Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry.


Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry

Draw the Circle Wide

Whether your calling is inside or outside the Church community, the 45-credit Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (MATM) equips you with the education and skills to answer it.

This program is designed for those preparing for specialized ministries such as:

  • Youth ministry
  • Community organizing
  • Pastoral care
  • Music and worship leadership
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Religious education
  • Campus ministry

Drew’s MATM program is rooted in the long tradition of Wesleyan and Methodist commitment to higher education. It offers students the opportunity to prepare for public leadership or a specialized vocation through deep theological and ethical reflection informed by biblical, historical, theological and practical sources.

Learn Together and Where You Are

At Drew, we know that learning happens everywhere. The MATM degree program is designed to connect your learning in a ministry context, at Seminary Hall, in online video conference classrooms and in off-campus immersions. It can be completed in a combination of in-person and online learning organized in a mix of semester-long and intensive schedules. Although 2 years is the most common timing for an MATM, this degree can be completed in as little as 1 ½ years or can be taken part-time over 3 years.

Program of Study: Change Your World

The MATM program consists of a core curriculum of multidisciplinary theological training rooted in the mission of the church in the world, a vocational pathway and a vocationally-relevant contextual internship.

Missional (15 credits)

Required missional and multidisciplinary courses ground all students in religious heritage, theological and spiritual depth, moral integrity, pastoral practice and peace with neighbors. They have been designed by Drew’s renowned faculty in different fields and are grounded in classical theological disciplines and infused with pastoral practices, community partnerships and gospel values. Depending on your vocational pathway, you will take four to five of these courses:

  • Transforming Theologies
  • Bible and Its Interpreters
  • Christian Communities in Contexts
  • Gospel Living and Social Transformation
  • Global Faith Traditions and the Earth
  • Spirituality, Self-Identity and Vocation

Vocational (21 credits, including electives)

You will choose one of six flexible vocational pathways to build the skills that best suit your needs and passions.

  • Youth and Young Adult Ministry
  • United Methodist Ministry
  • Social Justice Advocacy
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Music, Worship, and the Arts
  • Christian Education

Adaptive (9 credits)

You will engage in experimental and experiential learning to help you develop adaptive leadership skills. In this sequence, students engage real-world contexts and challenges and test and adapt solutions:

  • Problem-solving learning labs
  • Vocationally-relevant internship
  • Capstone project