Programs of Study
Phillips Theological Seminary offers several options for your future in ministry. Watch the introductory video below or choose one of the options to learn more about our various 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.
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.
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 38 credit hour 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.
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.
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Graduates of the 32 credit hour 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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. The program is 18 credit hours and can be completed online.
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