Programs of Study

Phillips Theological Seminary offers several options for your future in ministry. Choose one of the options below to learn more about our various programs.

Degree Programs

Master of Divinity Degree (MDiv)

The 82 semester-hour Master of Divinity program is the basic graduate professional degree program in the seminary and is designed to provide a foundational academic preparation for an educated ministry. The MDiv program is designed to prepare leaders equipped to create, sustain and nurture vital communities that are following the way of Jesus.

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Master of Arts in Ministry and Culture (MAMC)

The 48 semester-hour Master of Arts in Ministry and Culture (MAMC) and the 82 semester-hour Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree programs are both designed to equip persons to fulfill their vocations in providing faithful and effective forms of ministry in congregations and in the world. While the more extensive MDiv remains the degree required for ordination in most denominations, the MAMC degree, like the MDiv, requires Supervised Ministry and is designed to affirm and respond to the educational needs of persons interested.

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Master of Social Justice Degree (MASJ)

The Master of Arts (Social Justice) degree program gives students an opportunity to reflect on social justice as a central concern of contemporary Christian theologies. This program should interest many students, but in particular those who want to prepare for or continue to work within non-profit organizations that address justice issues in society, some of which are connected with churches or religious organizations; and those who have retired from professional life and are seeking ways to enhance their Sunday School education and to discover direction for a renewed sense of service and outreach to larger communities.

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Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The purpose of the 48 semester-hour Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree program is to develop broad theological understandings for general education purposes.

The MTS degree program has two distinct tracks; General Theological Studies, and Pre-doctoral Theological Studies.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Graduates of the DMin program will be prepared to exercise advanced skills in church and society issues including abilities to:

  • Articulate an understanding of social change as a function of pastoral leadership that is grounded in theological and biblical reflection and responsive to the history of Christianity particularly as it is reflected in student’s own denominational heritage;
  • Identify and address cultural issues surrounding race, gender, economic and cultural globalization, and interfaith relations from a theological/biblical standpoint; and
  • Develop strategies for community engagement and change around particular issues of common concern.

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Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

The PHS/Phillips Clinical Pastoral Education LEVEL I is an extended parish/community based course intended to meet the standard requirements for one unit of certified ACPE approved training.   The course design engages students in critical reflection in order to gain greater self-awareness, ministerial identity, and effective ministry skills.   Through the use of clinical/ministry settings, reflection, and didactic instruction with individual and group supervision by a certified ACPE supervisor, progress towards specific learning outcomes will be achieved and evaluated.

Phillips Theological Seminary is a satellite center of the Presbyterian Healthcare Services (PHS) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. CPE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Level I CPE addresses basic competencies and issues of pastoral reflection, pastoral formation, pastoral identity and functioning in one or more units of CPE. A CPE student must meet Level I CPE outcomes, as documented in the Supervisor’s evaluation, as a prerequisite for acceptance in Level II CPE.

First Semester
CPE 500 Clinical Pastoral Education Level I
 is an extended parish-based course intended to meet the standard requirement of a one-half unit of certified ACPE training. The design of the course is based on the action-reflection peer learning model of experiential education. Students will engage in critical reflection in order to gain greater self-awareness, ministerial identity, and effective spiritual caregiving skills. Through the use of verbatim case studies, didactic instruction, and individual/group supervision by a certified ACPE supervisor, progress toward specific Level I learning outcomes will be achieved and evaluated.

Focus: Identifying personal myths, Vocational calling, System theories, Theological reflection.

Second Semester
CPE 510 Clinical Pastoral Education Level I 
is an extended parish-based course intended to meet the standard requirement of a one-half unit of certified ACPE training. Like CPE I, this course will engage students in the action-reflection model in order to gain deeper levels of self-awareness, ministry identity, and effective spiritual caregiving skills. Students will continue to reflect using verbatim case studies, didactic instruction, and peer-learning activities. Evaluation by the supervisor and students will assess progress toward completion of Level I CPE outcomes as defined in the current ACPE Standards manual.

Prerequisites include successful completion of CPE 500.

Focus: Pastoral leadership, Boundaries and the Limits of Care, Social theory and community organization, Skill development and pastoral interventions.

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Non-Credit Programs

Ministry Training Program - Certificate in Pastoral Ministry

As an MTP student, you’ll not only learn from our top-notch faculty, but you’ll also build a network of others engaged in ministry. The Ministry Training Program is not designed for those who want to do ministry the way it’s always been done. If you want to make a difference in this changing world, we’ll help you push beyond your comfort zone.

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Audit Program

Phillips Theological Seminary offers classes for no academic credit through an audit program. A limited number of auditors may be permitted in some courses, depending on course size and type.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate programs (no academic credit) at Phillips Theological Seminary offer the opportunity to access courses from the theological curriculum for personal or professional enrichment. Certificate students attend classes and complete assigned readings, but are not required to do written work or take tests. All certificate programs are 15 semester hours. Certificates are offered in the following areas:

  • Biblical Studies
  • General Theological Studies
  • Social Justice Studies

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Non-Degree Programs for Academic Credit

Special Student Status

Special Student status is granted to applicants in order to take classes for credit to transfer to another institution, to complete denominational requirements, to get a feel for seminary, or for personal enhancement.

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Graduate Diplomas

Graduate diploma programs at Phillips Theological Seminary offer the opportunity to take classes in a specific area of concentration for master’s credit. Students in graduate diploma programs choose this option to accomplish a variety of personal or professional goals.

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