Home / Academics /Programs of Study /Seminary / Master of Arts in Practical Theology The purpose of the program is to build upon the education of those who have already taken a college major in Pastoral Studies, Biblical Counseling, Missions, or related Biblical subjects. This program stresses the importance of the application of material gained on the undergraduate level. Admission Requirements A minimum of 30 semester hours of Bible and theology at the undergraduate level, or their equivalent, is required before admission will be granted to the M.A. in Practical Theology program. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is expected in one’s undergraduate work. Students are permitted to transfer a maximum of 12 acceptable graduate credits into this program. Students pursuing pastoral ministry should have had at least 2 semesters of homiletics and an apprenticeship as a part of their undergraduate experience. This requirement may be waived, at the discretion of the seminary faculty, for those who have at least one year of full-time pastoral experience. Graduation Requirements A candidate in the M.A. in Practical Theology program must have completed all courses with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 and must have completed all requirements pertaining to the degree program. This program requires 36 hours of graduate study, at least 18 of which must be in the major field. M.A. by Module and Online Courses Students may complete the M.A. in Practical Theology degree in residence, or they may complete the degree without relocating to the Ankeny area by taking only module and online courses. After completing 9 credits, module/online students must apply to a degree program and be assigned a resident faculty adviser. View this program’s course requirements. Check the seminary catalog for complete details.