Keep your job, build community, discern your future vocation, deepen your spiritual practices, and earn a Duke master’s degree
The Master of Arts in Christian Practice (M.A.) degree is designed for students to engage in disciplined theological reflection to enrich their Christian service in the church and world. The degree, which combines intensive on-campus sessions with live online learning, offers students the opportunity to reflect theologically on practices of lay professional ministry or other Christian service. This program is designed primarily for those seeking to enhance lay vocations while remaining in full-time ministry or in other professional positions.
The program’s core course sequence is designed to deepen students’ knowledge and appreciation of the Bible and Christian theological tradition.
Program courses, both online and on campus, are taught by regular Duke Divinity faculty and give students the opportunity to engage in a world-class education no matter where they are located. In addition to their classes, students participate in an ongoing seminar in Christian formation that seeks to integrate learning with spiritual practice.
Sample M.A. course of study:
|August||Introduction to Mission and Ministry
Introduction to Old Testament
|January||Introduction to New Testament
Introduction to Church History
|May/June||Introduction to Christian Theology
Introduction to Christian Worship
Specialized electives build upon the core curriculum, engaging students in contemporary practices of ministry. Each student will work towards a certificate in their own field of specialty by assembling electives, which may include a selection from, but are not limited to, this sample list of course offerings:
- Missio Ecclesiae (Missional Church and Evangelism)
- Intergenerational Christian Education and Formation
- Black Church Studies: Leadership and Justice in Communities of Faith
- Theology and Film
- Death, Grief, and Consolation
- Listen, Organize, Act
- Pastoral Care
- Bible Study Programs for the Local Church
- Cultivating Thriving Communities
- Christian Leadership and Administration
- Preaching in the Methodist/Anglican/Latinx Tradition