Master in theology and ministry
Master in Theology and Ministry
About the program
We like to think of MATM as Theological studies for Ministry in a changing context. The Master in Theology and Ministry is a natural choice for students aiming at leadership positions in churches or organizations. MATM is a 120 ECTS credit program running over two years at normal progression. Because of flexibility built into its structure, and the use of online recourses, you may live where you already live and travel to the campus in Bergen only for the two learning intensives each semester.
What do you learn?
As the condition for religion changes in secularized European societies, theological education needs to change with it. MATM seeks to equip church leaders and employees in organizations with the competencies needed to engage in the uncertainties of future ministry in a constructive and critical manner.
The academic field of theology is in development. As MATM-students you are brought to the forefront of practical theological research: whereas some speak of an empirical turn, and are dedicated to the contextual and experiential side of theology, others advocate more of a theological turn interested in the distinct spiritual and revelatory nature of theology. In any case, MATM represents a sincere willingness to bring theoretical insights to the practice field, and practical disturbance to theory.
Where can you work?
- Leadership: With a MATM-degree, you are qualified for a wide variety leading positions in churches and Christian organizations.
- Catechist: With the right mix of elective courses, a MATM-degree meets the qualification requirements for the office of Catechist in the Church of Norway.
- Research: A MATM-degree fulfills the admission requirements of PhD-programs in Practical theology.
The first year consists of four mandatory courses:
- Thinking theologically about practice (15)
- Encountering God through Scripture (15)
- Spirituality and Spiritual Formation (15)
- Missional Ecclesiology in light of Trinitarian Faith and Contemporary Culture (15)
The second year, autumn, you choose 30 ECTS of the following:
- Youth ministry as theory and practice (15)
- Leading ecclesial change and growth in contexts (15)
- Kirkelig undervisning (15)
- Alternative courses accepted by application (15/30)
- Exchange abroad (30)
The second year, spring
- Master’s Thesis (30)
In the third semester (year two) you are as students are encouraged to take part in an optional international exchange. Students are required to have their exchange initiatives approved through an application process. One example of the pre-approved exchange program is the 30 ECTS Master-level course in Ecclesiology and Ethnography offered at the University of Durham (UK).
Facts about MATM
Each semester contains
- two week long learning sessions on campus in Bergen comprised of lectures, group-seminars, and case-based classes
- an online learning-program stretching over eight weeks before and between the learning sessions.
Language: English is working language. Assignments can be written in English or a Nordic language.
The application deadline is 1. February for international applicants. Next admission will open in November.
For Norwegian and EU residents the application deadline is 15. April. (Please use the online application form, please choose “NLA Høgskolen” in the “Institusjon” drop-down menu, then click “Gå til pålogging”. On the next page, choose English in the drop-down menu to the left.