MAAT Program Info

Vocational Options

This program prepares students for a variety of vocations in nonprofit settings, including:

  • Parachurch organizations and mission agencies
  • Community development organizations
  • Social justice and advocacy groups
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Humanitarian aid and relief agencies
  • Program staff and vocational ministry at local churches
  • Pastoral ministry and pastoral leadership


  • Articulate a basic understanding of the contents of the English Bible, and practice responsible biblical interpretation.
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the basic issues in Christian theology.
  • Exhibit a growing relationship with God through Christ that is grounded in scripture and nourished by the Holy Spirit through the commonly accepted practices of the spiritual life.
  • Evidence a capacity for cultural exegesis and ministry leadership that engages culture redemptively.
  • Graduates will demonstrate Christ-like servant leadership skills in specific areas of ministry leadership, including a theological understanding of ministry strategies and thorough understanding of best practices in their field.

Program Structure

  • Framework Studies (18 units)
  • Program Concentration (24 units)

Students select a program concentration (also called a ministry track) upon admission.

Framework Studies courses are available on campus or online.  The plan and schedule for Concentration courses varies by track.

Courses in the Ministry Development Tracks are offered in a cohort model. MA students join DMin students in the intensive courses of the ministry tracks. MAAT-only cohorts require a minimum of 8 students to launch. Courses are offered in residence and online.  The intensive coursework is a week-long intensive, 2 weeks out of a year.

Framework Studies (18 units)

  • Bib 501 Genesis-Song of Solomon (3 units)
  • Bib 503 Acts, Pauline Epistles (3 units) OR Bib 504 Gospels, Hebrews-Revelation
  • Bib 509 Biblical Interpretation (3 units)
  • Th 507 Christian Theology I (4 units) OR Th 508 Christian Theology II
  • SF 511 Principles of Spiritual Formation I (2 units)
  • Elective (3 units)

Ministry Development Studies concentrations (24 units)

  • Missional Leadership (Dr. Rick McKinley, supervisor)
  • Cross-Cultural Engagement (Dr. Paul Metzger, supervisor)
  • Evangelism (Dr. Tim Robnett, supervisor)
  • Spiritual Formation (Dr. Cal Blom, supervisor)
  • Youth Ministry (Dr. Rob Hildebrand, supervisor)
  • Church Revitalization (Dr. Jay Held, supervisor)