Master of Practical Theology

The 36-hour Master of Theology is built around six church practices and designed for people in ministry. It offers an innovative and fresh approach to the teaching of Practical Theology.  The course departs from the standard mode of theological curriculum, which is divided into the four areas of biblical studies, history, theology and practical/pastoral studies. Through the Openseminary™ approach, the MPT uses six key dimensions of church practice as windows through which biblical, historical, theological and contemporary issues are examined. Knowledge of theory and practice is thus built up through an integrative inquiry that leads to new practical theological insights.  It is offered fully online or as a hybrid online and on-campus.


3 years 
Average time to complete

Cost per credit
Financial aid available
Scholarship options available


Online or on-ground with integrative seminars (optional) 

Locations Offered 
Anywhere in the world

Start Terms
March and August
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LEARN HOW TO DO THEOLOGY: Students learn how to identify emerging questions from their ministry context, engage theological disciplines and humanities to find answers to these questions; then, how to articulate and implement a theological response to the emerging questions.

LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE: Students interact and learn from experienced pastors, theologians and contextual thinkers, who are at the coalface ministry.

LEARN AT HOME: Students stay involved in their local church ministry while they attend lectures, access reading, and engage other students online.

LEARN WITH FLEXIBILITY: Students have access to course content on demand, on any device, anywhere, anytime.

Group Discount 

This program offers a group discount to students enrolling from the same church or organization.

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Note: This program replaced the Openseminary™ Master of Theological Studies. Current students can find information about the Openseminary™ MTS by viewing the Eastern University Catalog from the year they enrolled.

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