Upcoming courses for admitted students
The following courses are only for students who have been admitted to one of AMBS’s degree or certificate programs. See a list of courses that are open to nonadmitted students.
Note: The following courses cannot be audited.
Questions? Contact the Registrar’s Office, or download the current course list and block schedule for details.
Semester Two, 2020–21
Campus courses: Jan. 12 – April 30, 2021
Tuition due: Jan. 5, 2021
MA Formation and Assessment
One credit hour — Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD — Not available for audit
Students register for the MACF project for two consecutive semesters. In the first semester, students plan and receive approval for their final project. In the second semester, they implement and evaluate the project and meet with the faculty project supervisor and the second reader. Students integrate biblical, theological, and historical knowledge with pedagogical, spiritual, and performative competence in the fulfillment of the project.
Three credit hours — Janna Hunter-Bowman, PhD — Weds, 1:30–4:30 p.m. — Not available for audit
This summative seminar takes place during the final semester of study for MATPS students. It includes meetings with other MATPS students and the student’s faculty advisor. Students will focus on writing a synthesis paper that integrates theological, theoretical, and practical analysis of peacebuilding work drawn from the internship. This paper then serves as the basis for the MATPS comprehensive interview. MATPS students must satisfactorily complete the seminar and the comprehensive interview to be eligible for graduation.
Three credit hours — Janna Hunter-Bowman, PhD — Not available for audit
MATPS students complete a full-time semester-long internship in a location approved by the Peace Studies Director. The internship site must have a qualified supervisor to guide and evaluate the student’s learning and growing competence in peacebuilding work. Two online modules are required during the internship: one on compiling field notes sufficient for further analysis (INT673); and one on spiritual practices for sustaining the work of peacebuilding (INT674). It is recommended that students take Practicing and Embodying Nonviolence before the internship.
MDiv Ministry Formation and Assessment
One credit hour — Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD — Thurs, 1:30–4:30 p.m. — Not available for audit
This seminar directs MDiv students in the completion of their formation portfolio and ministry case study paper. It helps prepare students for the senior interview and for completion of the senior ministry assessment. This seminar provides the structure for students to focus intentionally on their growth and integration in the pedagogies of knowing, doing, and being, with particular attention to their anticipated ministry vocation.
Three credit hours — Leah Thomas, PhD — Weds, 1:30–4:30 p.m. — Not available for audit
The primary content for this two-semester course is the student’s experience in an 8- to 10-hour-per-week ministry internship. This context provides a setting for the student to test and refine ministry skills, develop ministerial identity, and grow in self-awareness and confidence as a practitioner. The student may do the internship in a congregation, church institution, or community service agency under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. Weekly classes led by an AMBS faculty member focus on fostering the skills of theological and ethical reflection on the practice of ministry; peer consultation; and the development of healthy personal boundaries. Students must submit an application to the Missional Leadership Development Director and be advanced to candidacy for the MDiv degree by the faculty after completing 11 credit hours at AMBS.
Three credit hours — Rebecca Slough, PhD — Not available for audit
The SME is a 400-hour professional internship served in a congregation, church institution, or community service agency under the supervision of an experienced practitioner. Students may complete the SME on either an intensive basis (full time) or an extended basis (over two semesters). The SME site and supervisor are arranged in consultation with the Missional Leadership Development Director. Students must submit an application to the Missional Leadership Development Director and be advanced to candidacy for the MDiv degree by the faculty after completing 11 credit hours at AMBS. Ministry in Church and World is recommended as a prerequisite.
Three credit hours — Andy Brubacher Kaethler, PhD — Not available for audit
Students enrolled in the MDiv program with a Theological Studies major may petition to write a thesis. If the petition is approved, the student must register for this research course in the next two semesters and, if necessary, MDiv Thesis Extension for up to two semesters after that, until he or she completes and successfully defends the thesis. Students must complete the thesis in two years or less. For more information and instructions, see the MDiv Manual.