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Master of Applied Theology

The Yellowstone Theological Institute Master of Applied Theology program offers students preparing for ministry—and other motivated learners— with graduate level training.

Foremost in the M.A.T. curriculum is solid instruction in God’s self-disclosure in the Old and New Testaments. Key theological concepts are also explored, including essential Christian beliefs and God’s work in the world and in individual lives. Rounding out the core are classes addressing the fundamentals of spiritual formation, communication in ministry, entrepreneurial leadership, and apologetics. Beyond the core, students will complete an additional 8 credit hours of elective courses. Each M.A.T. student will also enlist a mentor in his or her location who will oversee the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects.

The M.A.T. is offered in Bozeman, Montana, and Bellingham, Washington. Classes are delivered in a weeklong modular format several times throughout the year. Each class is followed by several weeks of follow-up assignments.

M.A.T. students share the classroom experience with Diploma of Divinity students. However, follow-up requirements differ significantly between the two programs, with master’s-level assignments being more extensive than those for diploma students and graded accordingly.

M.A.T. COURSES

Required of all M.A.T. students

Biblical Studies

BIB 201

Old Testament: Torah and the Histories

The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the Torah and the histories (Genesis-2 Kings), focusing on theology and interpretation to show how Scripture unfolds as one magnificent drama that situates us in relationship to God and his world.

(2 credits)

BIB 202

Old Testament: Prophets and Poetry

The Old Testament is vast, spanning from the creation of the cosmos to the exile of God’s people Israel. In this course, we examine the particular contexts, images, and stories of the prophetic and poetic books within their historical contexts (1 Chronicles-Malachi), focusing on theology and interpretation to show how these scriptures inform the grand narrative of God.

(2 credits)

BIB 203

New Testament: The Gospels

The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on Jesus of Nazareth as the solution to the cosmic problem originating in Genesis 3. This course focuses on the person, work, and teaching of Jesus provided for us in the four Gospels.

(2 credits)

BIB 204

New Testament: From Acts to Revelation

The New Testament continues and consummates the drama begun in the Old Testament. In particular, it focuses on the early church’s understanding of Jesus, how to be the ‘body of Christ’, and the consummation of time in the Book of Revelation. Application is made to the church today.

(2 credits)

Communication

COM 201

Preaching to Context: From Text to Hearer

This course studies preaching from sermon construction to the delivery of the message, with special attention given to preaching context, verbal delivery, and the variety of preaching styles.

(2 credits)

COM 202

Introduction to Pastoral Care, Counseling and Conflict

Introduction to Christian Counseling is one aspect of pastoral ministry, including self-evaluation, exploration of human spiritual/emotional frailty, practice of basic techniques, and understanding movement toward both personal and familial wholeness.

(2 credits)

Entrepreneurial Leadership

LED 201

Entrepreneurial Leadership

Entrepreneurial Leadership explores what it means to be a Christian leader in a postmodern, post-denominational culture. The class explores the latest in contemporary leadership theory with a focus on creative or ‘entrepreneurial’ leadership. The class applies these leadership principles in conversation with biblical and theological resources in order to explore the student’s vocation, as well as enhance the mission of the contemporary ekklesia.

(2 credits)

Mentored Ministry

MENT 201

Mentored Ministry

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. degree program will enlist a mentor, in their location, who will mentor the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course in the M.A.T. program.

(2 credits)

MENT 202

Mentored Ministry

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. degree program will enlist a mentor, in their location, who will mentor the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course in the M.A.T. program.

(2 credits)

MENT 203

Mentored Ministry

Students enrolled in the M.A.T. degree program will enlist a mentor, in their location, who will mentor the student in a variety of ministry programs and projects. Mentored ministry assignments will be provided in the syllabus of each course in the M.A.T. program.

(2 credits)

Spirituality

SPR 200

Spiritual Practices

Study of the spiritual practices regards the manner in which ministers and Christians-in-general attend to the care of their own spiritual lives, as well as how they can help others in identifying and managing the spiritual issues in their lives. The spiritual disciplines focus on creating healthy individual and communal spirituality, as well as how we can help others cultivate a healthy spirituality.

(2 credits)

Theology

THEO 201

Thinking Theologically

Many Christians today have learned to think “biblically” but don’t understand how to think “theologically,” or even why such thinking is important. THEO 201 explains the why and how of thinking theologically, in addition to covering the basic teachings of the Christian faith

(2 credits)

THEO 202

Ecclesia: Church and the Mission of God

In this course, the student moves from a focus on the changed life to changing lives. The course explores the nature of the church as the body of Christ, community life in the Spirit, and the nature of movement, or better, mission, as the vocation of the church. The student finds out that the church is a ‘movement’ empowered and guided by the love of God

(2 credits)

World and Culture

WCT 201

Apologetics: Living Christ in a Pluralist World

What does it mean to live and promote the ‘good news’ of Jesus in a pluralist world? This course covers the practice of following and witnessing to Christ in a world of competing religions and worldviews. The course gives an overview of select world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism), secularism, scientism and consumerism, with a selection of Christian engagements.

(2 credits)

Electives

Students will choose from 8 hours of electives when offered.

Course Load

Two courses per session will be considered a full load in the Master of Applied Theology program. Students desiring to take more than two courses in a session must petition YTI for an overload. An overload of three courses will only be considered in consultation with and upon recommendation from the student’s mentor.

The M.A.T. degree can be completed in 36 to 48 months.

The ‘Peripatetic’ Course Model

Following the ‘peripatetic’ model of Jesus, Paul, and ancient Greek philosophers, YTI is committed to ‘face-to-face’ instruction in different locations alongside an online presence. This hybrid form of instruction is designed to meet the needs of the contemporary student and 21st century church.

Our goal is to meet students where they are and to provide them with the education and guidance relevant to the needs of their communities. As part of pursuing this goal, our classes are offered on a rotating basis in Bozeman and at our regional center in Bellingham, Wash.

Classes typically meet for one week with a total of 15 hours of classroom time. Meeting times are usually scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-noon, Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. (with the Thursday session concluding at 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.), or Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. (with the Thursday session concluding at 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m.) For those pursuing academic credit, the week of in-person classes will be followed by five weeks of reading, course assignments, and online interaction with the instructor.

*NOTE: All programs subject to change.