Austin Seminary to Offer New Degree Program Beginning Fall 2012

On March 1, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary received approval from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to offer the Master of Arts in Ministry Practice (MAMP), beginning in fall of 2012. This new degree equips individuals for general pastoral leadership in two years of full-time study, and continues Austin Seminary’s tradition of strong theological education for the practice of ministry.

“We are excited to begin offering this new degree program, as it increases the options that students have for vocational preparation at Austin Seminary,” Academic Dean Allan H. Cole Jr. said. “With its focus on the practice of ministry, coupled with the ability to complete the course of study in two years, the MAMP will allow the Seminary to resource additional communities of learners and leaders called to ministry.”

This degree will enhance students’ theological comprehension, develop their capacities for communication in speech and writing, deepen their proficiencies in the pastoral arts, and foster their spiritual growth. This degree program requires coursework in biblical studies, theology and history, and the ministry arts (preaching, worship, pastoral care, Christian education, leadership and administration, and mission and evangelism).

Austin Seminary offers four degree options, including the Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Arts (Theological Studies) (MATS), Doctor of Ministry (DMin), and a dual degree MDiv/MSSW with The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.


Degree Overview


The Master of Arts in Ministry Practice degree equips individuals for general pastoral leadership. It offers opportunities to focus on specific areas in the practice of ministry.


Requires 102 credits, a minimum of two years of full-time study. 


  • 3 courses from the Biblical Department
  • 3 courses from Department of the Church's History (Christian Education, Leadership & Administration, Mission & Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Preaching & Worship)
  • 3 courses from Theological-Historical Department
  • Supervised Practice of Ministry
  • MAMP Capstone Seminar
  • Elective Options (Students typically focus their electives on a specific aspect of ministry.)
To Apply or Find Out More:
To apply for admission to the MAMP program, or to learn more about any of our degree programs, please contact the Admissions office.