced degree in the seminary, they will need to do additional coursework on the masters level. (See the admission requirements under the advanced degrees.)
The MAPM offers effective graduate education for experienced English and Spanish-speaking NAD pastors who seek a deeper walk with God, a greater knowledge in the practice of ministry and a continuing commitment to the message and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist faith.
Total Credits - 48
NOTE: All courses in this program are to be taken for 3 credits.
Discipleship and Religious Education - 9
Theology and Christian Philosophy - 6
The MA in Pastoral Ministry degree is awarded upon completion of a minimum of 48 credits of formal course work.
- Course work in North America is offered off campus twice annually in two one-week intensives, normally at Adventist institutions. Students should expect pre- and post-class assignments as part of the total academic requirements of each course. The intensives generate the equivalent of 6–12 credits annually.
- All students must participate in supervised ministerial experience as part of their degree requirements.
- Attendance of at least 6 credits on the Andrews University campus (or approved complete degree site) during the first year of the program is required. This residency requirement is offered as an approved exception to the Association of Theological Schools larger residency expectation stated in Degree Program Standard B, section B.3.1.3.
Maintaining Academic Standing
- Students failing to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 are placed on probation. Any student remaining on probation for the equivalent of two years (maximum of 18 credits) must withdraw from the program.
- Only grades of a C- or above will count towards the 48-credit requirement.
- Following an absence of two years or more, a student’s previous admission status will have lapsed and the student must reapply to the program.
- Course work should be completed within six years of beginning the program. Credits older than ten years will not be applied toward the degree.
Admission to the MA in Pastoral Ministry is based on the following requirements in addition to the general admission requirements for all graduate students and the general Seminary admission requirements:
- Hold a BA degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Provide evidence of successful pastoral leadership during the past three years.
- Be recommended by the local conference administration, a pastoral colleague and a local church leader/elder.
- Complete the Mentoring Agreement Form (retrieve from the Ministerial Mentoring Experience page).
- Be over the age of 35. (Exceptions by petition only.)
- Complete a Criminal Background Check.
Because seminary students will, during and/or after their studies, be working in positions of trust, applicants who have lived in North America (US or CN) for 6 months or more are required to complete a Criminal Background Check before being accepted to the seminary. This is a regular requirement for many areas of leadership and is required by the North American Division for all volunteers and employees who work with children.
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- An interview with a representative of the MAPM program may be required, either by personal contact, telephone, or video.
- Applicants to all Seminary programs are required to complete and submit to the Seminary the “Pre-Admission Conduct Disclosure Statement.”
Policy for Applicants Who Hold Degrees from Unaccredited Schools or Lack Baccalaureate Degrees:
Applicants who hold degrees from unaccredited schools will submit the following:
- A research paper: 12-15 pages on a biblical/theological or ministerial topic that demonstrates solid academic-level research and writing skills.
- A resume documenting at least 3-years of ministry/pastoral leadership and work experience.
- A statement of purpose including their call to pastoral ministry showing authentic biblical spirituality.
- Three recommendations (as indicated above)
- Official transcripts showing the completion of an undergraduate (baccalaureate) degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- A letter of petition from a church administrator (usually conference president or ministerial director) requesting/endorsing the applicant’s admission to the program
- Interview: Applicants will be interviewed by the program director or one of the Deans. The interview will address key elements of the applicant’s life, including his or her philosophy of ministry, life experience, goals, distinctive doctrines and theology.
- Additional credits: For students accepted into the MAPM program, an additional 6 credits will be required as per the recommendation of the MAPM director.
Lack of Baccalaureate Degree
For applicants who lack baccalaureate degrees, in addition to all requirements above, they must also:
- Submit official transcripts showing the completion of a minimum of 60 undergraduate credits (semester) or an associate degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- Additional Credits: For students accepted into the MAPM program, an additional 14 credits will be required as per the recommendation of the MAPM director.
- If required, the applicant will be interviewed by the program director or Seminary Dean.
Students requesting consideration under these exceptions must submit a complete graduate application prior to being considered for admission.
Students who meet the above requirements will be processed by the program’s office, taking to the Masters Admissions Committee only those cases that fall outside of this policy/protocol.
Transferred and Earned Term Credit Limits
- All course credits applied towards degree requirements should be earned within 10 years of the awarding of the degree.
- Upon approval by the dean, a maximum of 24 graduate credits may be transferred from approved seminaries or universities, including Andrews University.
- A maximum of 8 credits may be transferred from another conferred degree upon approval by the dean.
Reapplying to the Pastoral Ministry MAPM Program
- Following an absence of two years or more, a student’s previous admission status will have lapsed and the student will need to reapply to the program and pay all the admission fees. Students will be accepted under the current bulletin.
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Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
- Deliver effective biblically-based sermons.
- Demonstrate proper biblical interpretation skills.
- Understand the historical-theological development of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- Train church members for evangelism.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to empower church members for leadership.
- Reach specific social groups.