Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry


The Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry degree couples rich theological inquiry with formative practices to prepare leaders for lay ministry, diaconal and, in some traditions, ordained ministry, or for service in bi-vocational settings such as teaching, business, social work, NGOs, and non-profit organizations. The M.A.T.M. is a forty-eight semester hour degree with two tracks:

  • Congregational Ministry
  • Social Transformation

Optional Certificates of Study within the M.A.T.M.:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Black Church Studies
  • History, Theology, and Ethics
  • Military Chaplaincy
  • Pastoral Care
  • Sexual and Gender Justice

See Brite’s masters programs side by side. 

Due to the generosity of donors, M.A.T.M. students are eligible for generous financial assistance in the form of need and merit-based tuition grants. More information about tuition and fees is available here.

View coursework and other degree program requirements related to the M.A.T.M. program here.

The Masters Admissions Committee normally acts on completed applications within six weeks. If the action is favorable, the applicant will receive an offer of admission as well as an indication of any tuition grant or stipend award.

Admission Requirements:

M.A.T.M. applications must meet the following requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree or equivalent (GPA: 2.75 and an average of not less than 3.0 in courses taken at the junior and senior level.)
    • Those with a GPA between 2.50 and 2.749 or whose junior and senior course level work is below 3.0 may be eligible for admission on academic probation.
    • The Admissions Committee may consider applicants who do not meet these standards on a case by base basis.
  2. Admissions interview
  3. Essays
  4. Letters of Recommendation
  5. Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions
  6. TOEFL (if applicable)
  7. Application Fee