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Master of Arts in Public Ministry (MAPM)

Students in this program aspire to fulfill their Christian vocations to love God and serve neighbor through public ministries of advocacy, organizing, and justice-making in collaboration with other communities of faith and conscience. In particular, this program equips laity serving in community, social, or justice-oriented organizations who seek to enhance their public work by engaging with theological education and formation.
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Dr. Timothy Eberhart
"We have designed this program to educate faith leaders for wise, courageous, and transformative public ministries in service to God's loving justice for all peoples and creation." - Dr. Timothy Eberhart, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology

Concentration Tracks

Students in the MA in Public Ministry degree take a combination of foundation courses, public ministry courses, and open elective courses. With their concentration electives, students can choose a concentration track in Ecological Justice, Racial Justice, or Child Advocacy. A student may also propose a concentration, the approval of which depends on relevant course availability. Open electives can be used for additional courses in a concentration area, to complete ordination requirements for deacons in The United Methodist Church, or to meet a combination of objectives.

Field Education

Without exception, Garrett-Evangelical graduates point to their field education experience as key to their seminary education. Our field education program reflects the Seminary’s philosophy that students mature into ministry by knowing, being, and doing. Master of Arts in Public Ministry students take one year of field education, serving at the field site 14 hours per week.

Our program offers:

  • Field Site Discernment – We guide each student to a field site where their call and vocational goals will be supported, challenged, and refined.
  • A Variety of Sites – Options include a variety of social service and outreach ministries in non-congregational settings. We have a strong commitment to provide cross-cultural experiences.
  • Mentoring – Students meet weekly with the field site supervisor for theological reflection and support. Peer Group discussions are facilitated by experienced ministry professionals.
  • Compensation – Students receive a stipend for their work at their field education site.

Affording Your Education

One Student. One Scholarship.

At Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, every master degree student receives a scholarship. Scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students and are designed with an eye toward each student’s passion and our mission. Scholarships range from 25% of tuition up to 100% of tuition with stipends. To learn more about all of our scholarship opportunities, please visit

NEW: Fellows Program

Deacon Fellows

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been a leader in preparing students for ministry as a deacon since The United Methodist Church created the Order of Deacons in 1996. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Order of Deacons, Garrett-Evangelical is excited to launch the Deacon Fellows Program beginning in Fall 2017! You can learn more about Deacon Fellows, as well as the Deacon Studies program at Garrett-Evangelical, at

Pan Methodist Fellows

Since 1970 and the foundation of the Church and the Black Experience, Garrett-Evangelical has had a strong emphasis on African American experience and ministry. In line with this commitment and our Methodist heritage, Garrett-Evangelical is launching a new Pan-Methodist Fellows Program in order to better support AME, AMEZ, and CME students who are called to ministry. To learn more about the Pan-Methodist Fellows program and all of our scholarship opportunities, please visit

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Ministry

Our faculty is one of Garrett-Evangelical's greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. They represent most of the major denominations and a variety of theological perspectives. Our faculty members have published hundreds of books and articles, and several hold places of international recognition and preeminence in their fields.

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Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Public Ministry is a 56-hour degree program and is most often completed in two years for students enrolled full time.

Online Learning

While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia, we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. The maximum number of courses which may be taken in an online format is 1/3 of the degree. Students receiving advanced standing or transfer can take no more than 1/3 of remaining credits toward the degree in an online format. Students seeking ordination should check with the appropriate church authorities to see if there are more specific guidelines that must be met.

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Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in the English language

Admission Process

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to determine, in its sole judgment, whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific degree program or for the vocation that the program represents. International student applications are due by March 1st.